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.
So thankful that Alexa told me about the Sterling Hollow Block (shown below) during my private ice lead lessonin 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 Rope of Biddeford, Maine, USA.
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!