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|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
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!
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.
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!
Monday, June 10, 2019
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.
Monday, January 1, 2018
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.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Someone forgot their gloves....
Monday, April 18, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Mt. Dickey: 2,734 ft
Total elevation gain: 1,859 ft
Trails: Welch Mountain and Dickey Mountain trails loop
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.
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.
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