Fall finally made it, with excellent climbing conditions in tow! The rock is super tacky, slopers feel like actual holds, and sunlight is refreshing instead of humid. I’ve been climbing all over Vermont and New Hampshire the last three weeks in a row. A few recent sends of note include my first on-sight of a 5.10c (Sesame Street, Rumney) and first highball boulder problem (Standard Direct, V3 – 30 ft, Pawtuckaway).
Jeff having fun at the Riverside Walls, conveniently located 1 mile from VLS campus
Kate also at Riverside
Dan sticking the lip on E-Z Cheese, V2, Pawtuckaway
Karthik messing around on some thin, awkward traverse
Nick working on The Big Ocean, V7, Pawtuckaway
Heavenly light accompanying my flash of Standard Direct. Photo by Nick
Nick’s shaky focus made a cool effect on this one!
These dudes were all over the Streamside Boulders at Pawtuckaway
It’s been a great summer of climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and touring. Including the spring in Mississippi (it was already in the 80’s when I arrived in early March) this has been the longest summer I’ve had in several years. I’ll be sorry to say goodbye to swimming in the river soon, but am looking forward to fall colors, cool weather, and eventually snowsports!
Below are several shots from outings over the last several weeks including climbing at Rumney, biking at Kingdom Trails, and sailing on Lake Champlain.
I mentioned a while back, that TNC would be posting several of my favorite photos from the spring on their website. Please go check it out:
I’ll probably re-post some of them here as a few were cropped to fit their formatting. Thanks again to everyone at Mississippi TNC for helping make my Masters Project such a success!
Geoff, Erik, J.P., and I went up to Cannon Mt in Franconia Notch yesterday for some trad cragging. It was a beautiful day on the cliff! This was my first time to Cannon, and my first real experience with crack climbing.
Another party climbing Reppy’s Crack, the first pitch of Moby Grape, 5.8
Erik placing gear on the first pitch of Raven Crack, 5.8
J.P. heading up the third pitch of Raven Crack, 5.8
I don’t have any photos of Geoff and I climbing, cause we were uh… climbing!
Here’s Geoff explaining while setting up our rappel from Lightning Crack, 5.7
And here he is rappelling off the same route.
Beautiful day on Franconia Ridge!
Looking south in the valley. You can make out Erik and J.P. beginning pitch 3 of Raven Crack, just in front of the Witney Gilman Ridge.