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Skyline Trail - Solo Winter Hiking

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Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA.Skyline Trail: 7 miles roundtrip loopEasy 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.



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!

Left Hand Monkey Wrench (WI3) - Ice Climbing

Got to the base of the Left-Hand Monkey Wrench and I started up the ice. 
I hadn't even put my first piece in yet when my belayer kept asking me if I knew what I was doing. 
From then on I didn't want to even be there climbing with her. 
Near the top of Left-Hand Monkey Wrench, I stopped and made the decision to back off.
So I downclimbed while removing my pro.
I'm so glad I quit when I did.
Better safe than sorry!

Lesson learned!
Having a lead belayer who starts doubting you (out loud) as you're climbing, is no fun to climb with - it also says a lot about their own lack of confidence. Before I go out on a climb, especially a multi-pitch climb, I always make sure I'd be comfortable on that grade and with that climber. If not, I don't go. And if I'm leading, I always ask my belayer if they are comfortable lead belaying me on a climb. If not, I don't go.

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

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New England Rock Climbing Guidebooks





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!

MWV Ice Fest 2017

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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.