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Sterling Hollow Block - Rappel Backup

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So thankful that Alexa told me about the Sterling Hollow Block (shown below) during my  private ice lead lesson   in 2016. After my lesson at Cathedral Ledge I went straight over to IME and bought one. It's just $12 but this "$12 piece of gear" saved my ass when rappelling off the Eaglet Spire in Franconia Notch, NH!  When going over the edge both my feet slipped out from under me and I let go of my brake. It was instant and I didn't even realize that I had let go until I was stopped by the face of the cliff. I looked down and there was my Sterling Hollow Block - it had caught me like it was supposed to! I sent Sterling an email explaining how their Hollow Block saved my life and they in turn sent me a bunch of cool swag.  I personally set this up with the Sterling Hollow Block tied in an autoblock to my belay loop via locking biner, and with my rappel extended on a sling. The Sterling Hollow Block is always on my harness.  Always back up your rappels!  Sterling

Artist Bluff & Echo Crag - Rock Climbing

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Standard Route (5.5) & Right Side Route (5.6) - Artist Bluff Maiming of the Shrew (5.5) & Skeletal Ribs (5.6) - Echo Crag A little bit of everything today while in Franconia Notch!  Fantastic rock climbing Artist Bluff and Echo Crag today with Eric! At Artist Bluff I second Eric on the the Standard Route (5.5). Then I lead P2 of the Right Side Route (5.6) - taking the right side - it sure was dirty, but oh so fun! I didn't get very many photos as I left my iPhone in the backpack. Regret not pocketing my iPhone - the views of Echo Lake and the notch from P2 of the Right Side Route were amazing! Many families with children and dogs were enjoying the views from atop Artist Bluff as well. Afterwards  we headed over to Echo Crag for some cragging - climbing Maiming of the Shrew (5.5) and Skeletal Ribs (5.6). Super fun day!  Enjoy a few photos taken of our day.

The West Chimney: Eaglet Spire - Multi Pitch Rock Climb

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On the Eaglet Spire summit The West Chimney (5.7) Trad, 3 Pitches, 200 feet Eaglet Spire Greenleaf & Climbers Trails Franconia Notch, NH Cool temps are perfect for a hike and a climb in Franconia Notch! Sean and I met up with his son Tom and a few other Boy Scout troop members at the Lafayette Campground parking lot. We hiked up to Lonesome Lake to lunch and enjoy the views. After about an hour, Tom and the scouts went on their way to the Cannon summit. They had a long day ahead with plans to continue onto the Cannon summit, the Cannonballs, an overnight stay at the Kinsman Pond shelter, and then a second day bagging the north and south Kinsman peaks.  Sean and I headed up to Exit 34B and parked on the side of the off-ramp at the Greenleaf Trailhead. We hiked up the Greenleaf Trail and took the "climbers trail" to the Eaglet Spire. Sean had climbed the Eaglet Spire 16 years ago and had been wanting to get back to climbing it again, so I was really looking f

Mt. Pemigewasset - Summer Hiking

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Tree pose atop Mt. Pemigewasset Mt. Pemigewasset (2,557ft) Elevation Gain: 1,557ft Trail: Mt. Pemigewasset Distance: 3.6 miles roundtrip NH 52 With A View Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Starting off the Labor Day weekend hiking Mt. Pemigewasset with Boomer and his mom, Noreen. The weather was incredible! A bit hot and humid, but sunny for the day! Lots of others hiking up and down the trail as well. Enjoy some photos that we took of our hike today! Boomer takes the lead Eh, shaka! The Indian Head Rock Profile from Route 3

Whitney Gilman Ridge 2015 – Multi Pitch Rock Climb

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Whitney Gilman Ridge - check! Whitney-Gilman Ridge (5.7) 5 pitches, 600 feet Trad, Alpine, Grade II Cannon Cliff Franconia Notch, NH Whitney Gilman Revenge! This was our mantra for the most popular alpine rock climb in New England! Last May we attempted WGR but had to bail after 2 pitches due to getting a late start. Today it was busy, we were the 5th group (out of 7) in line, and it was like golf...just keep up with the group in front of you! I’m not gonna give a pitch description since you can already find that info online and in guidebooks. So I’m just gonna post our photos….yes, we’re happy and smiling in all our photos. We have good reason to - Whitney G, check! :) Go up this way from the paved bike path Up through the talus field with the prominent ridge of Whitney Gilman in sight! Long scramble up the talus field to the mountain base means you get a good warmup before your climb. :) Below,