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 t…
Headed out to Echo Crag in the Franconia Notch this
morning for some rock climbing! The sun was outbut Echo Crag was
an ice block so we drove across the street to Artist's Bluff. We parked in the
parking lot of the Echo Lake State Park and hiked the 10 minutes to the base of
the cliff. Artist's Bluff was just the opposite of Echo Crag. It was sunny,
windless and mild. The rock faced the sun and was not icy or wet at all. Personally, I didn't think it was too cold at all. Ropes
were led on the Standard Route as well as the Right Side Route. We eventually
had 3 ropes set up on the Standard Routes for top roping.
After climbing, Sally and I headed to the top of Artist's
Bluff. The Little Monalisa cliff was packed with a group of climbers and there
were many hikers making their way from the top of Artist's Bluff as well. This is a very easy hike to the top and with excellent views and once at
the summit (2,320ft), I took a couple of photos. The views of Franconia Notch …