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

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.

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.