Self-Rescue Course with Marc Chauvin Chauvin Guides International LLC June 15 & 16, 2013 What a great weekend it was for learning. There were 10 students in the course and we met Marc Chauvin of Chauvin Guides International LLC at Quincy Quarries. The course was offered through the AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee and covered on both Saturday and Sunday. Lecture was for the most part of Saturday at the “O” Wall and we practiced some of the techniques Marc covered in his lecture. On Sunday we reviewed the techniques that were covered the day before and then put them to practice on the rock! We covered Transitioning from Belay, to either a counter balance rappel, a haul or belay escape. Reading: Self-Rescue by David Fasulo (ISBN 9780762755332) Some photos I took during the weekend course: Quincy Quarries Marc Chauvin on rappel rings Outdoor Lecture Setup: Transition to rappel on two ropes Setup: Transition to rappel on a sin
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Fantastic day for rock climbing! Originally this Boston Rock Climbers 40+ Meetup was scheduled for 10am but we met up at 1 in the afternoon when the rain clouds had moved out giving way to the sun. Quincy Quarries is located just outside of Boston and an easily accessed from Interstate 93. Today was my second visit to QQ, my first being 2 years ago, and I was eager to do some urban rock climbing on walls filled with graffiti. Two routes were set up on the 45 foot C Wall - Ceaseless Turmoil (5.7/.8) and Yellow Spot (5.4-5.5). We rappelled from the top to belay from the waters' edge. Afterwards we set up on F wall and a few of us climbed Friction Pitch (5.2-5.3). F wall is a taller wall - 85 feet, and was a blast to rappel to the bottom ledge. Climbing later in the Fall afternoon allowed for some beautiful light to photograph! At the top of C Wall, E & F Wall in the background Ken at the waters' edge Climbers on the E Wall Boston and I
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Just off of I-93 within Boston, this is one easy crag to get to! The quarries (filled with landfill from 'The Big Dig') have rock formations as well as colorful graffiti that prove to be some interesting photo ops. A perfectly good day for climbing with David, Bob and Jane (my indoor rock climbing partner)!