Showing posts with label NH Rock Climbing Meetup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NH Rock Climbing Meetup. Show all posts

Monday, June 9, 2014

Rock Rimmon – Rock Climb

26 peeps + 1 dog + 9 routes = FUN and a mellow day of climbing!!

Forget we are at an urban crag trashed with broken glass, beer cans, television sets, paper and an assortment of what-have-you! I set up the Sunday Climb at Rock Rimmon meetup so all levels can enjoy climbing! We sure lucked out with weather perfect for climbing - warm temps and lots of shade under the trees. Rock Rimmon is located in Manchester, NH with routes from 5.2  to 5.12. Our group set up ropes on 9 routes and everyone got a chance to climb whatever they wanted! To come out climbing with us, join The NH Rock Climbing Meetup Group!

1. Tippy Toe Slabs
2. Tippy Toe Slabs
3. Creatures Creation (5.8+)
4. The Washbowl (5.7+)
5. Zig Zag (5.4+)
6. Beehive Crack (5.8)/The Thing (5.7)
7. Something Obscene (5.9-)
8. Armpits (5.7)
9. The Devil (5.9)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kellie Barr-Foster Day - Rock Climbing

A beautiful day for some Fall rock climbing at Stonehouse Pond in Barrington, NH! Rock climbing friends of Kellie enjoyed the weather and fun of climbing on the Kellie Barr-Foster Day. 

 Enjoy photos some photos that were taken of this fun day!
Tom setting up top roping anchor
Jeff and Kiki
Rhonda on "The Nose"
My turn on "The Nose"
Jeff on my belay

I was able to get a reporter and photographer out to Stonehouse Pond on Kellie's Day. Liz at Foster Daily Democrat tried her hand at rock climbing for the very first time. She rocked it and here's her story along with some photos!
Rock-Solid Faith: Climbing Goes Beyond Physical Skills

By Liz Markhlevskaya
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BARRINGTON — Hanging on the side of a cliff at Stonehouse Pond, I was clenching on for dear life.

Being held up by just my fingertips and the very edges of my shoes, I looked down and saw what looked like an abyss. My limbs started to shake, as I looked up and saw the rock face I was attempting to climb. I found the smallest crevice in the rock that I could step on, and hesitated before putting most of my weight on it. As I fought the urge to use my arms to pull up, I heard the instructor, Kellie Barr-Foster, yelling, “Trust the shoe!”

Barr-Foster, who saved a man’s life at Stonehouse Pond last month, was belaying the rope, which was preventing me from falling if I lost my grip. Convincing myself that my shoe won’t slip off, I put most of my weight on it, and pushed myself up further without slipping.

If I’m thinking about my boot coming off the rock it will come off,” I recalled Jeff Stone, a climbing instructor, saying before my climb. “If I think about it staying there long enough for me to make my next move, it will stay there.” Stone, 69, who has been climbing for 20 years, still learns lessons each time he goes climbing, he says. One of those lessons is distinguishing objective fear from subjective fear, such as the fear of heights. 

On Saturday, he was in the local group of climbers who came to Stonehouse Pond in honor of Barr-Foster, who saved fisherman Steve Travis, of Nottingham, from drowning. Travis had been fly fishing at the pond on Oct. 2, when one of the bladders on his float tube gave out and he became fatigued trying to get back to shore. Barr-Foster, who heard him calling for help, rushed into the pond, grabbed him by the scruff of the neck, and swam him to shore.

On Oct. 21, the town selectmen proclaimed Nov. 2, 2013, as “Kellie Barr-Foster Day.” Barr-Foster, a rock climber of 20 years, spent much of Saturday helping other climbers, and shouting out tips as she belayed them from the bottom of the cliff.

“She has a way of making it flow for you,” said Jane Lissner, who has been climbing with Barr-Foster over the summer. Lissner, 48, of Dover, began climbing in May, after overcoming cancer and regaining her strength from six months of chemotherapy.“I’m really kind of hooked now,” she said about climbing.For Lissner, climbing “is a real metaphor for life. If something seems difficult to do, it’s not as difficult as it seems.” 

Stone, of Wilton, who is one of the instructors with AMC Rock Climbing Club, said he, too, “was hooked” after the first time he went climbing in North Conway 20 years ago. According to Stone, who is a software engineer, rock climbing tends to appeal to “techies” like him, as the sport involves using the gear and physics in one’s favor.

The group of climbers on Saturday, consisting of children and adults alike, organized via the group, called NH Rock Climbing, which is open to all levels of climbers.

And whether it’s offering each other snacks or lending gear to beginner climbers, the camaraderie among fellow climbers on Saturday was hard to miss. 

Monika O’Clair/Democrat photo Foster’s Daily Democrat reporter Liz Markhlevskaya tries rock climbing for the first time with Kellie Barr-Foster as her belayer during a meeting of The N.H. Rock Climbing group in celebration of Kellie Barr-Foster Day at Stonehouse Pond in Barrington, NH. 


Monday, June 24, 2013

Rock Rimmon – Rock Climbing

Spent several hours climbing Rock Rimmon today. A bit muggy and the ground is trashed with broken glass and litter. But the rock is so good here - easy on the fingers and hands, and I love to climb it! Took some photos with my iPhone…..sorry for the blurries!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rumney Midweek Rock Climbing

Kellie got a group out to rock climb at Rumney Rocks during the midweek. It was so much more less crowded than the weekend, but nonetheless, still busy! I handed my camera over to Brit and she took most of the photos while I got to climb!

Me on Dung Beetle!

Access Fund Conservation Team was in town to help the
Rumney Climbing Association improve Rumney's trails!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Ledges at Lake Massabesic - Rock Climbing

Forget Black Friday shopping, and go rock climbing! Well, heck yeah! 

Like last weekend, Kellie listed this meetup on her NHRock Climbing Meetup group. And like last weekends' climbing cliff, this cliff and its routes aren't listed in any guidebook.  But the climbing, especially on a warm November day, is fantastic! We all met at the Auburn, NH Dunkin' Donuts on Rt 28 just short of the rotary. From there, it was a short 1.2 miles along Lake Massabesic to the roadside parking lot. A relatively short hike in from the parking lot, we followed the trail between the lake's edge and Fire Road 55. This cliff is referred to as "The Ledges" which can be seen from Battery Point of the Massabesic Audubon Center and Wildlife Sanctuary. At the base of the cliff is a large boulder painted as a white mouse. We set up ropes on 5 routes and all 11 of us were able to climb until sunset!

Setting up anchors

 My spot at clifftop for photographing
View from clifftop
 Got Rock?


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