Sunday, September 17, 2017

Bombardment to Upper Refuse - Multi Pitch Rock Climb



Shaka! from P2 Upper Refuse

Bombardment (5.8)
Trad, 2 pitches, 160 feet
Lower Left Wall/Ventilator Slabs
Cathedral Ledge, North Conway, NH

Upper Refuse (5.5)
Trad, 3 pitches, 200 feet
Barber Wall
Cathedral Ledge, North Conway, NH







Bombardment (5.8)
Looking up P1. That headwall crack at the start of the first pitch isn't the start for me, so I scrambled up the left side onto the first ledge. That faint Dike is a super fun. Sean lead (both pitches) and if he fell from the runout Dike, would most likely be over the ledge. A fall from a second would pendulum. Glad I love Whitehorse run outs. This was run out for sure, but challenging in a fun kind of way. 










Looking up P2. Sean did an fantastic job of leading P2! It was scary fun, especially a small section where the holds were shiny and slippery. I got to practice climbing with my feet in the crack....and it didn't even hurt (thank you Scarpa Techno X! )
















Upper Refuse(5.5)
While on UR, Sean and I watched Scott lead Black Crack (5.10b) and Sarah Garlick follow. It was super fun to watch them shove their left arm and leg into the off-width crack as they made their way up the crack. 


A party of 4 climbers came up behind us at the base. While we were waiting for the second climber of the party in front of us to come up, the lead climber of the party of 4 came up just to below us at the belay station. I'm glad Sean told the lead climber that I was a new lead. His belayer on the ground was yelling up to him to go up past us, no doubt to the tree. But I'm glad he didn't and stayed out of my way as well as off the tree for the belay anchor. He waited until I was up at the tree anchor and then came up and built a gear anchor in the corner of the ledge. I brought Sean up P2 and then we swapped leads and Sean took P3. 


Looking down P1

At the belay station of P2 waiting

Love my new Scarpa Techno X!


Bringing Sean up P2

Overall, it was so fun climbing at Cathedral Ledge. Big crowd at UR so make sure you get there early enough to get in line - typical UR Sunday! We only came in one vehicle so after topping out and checking out the Lookout, we walked down the road to the base of the ledge. 

Lookout at the top of Cathedral Ledge, 
climbers on the route Camber 5.11b

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hiking With Llamas!



Selfie with 11-yr old, Expo

Fun hike with the At A Snail's Pace Hiking meetup group this morning! We met in the parking lot of the Northwood Meadows State Park and Michael finally introduced the group to our surprise guests! Duncan, Expo, and his momma Alli-oop joined us for a morning walk. Their pace was pretty fast but by the end of the hike, they had slowed down and was ready to get back into their trailer and leave. Everyone in our group was welcomed to lead the trio on our walk. Thanks to their mom Charlotte, and dad Bob for bringing along this exotic trio.

Duncan, Charlotte and Michael

Michael and I with 7-yr old Duncan


Leading 17-yr old Alli-oop

Our group taking a break by the lake




Monday, September 4, 2017

Piscataquog River - Whitewater Kayaking



Got to do some whitewater kayaking for the very first time! The section of river that we kayaked was running with Class I rapids with a Class II drop at the very end. I was anxious at first, but as the day wore on, I relaxed and could focus on what Tom was teaching me. Kayaking down rapids is so exhilarating! I learned so much from Tom like; Eddy, Ferry, River right/left/middle, put in, take out, rapids, drops.... Must learn to store everything in my Sea To Summit eVac Dry Sack! I stored my extra layers and food, but not my wallet, inhaler, bug spray, live and learn! Thanks so much for the fun Labor Day Sean and Tom. Enjoy a few photos of our day. Note: these photos don't do any justice to the currents and moving water we experienced while kayaking.

Put in at the Gregg's Falls - Powerhouse & Dam 

Tom at the Put in

Going over some "basics" before we head off



Piscataquog River Gage House used for 
River Observations and Forecasts at the
American Whitewater website.


Take out just past the Henry Bridge behind me




Links:
American Whitewater: https://www.americanwhitewater.org/

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Weissner's Dike - Multi Pitch Summer Rock Climb




Weissner's Dike (5.6)
Trad, Alpine, 6 Pitches, 650 feet Grade II
Cannon Cliff, Cannon Mtn.
Franconia Notch, NH

This route is 6 pitches but we climbed the second pitch in two pitches because it was super windy. There was a group of 3 on Consolation Prize, props to the lead climber who climbed the runout slabs in this wind. Kept an eye out on the weather but it never turned bad all day. Cold in the morning with lots of wind on the lower pitches. But it was calm at the last top pitches.

I really love that first pitch. The "Dike" is super fun. There's a stuck grey cam on this pitch, of course we used it! 

Lots of loose rock along our second, third and fourth pitches, but no rockfall during today's climb.

Last pitch - Graded as  a 5.6 - this must be for tall climbers. Sean had no problems getting up this flake. But for short, old folks like me, this is a lot harder than a 5.6...ain't gonna lie! 3 years ago, when we climbed Lakeview, I barely got up it. Today, given the long day, I aid climbed it. Yes, it can be aid climbed. Once at the top of the flake, Sean set an Alien with a 3 foot sling and draped the sling over the flake. Once at the flake, I hooked a locking biner to the end of the sling. Then connected a 6 foot sling and put two knots in it for my steps! This makeshift aider was enough to get me up and over that flake. Next time I climb up this pitch, I will definitely bring my Black Diamond Alpine Aider to try out.

Fantastic leading by Sean - excellent pro all the way to the top!


Enjoy a few photos of our day in Franconia Notch, NH!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sliding Board - Multi Pitch Summer Rock Climb

Shaka from Pitch 2 Belay of Sliding Board


Sliding Board (5.7R)
Trad, 9 Pitches, 1000 feet
Whitehorse Ledge
North Conway, NH

I love climbing The Slabs of Whitehorse Ledge. But today I couldn't wait to get off of it! When the lead climber (of the group of 4 in front of us) starting shrieking, my only thought then was that Sean and I had to get the fuck off Whitehorse......

Although I was eager to lead, I was nervous because I had never climbed Sliding Board. I was also nervous watching the group in front of us. It was obvious that no one in this group knew where they were going. One of their lead climbers, who was about 20 feet above the second bolt of the second pitch, turned to a guide who was anchored in the "crystal pocket" and asked him where the anchor was. He answered, "10 feet to your left, or 100 feet above you." She traversed to her left and found the anchor. Lots of places to put pro in cracks, but she didn't put any between that second bolt and the anchor.

I was also worried that I wouldn't be able to place enough gear along the way to the anchor. The good thing about the pitch just off the Launch Pad is that Sean would be able to see me the entire pitch and could call out to me if necessary. The group of 4 in front of us went straight up from the Launch Pad and placed one piece of pro to the anchor. We didn't follow them. Instead Sean had me go up diagonally to the left. I placed 4 pieces (including a bolt) and headed off to a bunch of flakes with cracks near the section of bushes on the left. I thought Sean meant for me to place a piece of pro at these cracks before heading up to the anchor. I was just about to kneel down to place a piece in the crack, when Sean asked me where I was going. I had gone too far left so I ended up setting up an anchor at a small tree. It had a couple of worn grey webbing and two rap rings and is used to sling for the Wedge routeFrom there Sean lead up to the anchor of the second pitch. From where I was anchored at the small tree, I couldn't see him at the next anchor. That's when I heard Sean talking to the group in front of us. 

From the belay station of the 4th pitch you can't see the lead climber once they cross over the dike. But from the belay station of the 3rd pitch, Sean could see the lead climber and asked him if he was okay. He told Sean that he couldn't find any place for pro and that he couldn't find the anchor. (I suspect he was looking for a bolted anchor.) Sean told him that he was 30 feet past his anchor and asked him where his last piece of pro was. It was an Alien 30 feet below him and it was his second piece with his first piece near the beginning of the dike....no pro in the left facing corner cracks. Sean told him he had to downclimb and build an anchor. The lead climber started downclimbing but his belayer couldn't see him and kept taking in slack almost pulling him off the wall and that's when the shrieking started. 

At that point I wanted to get down. As soon as I was on belay, I made my way up, crossing over some lichen and cussing the entire time. I got up to clean the piece of pro off of the anchor of P2, I yelled up to Sean that as soon as I got up to him at the anchor, we were going to rap down - fuck this shit! I mean seriously, I watched the lead climber climb atop the crack where he was supposed to build gear anchor - but didn't, and almost witness him getting pulled off. This was turning into a shit show and Sean and I had front row seats to it. 

Sean told me that he agreed with me but that I needed to calm down. We still needed to climb to the next anchor in order to rap off its rap rings. More cussing. But Sean was right. I also needed to calm down and focus on climbing that steep ramp section. I did calm down and really enjoyed that section of the pitch! I don't think I'd have any problems leading up to that first bolt. But that second bolt.....  And Sean did a great job protecting between the second bolt and the anchor with 4 pieces....several flake cracks perfect for a couple of C4's and a C3. And a bomber tricam just before the anchor!

As soon as the anchor belay at the end of pitch 3 was clear, I belayed Sean up and then I followed. I felt worn out. Almost 4 hours to climb just 3 pitches and lots of waiting around - we did a lot more waiting than climbing. I couldn't wait to get down. I was supposed to lead that 4th pitch as well. But Sean and I would have had to wait for the anchor station below the headwall to clear. Plus, knowing that the lead climber almost had an 'epic' on that pitch was such a killjoy. 

Other climbers, Owen and Steve, were on the Beginners Route and yelled down to the group if they needed any help. They were ready to rap down to them from the Standard Route, if needed. And if the lead climber did fall and injure himself, no doubt Sean and I would also stop to assist in every way possible. Too bad they didn't have a guidebook or a copy of the MountainProject.com beta with them. It's really important to learn as much you can about the route you're climbing, especially if you're leading it. If you fall and injure yourself its not just about you. But it also becomes about your partner(s) and those other climbers and rescuers who come to your aid. And don't lie about your ability/experience. Sean and I were told that the lead climber had climbed this route before.

Seriously, there's so much beta online to take advantage of.  MountainProject.com is a great source of beta and photos! Plus, there are guidebooks for purchase that cover many climbing area/routes as well!

For our rap down, we did get to put into practice the technique that I learned from Marc Chauvin's Transition Clinic. I showed Sean the setup for the Climb-to-Rappel transition. It was fast and simple. And since that clinic I've given up using a sling for an extended rappel and as a PAS. It's so much more faster and easier to just clove hitch into the anchor. For an extended rappel I now use a quickdraw made with a Petzl Dogbone and Black Diamond's VaporLock and RockLock Magnetrons. (thanks Dave Lottman!)

Weekend climbing in North Conway.....

Few photos taken on our climb:
Waiting from the Launch Pad

Blueberries on pitch 1 ledge of Wedge


70m ropes from the tree on the "Wedge" route to
the P2 anchor. Used P1 anchor as pro.


Pitch 4 belay with the left facing corner cracks


Rapping from pitch 4



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Cormier-Magness 2017 - Multi Pitch Summer Rock Climb

wheat thin arete, whitehorse ledge, cormier-magness
Belaying Tom up pitch 2 - Wheat Thin Arete


Cormier-Magness (5.6)
Trad, 8 Pitches, 1150 feet
Whitehorse Ledge
North Conway, NH

Blueberries, run-outs and slabs, oh my! My favorite place to climb is the run-out slabs of Whitehorse Ledge. When we climbed Cormier-Magness late last summer, I didn't lead P5 & P6 like it should have been lead. So today Sean, Tom and I went back to "re-do" the Cormier-Magness route. I took P1, P2, P5 & P6. Sean took P3 & P4. And 16-year old Tom lead the last two pitches, P7 & P8.  Took up way more gear than was needed. But it was a good day, and the wild blueberries were delicious.  This route (MP) is fun and gorgeous - definitely my favorite route on The Slabs! And thank you Chris Magness for the additional beta! :)


Enjoy some photos taken of our day - GoPro's Quik app I'm trying out. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Farley 4th of July Climbing - Rock Climbing


Spent the afternoon climbing several 5.9's at Farley Ledges in Erving, MA. Then capped it off with an easy sport lead. Great group to spend the holiday climbing with! Can't wait to go out climbing with this group again! Check out a few photos of our day.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017 U.S. Senior Open



Salem Country Club
Peabody, MA

Not climbing or hiking but had to share this anyways! My husband and I attended Round 2 and the Final Round of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, MA. We watched for only a couple of hours on Round 2 day, and followed Fred Couples and Brandt Jobe on the Final Round day. It was so fun and enjoyable to watch. Enjoy a few photos I took of our day.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Transition Clinic - The Mountain Guide Manual



If you're a "hands-on" type of learner like me, I highly recommend this clinic. I purchased a copy of The Mountain Guide Manual by Marc Chauvin and Rob Coppolillo and read over the Transition chapter (chapter 8), but taking the clinic made it much easier for me to understand. Having Marc guide us through the steps of setting up the transitions and being able to ask questions right on the spot is a valuable tool in learning the techniques covered in the manual. He even covered a bit on "Stance Management - Chapter 6" from the manual. As well as "outside, inside, under", a mnemonic coined by Art Mooney. Every topic that was covered in today's clinic, is in the manual. 

Although there were guides in today's clinic, you don't have to be a guide to take this clinic. I'm not a guide, never will be and have no desire to become one. This clinic is also for the recreational climber (that's me!) who wants to learn to be proficient and safe in their climbing. 

On the Climbing to Rappel transition, rope-end equations and the backside of Clove hitches were, at first, pretty mind blowing. But the more we worked on the techniques, the more evident it became - the process is easy. And simple...for me anyways. The simple key that helped me to understand this transition was: "the first climber to rappel down, always stays tied-in."

And I I left my PAS in the truck. (actually, it was more like, 'I purposely hid my PAS from Marc by leaving it my truck'). In today's clinic I learned that Clove-In is so much easier and faster!  Adios PAS! 

I met Marc and the rest of the group (David. Zach, Jeff, Nate, Tom & AJ) at Cathedral Ledge in North Conway, NH. The clinic was held at "The Classroom" area. The clinic is the first of several clinics available on the topic. So stay tuned to Marc's FB (https://www.facebook.com/Chauvin.Guides) and website (http://www.chauvinguides.com/mountain-guide-manual-clinics/) as he will be offering clinics outside of the Mount Washington Valley as well! 

And Dave Lottman also blogged about this clinic. Check it out on his Northeast Alpine Start blog at: https://northeastalpinestart.com/2017/06/30/mountain-guide-manual-clinic/

Thank you Marc for this clinic! Enjoy a few photos I took of our day!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Late Afternoon Rock Climbing at Crow Hill



Some mellow top rope climbing and rappelling late in the afternoon at Crow Hill with Gary Loomis, Dan Zhao, Craig and Abby too! 



Saturday, June 3, 2017

Crow Hill - Rock Climbing


 





Passing showers, some slick rock and cracks, bugs and a great day climbing Outerside, The Chimney and Intertwine at Crow Hill in the Leominster State Park! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Artist Bluff & Echo Crag - Rock Climbing



Standard Route (5.5) & Right Side Route (5.6) - Artist Bluff
Maiming of the Shrew (5.5) & Skeletal Ribs (5.6) - Echo Crag

A little bit of everything today while in Franconia Notch! Fantastic rock climbing Artist Bluff and Echo Crag today with Eric! At Artist Bluff I second Eric on the the Standard Route (5.5). Then I lead P2 of the Right Side Route (5.6) - taking the right side - it sure was dirty, but oh so fun! I didn't get very many photos as I left my iPhone in the backpack. Regret not pocketing my iPhone - the views of Echo Lake and the notch from P2 of the Right Side Route were amazing! Many families with children and dogs were enjoying the views from atop Artist Bluff as well. Afterwards we headed over to Echo Crag for some cragging - climbing Maiming of the Shrew (5.5) and Skeletal Ribs (5.6). Super fun day! Enjoy a few photos taken of our day.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Lower Slabs - Rock Climbing


The Lower Slabs
Pawtuckaway State Park
Nottingham, NH

Abbie, Kierstie and I met for a mellow day of top rope climbing at the Lower Slabs. The gate to the Round Pond Road is now open so the approach from the parking area to the Lower Slabs, Lakeside Crag, Upper Cliffs etc is about 5 minutes. We were all set to expect humid conditions with lots of bugs. But surprisingly, the temps were very comfortable and it was hardly buggy due to the mild breezes. We had the crag all to ourselves! Enjoy some photos taken of our day!



Monday, May 1, 2017

3 Climbing Crags - Solo Hike



Spent the last few weekends of April hiking 3 climbing crags; Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA, Jockey Cap Rock in Freyburg, ME, and the Lower Slabs, Lakeside Crag and Upper Cliff of Pawtuckaway State Reservation in Nottingham, NH. Cool features plus lovely views - I love rock! Enjoy some photos taken on my hikes.

*Purgatory Chasm has a long history of rock climbing. A permit is required for climbing at Purgatory Chasm. 



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Bald Knob - Solo Hiking


winnipesaukee, bald knob, hike, lake region conservation trust
Pano photo of Lake Winnipesaukee from Bald Knob


Bald Knob (1,801 ft)
Trails: Turtleback Mtn & Bald Knob
Mileage: approx 6.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

What a great day for a hike! Didn't realize there was another trail to Bald Knob until I met Larry DeGeorge at the trailhead. He said there is another trailhead along route 171. It's unmarked and on private property, but hikers are allowed to use it. Next time I'll try that way! The trails were muddy and slushy, especially on the hike down. I didn't bring snowshoes, as I didn't think I needed them. I did pack microspikes but didn't need those as well. Enjoy some photos taken along my hike.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3) - Ice Climbing


Pano photo left to right: LL gully, LL slab. Hanging By A Moment


Leprechaun's Lement (WI2-3)
Kinsman Notch, North Woodstock, NH

The last of this season ice climbing for me....so I was glad I got to get in one lead. Like the past weekend at Arethusa Falls and weekend before that at Waterfall, we had the ice all to ourselves today. Overcast skies were sure promising and when we got to the base of Leprechaun's Lement, we were glad it was in the shade. For the most part, the slab was clear of snow. (below the base of LL lay the snow that had slid of the LL slab). 

John led the Leprechaun's Lement Gully, then we rapped down into the vertical section of the slab where we did a couple of laps. We also did a couple of laps on the Hanging By A Moment. And finally, in the late afternoon, I led the Leprechaun's Lement Slab. I led the center since I had only led the left hand side of the slab. The ice on the first half of the route was really still good. But by that time the clouds lifted and the sun had shown through baking the top half of the route. And after the half way point, the ice was just pure shitty. So I only placed pro up to the half way point and ran it out to the tree anchor. I could've put one more piece of pro in if I just scraped the shitty ice off of the top layer. But the grade was easy, I felt good, calm and not pumped and made sure all my sticks and feet were solid. Enjoy some photos taken of our day at Kinsman Notch.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arethusa Falls (WI3-4) - Ice Climbing

ice climbing, winter, arethusa falls
Pano photo of Arethusa Falls

Arethusa Falls (WI3-4)
Crawford Notch, NH

Beautiful bluebird day for some spring ice climbing! John and I checked out Walk In The Forest and it wasn't looking good. Most of it was in full sun and looking really baked (scary). I suggested we check out Arethusa Falls so we back-tracked along the railroad tracks and headed up the Arethusa Falls Trail. The 1.5 mile trail was well-packed and there were some hikers already coming down. They confirmed solid ice and no flowing water like John and Phil had encountered couple weeks prior. Like Waterfall (WI3) the week before, we had the falls all to ourselves. But there were many photographers, hikers and their dogs who came to the falls while we were climbing. John did a fantastic job leading up the left-center. At the start the ice was solid. But at the middle there was a lot of snow and about 3/4 way the ice was pretty bad, but under it was solid. The flowing water in the center definitely caught my attention. At the top and off to the right, is a tree with a large red webbing  around it. John set up anchor and we rapped down from here. 

Great job sending Arethusa Falls John and thanks for another mellow day of ice climbing!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Waterfall (WI3) - Ice Climbing


Waterfall (WI3)
Frankenstein Cliffs, Crawford Notch, NH

Great conditions, mild temps, no wind makes for a great climbing the last day of winter! John and I climbed the Waterfall route - had this area all to ourselves. Mellow day of climbing for sure!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rock Circuit Trail - Solo Winter Hiking



Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA.
Rock Circuit Trail: 5 miles roundtrip loop
Easy to Moderate

As with last weekend, I didn't feel like driving up north for a hike. The temps here were colder and it was more windy than a week ago. But the short ride to the Middlesex Fells Reservation suited me just fine. Plus, it was a distraction for the time being - while I wait and hope for more ice to re-form in the Kinsman and Crawford Notches. 

I had hiked part of the Rock Circuit Trail (white blaze) before, but just from Pinnacle Rock to White Rock. Today I parked at fire gate #53 and hiked counter-clockwise starting at fire gate #52. As with last weekend, there were many hikers and dogs but not a single biker on the trails of the Eastern Fells. Blog & video of last weekend's solo hike along the Skyline Trail here. Enjoy some photos taken along my hike.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Skyline Trail - Solo Winter Hiking



Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA.
Skyline Trail: 7 miles roundtrip loop
Easy to Moderate

Didn't want to head north for a hike today so I took advantage of the spring-like conditions and the short ride to the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Started the loop hike at Bellevue Pond parking area (fire gate #5). It was a pleasant hike with many hikers, bikers and dogs on the trail. I enjoyed the hike but next time I hike the Skyline Trail, I'd like to hike it in the clockwise direction. Blog & video of my solo hike along the Rock Circuit Trail here. Enjoy some photos taken along my hike.
middlesex fells reservation, sheepfold parking lot




The only thing that was very uncool on my hike was seeing all these poo poo dog bags along the trail! It was just past the Sheepfold Parking Lot. Totally nasty!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Crawford Notch - Ice Climbing






Indeed a quiet day for some ice climbing! Steff and I went out to Crawford Notch this morning. We went up Lower Hitchcock and then on over to Left Hand Monkey Wrench. The ramp on the right was mostly snow, and not as steep at the Lower Hitchcock. I led up to the steep section of the route and placed a piece of pro at the base. I stepped up a few to place another piece but realized it was too steep for my leading comfort. So I set up a TR anchor at the base of the steep ice and we top roped leaving all the pro in. Steff had to leave early to get back in time for the Bnaff Film Fest so she was only able to get in one TR climb. I went up and cleaned the anchor and removed pro as I down climbed with Steff on my belay.  It was pretty easy....grade 2.  We rapped down the Lower Hitchcock because it was pretty steep. Saw 2 groups of 2 on our way in. And 2 groups of 2 on our way out. The ice was soft...hero ice! It sure was good to get on some ice, especially with the warmer temps coming in for the next following days! I felt bad as I wanted more for Steff. But I felt good about staying safe. Thanks for the wonderful day, Steff!

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Notches: A Rock Climbing Guidebook to the Western White Mountains


new england rock climbing guidebooks
New England Rock Climbing Guidebooks



Jon Sykes rock climbing guidebook



Stoked to find my copy of "The Notches" guidebook waiting for me when I returned home from the MWV Ice Fest! Mahalo, Jon Sykes, for signing my copy!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

MWV Ice Fest 2017




What a fantastic weekend at the annual Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival in North Conway - it went by way too quickly! Wanted to sign up for the Outdoor Research Women's Steep Ice Climbing clinic last year but I was too late. This year I made sure I signed up early, as the all-women's clinics usually fill up quickly. I met and ice climbed with some wonderful women. And we were guided by some of the very best in the industry, Majka Burhardt and Emilie Drinkwater. Also got to demo Petzl Nomic ice tools and Darts crampons. Really loved the Nomics....easy to swing and remove. The Darts took a bit to get used to but after a while, it felt like my dual point Lynx. Enjoy some photos taken of our day!





Got to demo Petzl Nomics
and Darts for the ice fest

Ali from Sterling Rope Company

Gearing up

Majka Burhardt demonstrating steep ice
technique with Emilie Drinkwater on her belay.

Champney Falls

Eliza Earle, Adventure Photographer, was on hand for 
the day to take our photos at Champney Falls.

Majka Burhardt giving me much needed beta!

Great group of ladies to spend the day climbing with!
Bottom left to right: Nancy, Elise, Moira & Kierstie
Top left to right: Majka, Emilie, Kimberly and me



After climbing, several of us headed over to Muddy Moose
for dinner. I love their Fruits of the Forest Salad!




At the entrance of the Theater In The Woods is the photo booth. Smile, put on a prop and a silly pose! Kierstie and I hamming it up! Featured presenter for the night was Guy Robertson. He gave an "insider's view" of winter climbing in Scotland. At the end of the presentation lots of sexy climbing gear was raffled off. 


Photo booth photos from Eric McCallister Photography. 











While at the presentation I got the chance to speak with Chris Magness and he let me know of the newly launched Protect Mount Washington campaign website and Facebook page. Please consider making a donation. Your donation will help with costs associated with retaining BCM Environmental & Land Law to represent the public's interest and community outreach.