Private Rock Climbing on Whitehorse & Cathedral Ledge

Lynn came up from Portsmouth today with a little bit of gym climbing and Pawtuckaway top-roping experience under her belt. She hadn’t done any multi-pitch climbing yet and wanted to work on her fear of heights & exposure. An avid runner and outgoing person I knew we would have a great day together. We started our morning at Whitehorse Ledge and climbed 4 pitches of Beginner’s Route to work on building trust in both our feet, and the climbing system.

Looking down 1st pitch of Beginner's Route with Cranmore Ski Mountain in the background
Looking down 1st pitch of Beginner’s Route with Cranmore Ski Mountain in the background
Rappelling from pitch 4 of Begineer's Route
Rappelling from pitch 4 of Beginner’s Route

We drove over to Cathedral Ledge and grabbed some lunch after checking out the new trail work happening up there.

Mulched burms
Mulched burms
New access to the fenced outlook
New access to the fenced outlook

After grabbing a bite to eat up top we made out way down to the top of the Barber Wall and rapped down Chicken Delight.

Doesn't look scare of heights here does she?
Doesn’t look scare of heights here does she?

Over to Upper Refuse we went…

Type 1 Fun
Pitch 1: Type 1 Fun
Key foot out right "Type 2 fun"
Pitch 2: Key foot out right “Type 2 fun”
Almost the top... Type 2.5 fun?
Pitch 3: Almost the top… Type 2.5 fun?

Despite having some very real issues with heights & exposure Lynn pushed herself quite a bit outside her “comfort” zone and made some great progress through-out the day. With trips planned to bigger peaks in Central America I hope to see her up here again pushing herself and gaining confidence on the rock.

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