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Cathole Mountain Rock Climb, CT

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  Cathole Mountain, CT - Lovena, Jeni & Renee Another round of climbing in CT, this time on Cathole Mountain! Jeni, Renee, and I got in some laps on Pink Elephants (5.6) , Golden Book (5.6) , and Pegasus (5.8) .  It was a fun day filled with climbing, eating, and laughter.  So happy to help you out again Jeni! :) 

Pinnacle Rock, CT - Rock Climb

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  At the top of Pinnacle Rock, CT It was good to get back to Connecticut to climb again. 3 years ago I onsighted VeeZee (5.4), a super fun crack! Today Jeni lead VeeZee and we also got in a couple laps on Leap Frog (5.6), Wizard Of Oz (5.7) and Emerald City (5.8). So happy to help you out Jeni! :) #girlswhoclimb #rockclimbing #pinnaclerock #trad #toproping #leafpeeping

Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend Climb - NH

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Artist Bluff - Lovena, Jeni & Erika What a great day for rock climbing in Franconia Notch and Waterville Valley! Jeni, Erika, and I  got out to do some multi-pitch rock climbing, top-roping, and sport leading. Artist Bluff was chilly, windy, and mobbed with leaf-peepers. But Russell Crag was warmer and quieter, especially in the late afternoon. Enjoy a short video of our day. #girlswhoclimb #rockclimbing #multipitchclimbing #sportclimbing #toproping  #artistbluff #franconianotch #cannonmountain #russellcrag #leafpeeping

My Decade of Climbing

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly I wanted to post this last year, but I held off until now with everything going on with Covid. May 2020 marked 10 years of climbing for me. It's not a very long time, but long enough to have some experiences I'd like to share. The Good - It started as a bucket list. I had only heard of rock climbing after receiving mail from my local YMCA advertising climbing classes. Not knowing what to expect, I signed up for 6 private 1-hour lessons for $99. That was May 2010 and by August, my instructor had brought me to Rumney Rocks in NH where I lead some easy sport routes on the Venus Wall. After my 6-private lessons, my instructor suggested I look into joining some climbing meetup groups and try out MetroRock in Newburyport. I joined 3 climbing meetup groups, two of which were run by women. It was such a good experience climbing in the two meetup groups run by women, I have met some amazing people and have experienced so many fun and challenging climbing sess

Top 25 Climbing Blogs of 2021

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Hawaii Girl Adventures Blog has been selected as the Top 25 Climbing Blogs of 2021 by The Adventure Junkies! Thank you TAJ and congratulations to the other climbing blogs that made the list!

Evening Blues - Multi Pitch Rock Climbing

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Met up with Nuno for some fall climbing at Longstack Precipice in Alton, NH. Nuno lead P1 of Evening Blues (5.7) and I finished up by leading P2. At the top of P2 of Evening Blues I met and spoke with guide Jonathan Fouser.  Onto Coyote Rain, Nuno lead P1. On my turn to climb, I couldn't make it over the roof. When I did this climb 5 years ago with Kevin D. leading, I had no problems getting over that roof. It was fun and easy. But nowadays, I don't care for roofs and overhangs....getting old! LOL! So Nuno lowered me and we called it a day! Such a beautiful day for climbing with amazing fall foliage views. Enjoy some photos of our day. At 1.5 miles of Rines Road in Alton, drive through the first gate and sign for the Knight’s Pond Conservation Area. Go to the very end and park in the parking lot with a kiosk. Large boulders border the parking lot. Between two boulders is a shortcut path. This is the climber's path to the Longstack area. Take the half-mile path to the inter

Buffalo Corral - Rock Climbing

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  Top of Stampede (5.8) Met up with Nuno at the Buffalo Corral in Rumney, NH for some crag climbing! What a great morning - a bit chilly but it warmed up nicely as the day went on. Worked our way from right to left of the Slab Wall and finished off at the Book Of Sins on the Small Wall.  Looking down from the top of Ghost Pine (5.6) Nuno at the top of Bison Burger (5.7) Nuno at the top of Stampede (5.8) Our last leads at the Corral was on the Book Of Sins, 5.5 ( below ). Fun leading this way-too-short route. And today it wasn't as dirty, wet, and mossy like it was back in July 2019 !

Redrocks Gloucester - Rock Climbing

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The Masters Wall Spent the morning climbing at Redrocks with Jeni. We had planned to climb at the "Down Under Wall" but couldn't find it, so we headed to the Main Wall. We started by each leading Roll The Bones 5.6 , a sport route on the left side of the Main Wall. Since it was Jeni's first time at Redrocks, I wanted to set up a top rope on the center of the Main wall, particularly The Zipper. But a party of 7 was already setup, complete with two hammocks. :) So we climbed Luck Of The Irish 5.8 and The Vatican 5.7 on the Masters Wall. Then finish on The Pink Floyd Wall climbing Meddle 5.6 , And I gave the Unnamed Bolted Face 5.10 a try but could only get up to its first bolt. Jeni on Meddle (5.6)

Main Wall, Dorset Street Crag - Rock Climbing

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From the top of the Dorset Street Crag  The bolted anchors are just above the "Deception" route Another adventure with Iskuhi! We finally got out to the Dorset Street Crag near Annisquam, MA. We decided to park off North Bennett Street so we could just hike to the top of the crag and drop top ropes. We found the parking along North Bennett street, but we couldn't find a trail from the street. However, further up the street, we did find a trail that went down to Dorset Drive. On Dorset Drive, we walked towards Washington Street and saw the crag on our left. If there was a trail to the crag from Washington Street we didn't find it. So we just bushwhacked in from Dorset Drive. We passed this area on the trail from North Bennet Street to Dorset Drive We set up a top rope for a couple of climbs on the left side of the Main Wall. It was so hot and humid, and the rock was super slick.  But it sure was fun to get out for a couple of morning laps.  It was prett

Middlesex Fells - Rock Climbing

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The left side of Crag 1 Met up with Nuno and we spent the morning climbing at two different crags in the Middlesex Fells. We started at the left side of Crag 1 Pinnacle Rock, and then onto Crag 3. As with our last climb together, in the parking lot, we didn't do any hugs, high-5's, or handshakes, but we never did anyway. We hiked to Crag 1 (Pinnacle Rock) maintaining social distancing and there was no one else on the trail. We were the first two climbers there, but soon after two women showed up. Later, two more guys showed up, and they set up a top rope to the right of us on Fern. Despite being new to outdoor climbing, they were doing great on their own. But one of the women in the other group started spraying beta, poor guys! Even as Nuno and I headed out to Crag 3, she continued loudly spraying her beta - she actually got louder as we walked away. I guess she wanted to make sure Nuno and I knew that she knew what she was talking about. So rude to put others (especiall

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

September Weekend Climbing

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Farley Ledge Met up with Iskuhi, Danica, and Jen at Farley Ledge. A bit crowded (a group of 13 at one area!) and managed to get in a lead and some climbs. Also met a bunch of really nice climbers (and dogs) as well. Super fun day!  Thin Air, Cathedral Ledge Jackie and I met up in the Cathedral Ledge parking lot. At the base of Thin Air. Jackie lead the first pitch and brought me up. I hemmed and hawed and finally decided to lead the second pitch. Everything was going great until I reached a really sketchy section and realized I didn't have the cam I needed. I knew right off the bat..." that crack was a #2 because that's my hand jam size." The feet at this particular section was sketchy, but I had to make sure. So I tried a #0.75 and #1, but both were too small. And the #3 and it was too big. I came back down to the little ledge and looked back at Jackie at the belay. I had both number 2's already placed. And why the hell did I place that #1 so closel

Sunny Slab Left - Rock Climbing

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Leading Sunny Slab Left Today Nuno and I checked out the climbing crag at the Burns McIntire Forest area in Marlow, NH. There were only two other climbers when we got there and they were super helpful with the local beta. I hadn't climbed here in years but the place pretty much is the same as I remembered it.  I lead the Sunny Slab Left (5.7) first with no problems, then it was Nuno's turn. Everything was fine until he got above the last clip and placed his hand in the small horizontal crack. Long story short - o ur climbing was cut short by some pretty aggressive locals!! Thank you,  Nuno, for your photos and your help and support for my  "Turning 60 and Climbing About It"  project!   W ith today’s climbing, I’m at  29 leads of 76 pitches!  Enjoy some photos taken of our day. Nuno leading Sunny Slab Left

Parking Lot Wall - Rock Climbing

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Leading Cafe au Lait (5.6) Another mellow day of climbing! So nice to be climbing without the humidity, but the place was a bit crowded! :) Iskuhi, Nuno and I headed out to Rumney for a quick climbing day. Also bumped into Kyle who was there climbing with James. And we met Pia, the cutest little crag dog ever!  Thank you Iskuhi and Nuno, for your photos and your help and support for my  "Turning 60 and Climbing About It"  project!   W ith today’s climbing, I’m at  28 leads of 75 pitches!  Enjoy some photos taken of our day.

Custer Gallatin National Forest

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Today my groom and I headed out to the Custer Gallatin National Forest .  On our way, we stopped at REI to pick up a Hyalite Canyon trail map ($5). The drive from Bozeman was only 20 minutes and the ride through the canyon was beautiful! We passed several campgrounds and at the pull-offs, several folks fishing at the creek. At the reservoir, there were many people taking advantage of the mild temperatures. Many were camping along the east shore of the reservoir. Many were enjoying the water in kayaks, canoes, or tubes. On our way out we stopped by Practice Rock to watch some climbers. Such a mellow day!  Enjoy some photos taken of our day.