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.
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 forward to this climb. At the base of the route I felt that same excitement I always get when I'm about to ride a really cool roller coaster. Only thing, today I was going to climb a spire! I was stoked! Enjoy some photos of our day at Franconia Notch.
Photos Lovena Harwood and Eric Reitter
On our way up to the Spire there were 5 parties ahead of us, some already making their way down. At the trailhead parking lot we bumped into Jay, Katlyn and little Bella who were on their way up. Making their way down from a hike were Will and his 3 kids. It's a popular place, and one I hope to visit again!
The final push up the talus field
Gearing up at the base of the route
Profile Lake down behind me
Making my way up P1
Making my way up the 'chimney' of P2.
Another use for the selfie stick!
P3 the traditional way.
That bolt is reachy and the Mountain Project beta is spot on!
And yes, I grabbed it to get onto the ledge above it.
Making my way up P3
Some old pins
At the summit! Left to right: Anchors, rap rings, Profile Lake
Atop the Eaglet Spire summit The tiniest summit I've ever been on!
Twilight rappel (there are a couple of overhanging sections on this steep rappel)
Franconia Notch at twilight
Hike out in the darkness
I am thankful that Alexa told me about the Sterling Hollowblock (shown below) during my private ice lead lesson this past winter. Afterwards I went straight over to IME and bought one, it's just $12! Today this "$12 piece of gear" saved my ass! That first step off of the Eaglet Spire is known to be notorious. As I was going over the edge to rappel, both my feet slipped out under me. I only fell a few inches and into the wall, but it was enough to make me let go of the rope and a sling that I was holding onto. That HollowBlock caught me - always back up your rappels! Sterling Rope of Biddeford, Maine, USA. **Next time I climb this, will set up the rap from the rap rings that are higher.
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!
A laid-back day, relaxing with friends and enjoying good climbing fun! Fall climbing is one of my favorites and it was a treat to spend the day enjoying the fall temps and foliage of Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch! The "Bluff" is known for its moderate climbing routes and beautifully textured granite. Kellie set up one top rope on the "Little Mona Lisa" cliff. We used that one rope to climb 4 different routes. Next to the cliff is the Bald Mountain-Artist Bluff Trail. There were many hikers coming down the trail, many stopping to watch us as we climbed! From the top of my climb, I'd call out and wave to the folks making their way down the trail. We offered a lot of folks a chance to climb, but all of them declined! LOL! My digital camera was passed around that day so enjoy some photos taken by everyone, myself included, as well as Tammy Shennett! The day before I bagged the summit of Mt. Passaconway. Stayed the night at Steele Hill Resorts and the next morning this was the view! Low clouds covering Lake Winnipesaukee with the Belknap Range peeking above. I hiked that entire range earning my Belknap Range Hiker Badge!
It rained a bit but then it cleared up and we had sun for climbing the rest of the day!