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Monday, August 12, 2019

Sunny Slab Left - Rock Climbing



Marlow, rock climbing, Monadnock
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 - our 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!  With today’s climbing, I’m at  29 leads of 76 pitches! Enjoy some photos taken of our day.



Nuno leading Sunny Slab Left






Sunday, July 30, 2017

Weissner's Dike - Multi Pitch Summer Rock Climb




Weissner's Dike (5.6)
Trad, Alpine, 6 Pitches, 650 feet Grade II
Cannon Cliff, Cannon Mtn.
Franconia Notch, NH

This route is 6 pitches but we climbed the second pitch in two pitches because it was super windy. There was a group of 3 on Consolation Prize, props to the lead climber who climbed the runout slabs in this wind. Kept an eye out on the weather but it never turned bad all day. Cold in the morning with lots of wind on the lower pitches. But it was calm at the last top pitches.

I really love that first pitch. The "Dike" is super fun. There's a stuck grey cam on this pitch, of course we used it! 

Lots of loose rock along with our second, third, and fourth pitches, but no rockfall during today's climb.





Sunday, August 21, 2016

Black & White Rocks - Rock Climbing

anchors, static rope, top rope, middlesex fells, black and white rocks, pinnacle, rock climbing


Wonderful afternoon with Noreen, Boomer, Nuno, Nancy and David at Crag 1 (Pinnacle) at Black & White Rocks! Wanted to make sure that the hike wouldn't be too strenuous for my old buddy Boomer, so I suggested Black & White Rocks to Noreen. With its super short approach, Boomer had no problems! David and I were able to lead the very easy, very short Fern route. Then we spent the next several hours top roping. 




Nancy's first time climbing outdoors!

Noreen

David

Nuno


Easy Lead


Boston Horizon

Monday, June 8, 2015

Crack Climbing – Rock Climbing


Really needed practice on “Layback” crack climbing. So I joined Sean and Tom for a mellow day climbing cracks as well as some fun exploring!














Monday, May 26, 2014

Whitney-Gilman Ridge – Multi-Pitch Rock Climb



Whitney-Gilman Ridge (5.7)
Cannon Cliff
Franconia Notch, NH

“Is that a porcupine in the tree”? Sean’s son Tom asked. Tom spotted it in the tree just a few feet from the ascent trail. Originally we were going to do a multi-pitch climb up the Lakeview Route, but it was wet. So we decided on Whitney-Gilman Ridge route. The route is along an arĂȘte and from the parking lot, we could see that it was already in the sun.

The choice would be a good one and we thought we would have enough day light to complete the route. But when we realized it was a black bear instead of a porcupine in the tree, we had no choice but to give it as much ‘wide berth’ as we could, putting us way past the Whitney-Gilman ascent trail!

Of course I wanted to get a photo of the bear in the tree, but when Sean said that it was coming down, the three of us slowly backed up the bike path. We froze when the animal let out a verbal warning. I reached for my bear spray (I keep it clipped to my backpack strap just above my heart). But it wasn't there! I had left my can of bear spray at home. Now I was truly sketched out! I started cursing. We quickly walked up the bike path with the black bear running in the opposite direction.

From the Whitney-Gilman Descent trail we cut across and hiked through the Talus field. Up, down and around, testing each piece of rock as we stepped on it, as some of it was loose. It was tiring hiking through the Talus and my knees ached a bit. 



By the time we made it to the base of the route, the weather had held up. But it was questionable as to finishing the entire route in day light. 

 Sean on lead
 "T" up P1

The start of P2
Coming up P2

Sean
"T" at our 3rd belay station
 After the second pitch we decided to call it a day and rapped down
 through the alternate start on the right side of the buttress. 
Sean rapping down
 Rapping down through the gully

We probably left about $40 worth of gear of rappel anchor,
but such a small price to pay for our safety. With all 3 of us safely
down well before dark, we sat and lunched just below the Black Dike
 After our lunch we hiked along the base of Cannon mountain and descended through the Talus field and the ascent trail.



 Reppy's Crack



The weather was perfect throughout the day! Although rain was forecasted, we never had one drop. And to top it off, there were NO OTHER CLIMBERS on the mountain!! No parties above us, no parties below us. No waiting. No one waiting for us to get out of the way. We were alone!

An amazing day to remember........a black bear to start, followed by a hike through the Talus and 2 stellar pitches. All under blue skies and with no other climbers on the mountain! We’ll be back to finish it up!

Cormier Magness (5.6) - Multi pitch Rock Climb

 It was a short, but brutal hot day for us! But still glad to be able to get out and onto a couple of pitches of the Cormier Magness route o...