Monday, May 28, 2018

Connecticut Rock Climbing



Shaka from the top of Wiessner's Slab
Ragged Mountain, Connecticut

Spent the Memorial Day weekend with Nicole and climbing in her neck of the woods. It was amazing and I learned a lot and got to spend time with a badass climber chick!







On the first day Nicole and I went to Ragged Mountain. I wanted to lead a slab so Nicole showed me the Wiessner's Slab. I quickly learned their slabs aren't the same as the slabs I'm accustomed to in NH. 













Nicole didn't want me to miss an opportunity for an on-sight - what a cool partner! So I lead Wiessner's Slab and it sure was fun. There were a couple of hand and finger jams as well as a couple of foot jams to satisfy my crack fix! LOL!

Right: bringing Nicole up!







Rain the second day so we shopped at REI. It was cool to see Wilson hanging out!















Afterwards we headed over to Prime Climb climbing gym to do some indoor climbing. There are two crack climbs (in the wall) and I got on both. They're both narrower than the crack I get my lessons on, but I was able to climb both several times. Still fun and it satisfied my urge to climb crack!










The last day we climbed at Pinnacle Rock. I followed Nicole up Double Crutch. She did a stellar job of leading this climb. 

Nicole at the belay up top!!
Trad is Rad!












Vee Zee (5.3)
FA: 1988 Claude Mallegol & Nunzio Marino

Then I saw this crack that I just had to lead. It's located on a section of wall between the Emerald City Slab and the A Frame Wall. This route isn't in the guidebook nor does it list it in MP. The start was tough and a reachy for me. It was wide in the beginning and my small hands and feet weren't jamming. But there were good foot places at the back of the crack and the crack was wide enough for me to fit up to my calf. However, as I got higher the crack narrowed and I was able to get a few (shallow) hand jams and a 4-finger slot. Near the top and at the end of the crack I was able to get a couple bomber foot jams in as well. It was an amazing weekend!






Bringing up Nicole on Vee Zee.



















Pano from the top of Pinnacle Rock, Connecticut

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

North Pack Monadnock - Hiking



Wapack, Miller state park, hiking, summit, shaka
North Pack Monadnock summit
Summit Shaka!

North Pack Monadnock (2,276ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,350 feet
Trails: Ted's, Cliff and Carolyn's
Distance: 5.6 miles roundrtrip

So much fun rock scrambling in the rain! Gray skies couldn't keep us away from hiking. Got together with 4 others of the Metrowest Retirees (or not yet) Ready For Adventure meetup group for a rainy day hike to the summit of North Pack Monadnock.  Great hiking company, peaceful woods, wildlife surprises and fantastic lookout views near the top more than made up for the challenge of the brutal mosquitoes. We hiked in the clockwise direction taking Ted's trail to the Cliff trail to the summit, then descended via Carolyn's trail. Enjoy some photos of our fun, rainy day hike!





This is my favorite photo of our group as we ascended. Although foggy, I really love the background. A marvelous hike! 














Fun rock scrambling in the rain


Waterfall at mile 1


So many gorgeous views from the lookouts! (3)



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Quabbin Reservoir - Hiking





A mellow 5.5 mile hike through peaceful, beautiful woods and sights! Joined the Metrowest Retirees (or not yet) Ready for Adventure meetup group for a hike in the Ware, MA area. The Quabbin Reservoir, Ware River, Wachusetts Reservoir and their contributing watersheds supply drinking water to many communities in the metro Boston area as well as the Chicopee Valley area. The reservation is accessible to the public via more than 50 marked gates from around the perimeter of the reservoir. Our hike took us from the Observation Tower, to the Enfield Lookout, and finally to Hank's Meadow. Enjoy some photos taken of our hike.


Quabbin Observation Tower

Views from the Tower

Along the trail


A fine specimen with hair and bones!
(Coyote scat)

Fiddleheads

Many water crossings

The view from Enfield Look Out
Read here about the underwater ghost town

Pano of Quabbin Reservoir

Reflections

Along the trail



Monday, May 14, 2018

Pinnacle Rock - Rock Climbing




Met up with Nicole to do some climbing in her backyard. We headed out to the Pinnacle Rock crag in the Central Valley of CT. This is the first time I've ever climbed on Traprock and it reminded me of Granite, but more smoother. One of the climbs we did (First Crack) was interesting. I climbed it trying to use as many hand and foot jams as I could, and I was able to get a few good hand and foot jams. One thing I learned while climbing that route - I actually felt more secure using of foot jams to get me through a couple of sections - so fun! Thanks for a great day Nicole! Enjoy a few photos of our day.


Pinnacle Rock in the background


Tadpoles in a puddle at the trailhead

First Crack (5.4)


From the top of Cracked Wall


Bumped into Matt Shove
Here he is leading Second Crack (5.7)

Also got to chat with Bob "Bob-O" Clark

Friday, May 11, 2018

Central Rock Gym - Climbing



Got to introduce several folks of the Metrowest Retirees (or not yet) Ready For Adventure meetup group to some indoor climbing. I organized a meetup at Central Rock Gym in Worcester, MA. and we had a good group to climb. The staff at CRG was fantastic with rental gear and overall gym orientation. It was evident that everyone had a great time. Not only did they learn to climb, but they also improved with every climb - they catch on fast! #borntoclimb #thestokeishigh

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Estabrooks Woods - Hiking





Estabrook Woods
Trails: Esker, Estabrook, Estabrook Rd, Bellows Hill Access, Poole Sachs Loop, Carlisle, East & West Hubbard.
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip

Elevation: 260 feet

Joined the Metrowest Retirees (or not yet) Ready for Adventure meetup group for a fun hike through the Estabrook Woods in Concord/Carlisle, MA. We entered the woods through a path on private property. Estabrook Woods consists of 1700 acres of mainly private property that is maintained as a wildlife sanctuary and research. Enjoy some photos I took of our hike