Sunday, November 14, 2021

Tipsy Taber Trails - Off Roading

More off-roading in CT! Spent the day at the Tipsy Taber Trails in Putnam, CT. This is a 10 acre, private property for weekenders to off-road.




Sunday, October 24, 2021

Cathole Mountain Rock Climb, CT

 

Cathole Mountain, CT - Lovena, Jeni & Renee

Another round of climbing in CT, this time on Cathole Mountain! Jeni, Renee, and I got in some laps on Pink Elephants (5.6), Golden Book (5.6), and Pegasus (5.8)It was a fun day filled with climbing, eating, and laughter. So happy to help you out again Jeni! :) 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Pinnacle Rock, CT - Rock Climb

 

At the top of Pinnacle Rock, CT

It was good to get back to Connecticut to climb again. 3 years ago I onsighted VeeZee (5.4), a super fun crack! Today Jeni lead VeeZee and we also got in a couple laps on Leap Frog (5.6), Wizard Of Oz (5.7) and Emerald City (5.8). So happy to help you out Jeni! :)


#girlswhoclimb #rockclimbing #pinnaclerock #trad #toproping #leafpeeping

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend Climb - NH

Artist Bluff - Lovena, Jeni & Erika


What a great day for rock climbing in Franconia Notch and Waterville Valley! Jeni, Erika, and I  got out to do some multi-pitch rock climbing, top-roping, and sport leading. Artist Bluff was chilly, windy, and mobbed with leaf-peepers. But Russell Crag was warmer and quieter, especially in the late afternoon. Enjoy a short video of our day.


#girlswhoclimb #rockclimbing #multipitchclimbing #sportclimbing #toproping 
#artistbluff #franconianotch #cannonmountain #russellcrag #leafpeeping

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Intro To Off-Road Driving - NY


What an amazing opportunity to learn basic technical skills for off-road driving! I have to admit I was really stoked about this course, but very anxious as well. At first, I had no idea if my stock Toyota 4Runner would be capable for this class. But after speaking with the owner, Scott Trager, I signed up for the course. And I'm so glad that I did! I learned basic technical techniques for off-road driving, and more importantly, I realized that my stock 4Runner is more than capable to handle off-roading! Scott was very thorough in explaining all the details and I look forward to taking more classes. Safe off-roading is fun!


NORA - Northeast Off-Road Adventures is located in Ellenville, New York, and has several off-road courses for every experience level. I signed up for the "Intro To Off-Road Driving" class. This two-part class (virtual presentation & onsite instruction) included an overview of common 4 wheel drive controls, driving on woodland terrain, working with a spotter, minimizing environmental impact, and off-road driving safety. There were 5 vehicles in our class and we drove the rock & boulder obstacle course, working with a spotter and understanding the importance of putting your tire on a rock! Afterward, we navigated a beginner trail drive with instructors, Scott & Alex, walking alongside our vehicles and spotting for us. The onsite terrain included driving over rocks, tight woodland trails, and hill sections. Enjoy some photos and videos of my instruction. 


I also had the opportunity to use the Crawl Control feature on my 4Runner while driving down a short, steep incline. The Crawl Control does all the work of adjusting the throttle and the brake and lets the driver focus on steering. No foot on the brake or throttle pedals. The crawl control also works in Reverse! In Toyota 4Runners this feature is loud and to me, sounds like "mechanical purring!" 😆



 🤙🏽 #girlswhooffroad #offroading #offroadgirlsig #offroad #offroad4runners #trd #trdoffroad #venture #toyota #toyota4runner #4runner #4runnergirl #black4runner #trd4runner #trd_hawaiigirl @nora4x4

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Soapstone Mountain, CT: Off-Roading

From the summit of Soapstone Mountain, CT

Super fun day on 3 #trails in the Soapstone Mountain area!
I learned a lot about my Toyota #4runner taking it offroading for the very first time! After meeting in the parking lot, we drove up the paved road to the summit lookout. Then we headed down to the dirt trail across the street from the parking lot where the dirt terrain was level with a few mud puddles. After that trail, we continued about 3-4 miles down the street to go get muddy. The terrain was level in this area, but there were lots of mud puddles - weeee! I put my 4Runner in High 4WD and used the multi-terrain selector for this last section. The day ended with checking out the "Mud Pit." I know my rig is more than capable for offroading terrain, I just need to learn the ins and outs of all of its off-roading modes! And I didn't realize how much fun it was to take my 4Runner into the mud! LOL!  I had a blast and it was such a cool way of getting out and also meeting other offroad enthusiasts. Enjoy this short video of the trail.
This #offroad meet hosted by @Offroad_Passion
https://www.instagram.com/offroad_passion/


#girlswhooffroad #4runner #4runnernation #4runneroffroad #toyota #trd #mudtrails 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

My Decade of Climbing





The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I wanted to post this last year, but I held off until now with everything going on with Covid. May 2020 marked 10 years of climbing for me. It's not a very long time, but long enough to have some experiences I'd like to share.

The Good - It started as a bucket list. I had only heard of rock climbing after receiving mail from my local YMCA advertising climbing classes. Not knowing what to expect, I signed up for 6 private 1-hour lessons for $99. That was May 2010 and by August, my instructor had brought me to Rumney Rocks in NH where I lead some easy sport routes on the Venus Wall. After my 6-private lessons, my instructor suggested I look into joining some climbing meetup groups and try out MetroRock in Newburyport. I joined 3 climbing meetup groups, two of which were run by women. It was such a good experience climbing in the two meetup groups run by women, I have met some amazing people and have experienced so many fun and challenging climbing sessions I will never forget. But unfortunately, these two women's meetup groups closed down and it was too bad because they were ahead of their time! And after almost 8 years, I left the third climbing meetup group.

The Bad - The third meetup group was run by a guy and most of its members were men. Eventually, I came to realize that if I stayed in this meetup group, there was a good chance I wouldn't gain any leading experience like some of the other men in the group were afforded - especially after the organizer told me that I was only good enough for organizing indoor meetups. I even tried setting up climbing with him several times so I could demonstrate that I could be a safe partner, but I was always turned down. I didn't want to waste any more of my time waiting for the organizer to decide for me when I was going to lead outdoors, so I moved on and found other folks/groups to climb with. Once I moved on, I was able to lead and have been so much happier!

The Ugly - When there is drama from an insecure spouse/significant other/partner of a climbing partner, then it's splitsville for me. I never dreamed this would happen to me and was totally caught off-guard. I had never done any alpine-type ice climbing and TJ was willing to bring me up as his second. I was pretty stoked about getting out on routes I had never climbed. But apparently, his girlfriend wasn't too happy about it. My being happily married didn't matter either, it didn't prevent jealousy from his insecure girlfriend. Since insecurity can't be fixed by anyone else except for the person who is feeling it, I stopped climbing with TJ. I didn't want to have to deal with his girlfriend's drama and I wanted her creepy emails to stop. And it wasn't my job to make his girlfriend feel secure. My guess is that she probably didn't have any problems with his male climbing friends.

As I said, I haven't been climbing for very long, but over the years I've seen that climbing has evolved. I see more women and people of color out climbing. And because of this, it's been easier for me to find other climbers that I can relate to.

Through the years, I've also learned important qualities when choosing my climbing partners. Most importantly, to be a good climbing partner to my partners - and for me, that means being an attentive belayer, prioritizing safety, and being a reliable partner. I've sifted through people and many experiences to get where I now have climbing partners that I feel safe with, am comfortable with, and whose company I genuinely enjoy.

So there it is! Just a few of my experiences since I started climbing in 2010 that I wanted to share! I can't wait to see what the next 10 will bring!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Turning 60 & Climbing About It!



It's 2019 and it's the big 6-0 this year! Yes, I turn 60 July 10th and what better way to celebrate than to climb, climb, climb throughout the entire year! My big 60 goal would be to make 60 outdoor climbing pitches by the end of 2019! All disciplines (except bouldering...weeellllll....maybe bouldering!), either on top rope or on lead. I've enlisted the help of my climbing friends and I'm also looking for more to help me on my climbing journey. Follow along on my blog or let's get out to climb!


60 Pitches and Counting!

# of Pitches - Route/Crag - Location - Type - Date
1 - Trestle Slab, Frankenstein Cliffs, Ice Climbing - 1.7.2019
2 - Moss Slab, Stonehouse Pond, Ice Climbing - 1.11.2019
4 - Moss Slab, Stonehouse Pond, Ice Climbing - 1.13.2019
2 - Moss Slab, Stonehouse Pond, Ice Climbing - 1.26.2019
4 - Leprechaun's Lement, Kinsman Notch, Ice Climbing - 2.17.2019
4 - North End Pillars, Cathedral Ledge, Ice Climbing - 2.25.2019
3 - Parking Lot Wall, Rumney, Ice Climbing - 3.2.2019
7 - Moss Slab, Stonehouse Pond, Ice Climbing - 3.3.2019
1 - North End Slab, Cathedral Ledges, Ice Climbing - 3.11.2019
5 - Lost In The Forest, Frankenstein Cliffs, Ice Climbing - 3.17.2019
2 - Parasol Gully, Dixville Notch, Ice Climbing - 4.14.2019
3 - Deer Leap, Rock Climbing, Killington, VT - 5.12.2019
2 - Ship's Prow, Rattlesnake Rocks, MA, Rock Climbing - 5.25.2019
3 - Main Cliff & Meadows, Rumney Rocks, NH - 5.27.2019
5 - Rattlesnake Rocks, MA Rock Climbing, - 6.1.2019
6 - Buffalo Corral, Rumney Rocks, NH - 6.9.2019
4 - Mt. Forist, Rock Climbing, Berlin, NH - 6.22.2019
6 - DLM Memorial - Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing, Mt. Forist, Berlin, NH - 7.4.2019
5 - Buffalo Pit & Buffalo Corral, Rumney Rocks, NH - 7.6.2019
2 - Redrocks, Gloucester, MA - 7.14.2019
4 - Parking Lot Wall, Rumney Rocks, NH - 8.3.2019
1 - Marlow, NH - 8.11.2019
2 - Farley Ledges, MA - 9.28.2019
2 - Thin Air, Cathedral Ledge, NH - 9.29.2019
3 - Ice Cream Parlor, UT - 10.26.2019
4 - Parking Lot Wall & Meadows, Rumney Rocks, NH - 11.1.2019
2 - Leprechaun's Lement, Kinsman Notch, Ice Climbing - 12.22.2019

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Chia & Waterfall - Ice Climbing

 

At the top of Chia

Beautiful day for ice climbing! 

This was the first time I ever ice climbed in the 'Amphitheater' so I was stoked that Nuno had his sights on Chia! At the base of  Chia (WI3+), there was already a party of two climbers who were just gearing up. We took a few photos of them and watched as Tony made his way up to the top of the climb. Nuno did a fantastic job of leading. The Amphitheater was in 'full sun' and while I was belaying Nuno up Chia, huge chunks of ice came down from the Widow's Walk/Bob's Delight area. And Pegasus was packed, including a group for a photoshoot.

Waterfall (WI3) was our second climb. No one was on it and for good reason, it was thin. But again, Nuno crushed the lead. Near the top was a mix of ice, rock, and dirt. And Nuno and I both agreed that climbing Waterfall was waaay harder than climbing Chia!

Super stellar day of ice climbing Frankenstein Cliffs with Nuno. Plus, on our way back down the trail from the top of Chia two military aircraft flew low through the notch! And I got to meet one of my blog readers (hey, Chris!) and fist-pumped another brown ice climber, woot! Enjoy some photos taken on our day.

Nuno leading Chia


Nuno leading Chia


From the top of Chia

Hiking down the trail from the top of Chia, we heard a loud rumble. Looked up and two AF C130 aircrafts came flying through the notch. Sorry for the blurry photo!




Mt. Washington summit above
the clouds. 



At the top of Chia


Waterfall



Monday, January 18, 2021

Cormier Magness (5.6) - Multi pitch Rock Climb

 It was a short, but brutal hot day for us! But still glad to be able to get out and onto a couple of pitches of the Cormier Magness route o...