Showing posts with label new hampshire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new hampshire. Show all posts

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Mt. Monadnock


Fun scrambling to the summit of Mount Monadnock! Took the White Dot trail up, and the White Cross trail back down. About 15-20 feet to the right of the last cairn on the White Dot trail, I spotted a cool looking slab to scramble up. Clear skies for some beautiful views!

Monday, February 28, 2022

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Railroad Cut - Ice Climbing


Checking out the ice for climbing. Photo by @nunofsantos

It was a cold morning but good for getting some laps in while there's still ice in the area. For the most part, the ice here is still holding up. But some of the routes are baked/delaminated in the areas that get sun and hard and brittle in the shaded areas.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Buffalo Pit & Buffalo Corral - Rock Climbing

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The arete of Lonesome Buffalo (5.8)

Brought some of my favorite climbing friends together for a day of cragging at Buffalo Pit and Buffalo Corral in Rumney. Got an early morning start to beat some of the humidity, heat and possible thunderstorms. Fun climbing Innocent Prairie Dog (5.1), Mr. Buffoolo To You (5.4), Sunny Side Up (5.10c), Lonesome Buffalo (5.8), Mild Horses (5.5), Ghost Pine (5.6), Bleached Bones (5.7) and Book Of Sins (5.5). We spent most of the morning at Buffalo Pit and then headed to Buffalo Corral for more climbing. Didn't stay long...the heat and the humidity continued. But mostly I didn't feel like continuing to listen to the guy on the 5.9+ Flaming Arrow constantly swearing. He couldn't make the crux and was literally throwing a temper tantrum. 

Yes, the humidity and heat were brutal. But the climbing and friends more than made up for it. And a great big MAHALO - Nuno, Jackie, Noah, Iskuhi and Danica for your help and support for my "Turning 60 and Climbing About It" project!  With today’s climbing, I’m at  26 leads of 69 pitches! 

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On the Small Wall of the Buffalo Corral, I lead Book Of Sins. It was only 5.5 but the fact that it was so dirty, wet and mossy made it a super fun climb. The rocks up to the first bolt were all mossy, so I stick clipped it. After that it was just pure dirty and wet -sure wished it was a longer climb! And yes that's a rusty ax! It was covered under leaves and Nuno and I almost stepped on it. 

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No. Nuno's pants are not two-tone. It's the first time he has sweated through them. But even 90°+ temps and 90%+ humidity can't stop friends from climbing!

Noah leading Innocent Prairie Dog
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Jackie leading Lonesome Buffalo
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Danica leading Sunny Side Up,
Lonesome Buffalo & Bleached Bones
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Iskuhi leading Sunny Side Up with Nuno on her belay.
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Noah on Mr. Buffoolo To You, 
Lonesome Buffalo and Mild Horses
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Jackie leading Lonesome Buffalo and Mild Horses
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Buffalo Corral - Rock Climbing

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Buffalo Corral
Rumney Rocks
Rumney, NH

If you love slab like I do, go climb Buffalo Corral.

Met up with Nuno and David at Buffalo Corral of Rumney Rocks. It was our first time climbing there and we had a really great day. The parking lot is large and I'm hoping that the little clearing off to the side will be the location of the new outhouse. The approach is super short and the crag is well-shaded. There are trails on both sides of the slab to access the top to set up top rope anchors. We didn't do any top rope climbing today, just leading. We pretty much started on the right side of the slab and worked our way to the left side. David lead Mild Horses (5.5), Ghost Pine (5.6), Bleached Bones (5.7) and Flaming Arrow (5.9+).  And both Nuno and I lead all the routes but the 5.9+ Flaming Arrow. 3 other groups showed up and they mostly climbed the right side of the slab. Thanks, Nuno and David for the photos and your help and support for my "Turning 60 and Climbing About It" project!  Enjoy a few photos taken of our day at the Buffalo Corral.

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At the right side of Buffalo Corral.
With its super short approach and fun moderates, this crag is a heavy favorite for camp groups who love to utilize the right side routes during the summer months.

David on lead
Left: Flamming Arrow start
Right top to bottom: Mild Horses, Ghost Pine & Bleached Bones
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Nuno leading Bison Burger (5.7)
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Nuno leading Twinkle Toes (5.7+)
Appropriately named - 
At the crux, you'll find out why! hehehe!
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Sterling Hollow Block - Rappel Backup

So thankful that Alexa told me about the Sterling Hollow Block (shown below) during my private ice lead lesson in 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.

rappel backup

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stonehouse Pond - Rock Climbing

Perfect weather for rock climbing! One of my favorite places is Stonehouse Pond in Barrington, NH. This crag is just up the street from Kellie's Climbing Barn and where I did my first ice climb as well. It's also favorite to fishermen (Catch and Release) because of its well-stocked pond!  The parking lot was opened not too long ago with the Pond overall opening to the public about a year ago. In other words, you ain't gonna find any routes listed online anywhere. The routes are there, they just aren't officially named or graded. There are also a few spots for bouldering. I plan to get back to the pond later this month to do more photographing. 

The1/2 mile hike from the parking lot is flat until you get to the cliffs. From the cliffs the view is stunning and overlooks the pond and surrounding wooded area. We spotted two campfires, one of which was still smoldering! Campfires are prohibited in the pond, but there aren't any signage displayed or, worse yet, anyone patrolling to enforce the rule. 

Kellie setup anchor at the cliff top and then we both rappelled to the ledge below. I had bought a new Petzl Reverso a couple of months ago and got to try it out. I actually perfer it over an ATC for rappelling. I prefer and use a Petzl Grigri for belay as well as self-belay. Sorry for the blurriness and small sizes. Most of the photos were taken on my iPhone. At the clifftop I was able to Facebook 'Check-In' with a strong cellphone signal.

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The cliffs overlooking the pond at Stonehouse Pond 

The pond from the cliff top

That lone tree that sticks up above the rest is really
a cellphone tower that is made to look like a tree!
Couple other climbers below.
Their 'blue' rope is setup

Kellie setting up anchor
The two routes we climbed (2)

Ledge I was standing on

Someone forgot their gloves....

Monday, April 18, 2011

Waterfall Photography Workshop

I had taken several workshops with Ian Murray through his Photography Workshops meetup group at But I was really looking forward to this particular workshop. This was going to be an full day workshop in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. We met up at 9:30am at the Dunkin Donuts on Route 112 in Lincoln, NH. I was 30 minutes early so I stopped by Lahouts Summit Shop first, browsed a bit and spoke with Chuck about ice climbing boots.

At Dunkin Donuts Ian handed out workshop notes and the 8 of us carpooled in 4 cars. The plan for the day was to start out at Dunkin Donuts, making our way up route 112, then onto routes 302, 16 and 3, southbound on I-93, and finally meet back up at Dunkin Donuts.

We started out east on 112 and our first stop was about 20 miles away, at Sabaday Falls. The parking lot was plowed but the trailhead wasn't. We decided to skip this falls and headed back out onto 112. We stopped in Albany at the trailhead of Rocky Gorge. The trailhead to the bridge is paved so there isn't a hike. Very easy access and our group spent about an hour photographing the Rocky Gorge from the bridge.

We had lunch at the Chef's Market in North Conway. By then the sun had come out and any signs of rain was gone. The Chef's Market is a quaint deli with healthy lunches at very reasonable prices. Chef Bryant Alden was behind the counter taking orders and his medals are proudly displayed on the wall behind their counter. I ordered the Hummus on wheat wrap and a cup of soup. It was delicious and the service there was both professional and pleasant! I highly recommend this deli if you are ever in North Conway. I do know that I will back to dine there again.

After lunch, we continued onto the town of Jackson. We stopped at the Honeymoon Bridge where Ian gave advice on shooting the covered bridge at different angles. I learned some tips on bringing out the 'red' of the bridge. 

On the other side of the covered bridge is Flossie's General Store and Emporium. It was closed but its front lawn provided many photo ops! 

Up the road a bit is Jackson Falls and it's such a lovely sight and sound - I just  love the sound of falls! At this falls I got to try out a filter I recently purchased, a Moose Warm (81A) Circular Polarized filter. I left my tripod in my truck, so I ended up setting my camera on the rocks at the falls edge.

Along route 302 we stopped at the Silver Cascade Falls. This is a no-hike falls. Just park your car, cross the street and setup your tripod and camera on the sidewalk....easy peasy. You don't even have to stop, just slow down as the falls can be seen from the road.
The Upper Falls in Bretton Woods was our last Waterfall stop and I donned my MicroSpikes as there was still a fair amount of snow on the ground. We parked along the roadside as the parking lot was not plowed. The bridge over the falls was just a short walk from roadside. 

It wasn't on the schedule, but we drove up the road a bit to the Mt. Washington Cog Railway. Half the group decide not to continue so there were only the four of us. It was exciting to be here at the base, as this was the closest I've ever been to Mt. Washington! 

Our very last stop of the day was the Irving gas station on the corner of route 302 and Base Road. We didn't expect it but there he was in the forecourt, a beautiful Red Fox begging for food. Slices of roast beef were tossed to him while we took photos. He didn't seem to mind posing for us, so long as we had food for him!

It was a long day and I didn't get home until well after dark, but I loved every minute of this workshop! I always enjoy Ian's workshops. He has a very calm method of teaching. He provides a comfortable setting for students of any level and is patient while providing guidance.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Welch and Dickey Mountains - Winter Hiking

Mt. Welch:  2,605 ft 
Mt. Dickey:  2,734 ft
Total elevation gain:  1,859 ft
Trails:  Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain trails loop
Difficulty:  Moderate

This 4.5 mile loop hike took our group across the summits of the Welch and Dickey Mountains.  We first took the Welch Mountain trail from the parking lot. We crossed a small brook and our ascent took us along side of that brook for some of the way. When we got to the slabs it started to snow lightly. We took a break here, resting for a few minutes to snack. I took photos from the tops of the slabs and more clouds rolled in. Route 49 into Waterville Valley town center can be seen from these slabs.

As we made our ascent to the peak, there were more slabs to scramble over. The slabs were icy and MicroSpikes provided traction. I got to lead our group to the peak, scrambling over the slabs and keeping the group on the trail. The trail was a maze as it twisted and turned around the icy granite slabs and squeezed between narrow cracks in the giant granite boulders.  When we reached the peak, we made our way around the top to the side where its descent is the toughest part of the trail. At this point, the trail is rocky coupled with icy spots and makes for a slow-going descent. There weren't many clear places on the rock for my hands, so I trusted my feet and descended the rocks backwards as this made it easier to make my own footholds in the ice.

There was a scary moment when a couple of my hiking companions slipped coming down the rocks. Steve, our organizer, came to their rescue to give them a hand down. A couple of them wanted to turn back, but Steve assured them that the descent would be harder if they turned back. Finally our entire group made it safely down with no injuries and some 'fear factor' to recall. At the col we looked for a spot under the Evergreen trees to take a few minutes for lunch.

We continued on and made our ascent to Dickey Peak scrambling over more slabs of granite. At the summit, we took more photos, taking in the views of the Welch Peak as well. On our descent on the Dickey Mountain trail, we made sure to follow the trail past a small cairn, then up and over another slab. A few yards on this part of the trail lead us to the tops of the rock climbing walls named Dickey's central and upper ledge and Dickey Traverse. The views from here were spectacular! 

We continued our descent down the steep trail and just a few yards off the slabs was a wall oozing with ice flows!  I had no idea I would find ice flows here and I couldn't believe how fat a couple of them were! Of course I took photos! On the rest of our descent the sun shone brightly and the trail started to get slushy. We took a few minutes break to rest on the log bench before continuing on. Our hike ended in the parking lot and just in time. The clouds rolled back in and it looked like it would start to snow again.

On this hike, the summits were exciting. But not as exciting as scrambling over the slabs of granite and finding those all gorgeous ice flows! WOOT!

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Slabs near the summit of Welch Mountain (3)

Welch Mountain from Dickey Peak
 At Dickey Peak
 Descent Dickey Mountain Trail (3)

Atop granite slabs (6)

 Ice Flows (3)

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