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Stonehouse Pond - Rock Climbing

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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 pat…

Xtreme Descent - Rappelling

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Our NH Rockclimbing Meetup group was notified of the Xtreme Descent event at the last minute, but we were able to get a team together for this event. The event, a fundraiser for the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America, took place at the Brady Sullivan Building in Manchester, NH. The 24-storey building is the tallest in the state of New Hampshire. Kellie Barr-Foster (organizer of our rock climbing meetup group) put out a notice to our group and those members interested signed up to join the team and help raise donations.
On the day of the rappel my team mates and I checked in and filled out paperwork at registration. Our personal belongings were put away and kept safe by Boy Scout volunteers. Over The Edge technicians fitted us with industrial, full-body harnesses, helmets and gloves.
Training followed next and was done from the second floor of the parking garage. Tim instructed us about the "Gold Thing" (ASAP Fall Arrest Device) and the "Blue Thing…