Beginners Route - Multi Pitch Rock Climb
North Conway, NH
Back to climbing with Sean again. He had injured his foot earlier in the season and only now was getting back to climbing. Since he was still experiencing a bit of pain when walking, we decided to cut the route short to rappel down instead of topping off and walking down the trail. We only climbed the first 5 pitches (490ft) but I got to lead the first 3 pitches. It was so much fun, especially that 2nd pitch. I was also stoked that we had no one behind us on the route. I didn't feel rushed and I was able to focus on looking for pro placements.
Trad lead is addicting. Besides the mechanical aspect of the sport, I love that it involves problem-solving and climbing/risk management - it's totally fun! Looking forward to more trad climbing!
I didn't get a chance to take a lot of photos, so here are a few. Too busy climbing! ;D
Looking up at P2 from the belay
Bringing Sean up P2
Looking up at P3 from the belay
I was tempted not to place any pro
on this pitch since the climb was so
easy, but I did end up placing 3 pieces; a cam, a pink tricam, and then another cam.
Little pedestal at the end of P4
Piton just above the P5 belay
Views from the Smile Belay