Showing posts from September, 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 super fun. 

Looking up P2. It was scary fun, especially a small section where the holds were shiny and slippery. I got to practice jamming my feet in that arching 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. 

This photo of Sarah Garlick climbing Black Crack (5.10b)
was featured on the frontpage of
And to think, I told Sean that we sho…

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

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 o…