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Showing posts with label NH. Show all posts

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stonehouse Pond - Ice Climbing

ice climbing, cragging, new england
Moss Slab Wall

Can't believe its been 5 years since I last ice climbed here! Joined Phil for some cragging at Stonehouse Pond in Barrington, NH. The place has changed but for the better! Phil pointed out that several new trails were put in. Besides reducing impact, these trails keep hikers and climbers off of the private properties of the surrounding residents. The parking is at the new Kiosk at the second pullout on the left. The approach from the parking lot starts through a gate and the hike is a scenic walk through the woods, taking you along the edge of the pond. There are trail markers on some of the trees and the elevation gain is mellow. Today's temps were in the teen's and as the day wore on, the rope iced up. But it was a good day for swinging and kicking laps and getting outdoors. And thanks Phil for your help and support for my "Turning 60 and Climbing About It" project! Enjoy a few photos taken of our day. 

Along the trail

Phil taking some practice swings and kicks

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Deer Leap - Rock Climbing

Kellie set this up on her NH Rock Climbing Meetup group, and it was a perfect climb for a warm November day!

Deer Leap is a town forest in Windham, NH. The name is derived from the natural rock outcropping (cliffs) that rise 60 feet above the Moeckel's Pond. We met in the parking lot off of Woodbury Road and hiked in on the Deer Leap trail. The Deer Leap trail is one large loop and it's great for hiking and snowshoeing. At the Deer Leap-Porcupine Ledge trail junction we took the Deer Leap trail and it took us directly to the top of the Deer Leap cliffs. The Porcupine Ledge trail leads off the main trail and loops over uplands, past a large boulder, and then down through rock ledges, where it got its name. It also leads to the Deer Leap cliffs but not before passing Porcupine and Mike's cliffs.

We were the only group rock climbing at Deer Leap! Kellie set up two ropes and our group spent the rest of the afternoon climbing, enjoying the warm November sun!

**Thanks to Noreen and Liam for taking some of the photos!

At the Deer Leap Trailhead
 At the top of the Deer Leap Cliff (4)

Noreen and Boomer!

 Kellie checking out the guidebook

 At the bottom of the Deer Leap main cliff
(Noreen & El)

 Kellie setting up anchor
 In addition to trash, there's alot of broken glass!
Noreen on belay
Noreen & Boomer
Handsome boy Boomer! (2)

Hawaii Girl (4)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rock Rimmon Evening Climb

What a great time rock climbing Rock Rimmon in the evening! I brought my grand daughter Ann along as she and Kellie's daughter, Cass, like to run around. There was a lot of traffic on the way to the cliff but it was worth it....the climbing is fantastic at Rock Rimmon! Got to climb with new and old friends, I topped off my third climb and got to see a fantastic sunset from the top of the cliff, and in all, gave my inner thighs a beating, LOL! Thanks go to both Beth and Mark for the patient belays! And especially to Kellie for putting together a great meetup and making the eve of my 53rd birthday a memorable one! <3

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mt. Chocorua - early Spring Hiking

Mt. Chocorua
Elevation: 3,474ft
Trails: Liberty  Trail
Elevation Gain: 2,714ft
Distance: 7.8 miles roundtrip
Duration: 6 hrs

Difficulty:  Strenuous

Two words to describe this peak...."beautiful summit!" But then again I'm partial to slabby cliffs and ledges. On this hike, the pace along the Liberty Trail to the Jim Liberty cabin was a bit too fast for me and I welcomed the rest and snacks at the cabin. But I got my second wind climbing the remaining mile to the summit. There were a couple of ledges to walk across and slabs to scramble on up to the summit. Once on the summit, the wind picked up just a bit but the 360 view was spectacular! I had been reading others' Mt. Chocorua hike reviews and the exposed summit can get very windy. But on today's hike it wasn't so bad. The sun more than made up for that little bit of wind. I would love to hike this mountain in the late fall!

** Click on the photos to see a larger view 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mt. Morgan & Mt. Percival - Winter Hiking

Mt. Morgan
Elevation: 2,220ft

Mt. Percival
Elevation: 2,212

Trails: Morgan, Crawford-Ridgepole and Percival Trails
Elevation Gain: 1,500ft
Distance: 4.8 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4.5 hrs

Difficulty: Moderate
The Terrifying Twenty Five List:  Mt. Morgan Trail (Rickety Ladder Route)
Rock Scrambles: Boulder caves and rock scrambling - Class II

Two things I learned today hiking to these summits. One, I enjoy helping others in the group get around the trail safely. Some parts of the trail can be tricky, especially on steep descents that are icy, or across large granite slabs. It's always smart to help your hiking companions so that no one gets hurt and everyone can enjoy the day's hike. And secondly, even if this is a group event, there are always going to be a couple of hikers who only care to help themselves however experienced/knowledgeable they are.  

We originally were going to hike up to the Mt. Percival summit and then onto Mt. Morgan, but we hiked up the logging road rather than the Mt. Morgan trail. And as a result, we ended up on the summit of Mt. Morgan first....and I sure am glad we did! Overall, this was an enjoyable hike with the most exciting and memorable for me being the ascent to the Mt. Morgan summit! ;)

** Click on the photos to see a larger view 

That path up the logging road

Ladders that lead to the boulder cave.
I couldn't wait to take this route!
There is a path to the right of these cliffs for
those who don't want to go up the cliffside.
Here we go!
Following Joe and Lora
Folks call this a cave, but I think its just a passage way between a
couple of large boulders. Joe went first and I passed him all the
packs and poles before sliding through. It was so much fun! LOL!

 Steve (our organizer) bringing up the rear
Here we are after coming through the passageway
and getting ready to scramble up to the summit.
Slabby cliffs yet to scramble
View from the cliff ledge

Just having some fun!
Posing at the ledge just below the summit of Mt. Morgan.
 Views from the Mt. Morgan lookout ledges (3)

Views from the Mt. Percival summit (5)

 Trail junction - another way to the Mt. Percival summit
via rough boulders and yet another cave!
Trail junction sign
Squam River covered bridge
Ashland, NH

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