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Black & White Rocks - Rock Climbing

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Climbing Beginner's Class with Iskuhi on my belay
Nuno, Iskuhi, and I met up for some climbing at Middlesex Fells. We all live in Massachusetts and when we meet up to climb, we usually head north to places like Rumney, New Hampshire to climb. But with the pandemic, Rumney and many of our favorite climbing crags in New Hampshire are closed. So we met up to do some climbing at Pinnacle Rock, in the Black & White Rocks crag. In the parking lot, we didn't do any hugs, high-5's, or handshakes, but we never did anyways. We hiked to Crag 1 (Pinnacle Rock) maintaining social distancing and there was no one else on the trail. We purposely chose to climb on a weekday because it would be less crowded as the weekends here are mobbed by hikers and climbers.

I'm sure Nuno and Iskuhi came prepared, but in case they didn't, I had extra facemasks, hand wipes, and hand sanitizer - which I also carry in my truck, golf bag, and hiking backpack. 

At the crag, we were the only climbers…

Rock Circuit Trail - Solo Winter Hiking

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Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA.
Rock Circuit Trail: 5 miles roundtrip loop
Easy to Moderate

As with last weekend, I didn't feel like driving up north for a hike. The temps here were colder and it was more windy than a week ago. But the short ride to the Middlesex Fells Reservation suited me just fine. Plus, it was a distraction for the time being - while I wait and hope for more ice to re-form in the Kinsman and Crawford Notches. 

I had hiked part of the Rock Circuit Trail (white blaze) before, but just from Pinnacle Rock to White Rock. Today I parked at fire gate #53 and hiked counter-clockwise starting at fire gate #52. As with last weekend, there were many hikers and dogs but not a single biker on the trails of the Eastern Fells. Blog & video of last weekend's solo hike along the Skyline Trail here. Enjoy some photos taken along my hike.

Skyline Trail - Solo Winter Hiking

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Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA.Skyline Trail: 7 miles roundtrip loopEasy to Moderate
Didn't want to head north for a hike today so I took advantage of the spring-like conditions and the short ride to the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Started the loop hike at Bellevue Pond parking area (fire gate #5). It was a pleasant hike with many hikers, bikers and dogs on the trail. I enjoyed the hike but next time I hike the Skyline Trail, I'd like to hike it in the clockwise direction. Blog & video of my solo hike along the Rock Circuit Trail here. Enjoy some photos taken along my hike.



The only thing that was very uncool on my hike was seeing all these poo poo dog bags along the trail! It was just past the Sheepfold Parking Lot. Totally nasty!

Black & White Rocks - Rock Climbing

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Wonderful afternoon with Noreen, Boomer, Nuno, Nancy and David at Crag 1 (Pinnacle) at Black & White Rocks! Wanted to make sure that the hike wouldn't be too strenuous for my old buddy Boomer, so I suggested Black & White Rocks to Noreen. With its super short approach, Boomer had no problems! David and I were able to lead the very easy, very short Fern route. Then we spent the next several hours top roping. 




Nancy's first time climbing outdoors!
Noreen
David
Nuno

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