Speed Climbing the Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle

I like setting small reachable goals to keep me motivated in climbing. These goals are quite low compared to the inconceivable feats achieved by climbing's greats, like the recent mind-blowing free-solo of Freerider by Alex Honnold and Kilian Jornet's 26 hour climb from Basecamp to the summit of Everest and that's quite OK! Mere mortals … Continue reading Speed Climbing the Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle

Family Rock Climbing (8/21/16)

This past Saturday I had the privilege of taking the New Jersey based Schenck family out rock climbing at Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledge. Having spent the previous day kayaking the Saco River they were ready for some vertical fun. Super fun day with this outdoorsy family! I think a multi-pitch climbing day with Alexa & … Continue reading Family Rock Climbing (8/21/16)

Family Rock Climbing 8/7/16

Really fun day today climbing with this family from Austin, Texas! The Weaver's are adventurers extraordinaire and were wrapping up a 3 week trip in New England before heading back south. Fresh off some intense downhill mountain biking the day before they were ready to rock. We started out day over at Whitehorse Ledge under … Continue reading Family Rock Climbing 8/7/16

Rock Climbing Summer So Far…

It's been a great summer so far with lots of families & camp groups climbing with EMS Schools. I haven't done as many individual trip reports as most of my free computer time has been spent on reviewing some of the coolest new packs & gear on the market. Hope everyone has been enjoying the … Continue reading Rock Climbing Summer So Far…

Standard Route on Whitehorse, and the dreaded Brown Spot!

This past Wednesday Oliver returned for some more preparation before his Yosemite trip next month. We started the day with a full length route up Whitehorse via Standard Route (1080ft, 9 pitches, 5.7). 65 degrees, sunny, light breeze... perfect climbing weather... and we had the whole cliff to ourselves all morning! We quickly climbed up … Continue reading Standard Route on Whitehorse, and the dreaded Brown Spot!

Private Rock Climbing with Kat & Hardy (and Wilderness Navigation blurb)

I was fortunate to spend the July 4th holiday with yet another awesome couple. While Hardy has dragged Kat along on some long fly fishing trips this birthday present was all about Kat and reconnecting to her passion through a private rock climbing course. Given the expected crowds on a beautiful Saturday, July 4th, I … Continue reading Private Rock Climbing with Kat & Hardy (and Wilderness Navigation blurb)

Less-Traveled Classic Moderates on Cathedral Ledge

When you think of Cathedral Ledge moderate rock climbs what comes to mind? You're probably thinking of Fun House, Upper Refuse, Toe Crack, and Thin Air. Mountain Project agrees as they are the "only" classics sub 5.8. They are great routes, with long and rich history, and sometimes long lines. There are some less traveled moderates that, for a solid 5.7 leader, can … Continue reading Less-Traveled Classic Moderates on Cathedral Ledge

AMC Rock Climbing 7/14/14

Yesterday I enjoyed another day on the rocks with an AMC Camp Group. This group in particular loved the teamwork involved with belaying and back-up belays. From carrying ropes to the cliff to helping each other with belays and support this was a really great group to work with. And the weather! We are really … Continue reading AMC Rock Climbing 7/14/14

AMC Rock Climbing 7/7/14

Last week I got to spend the day with an AMC camp group at Cathedral Ledge. We started over on the Thin Air face with a few top-ropes, then had a scenic lunch at the top of the cliff, followed by a rappel from "the classroom". The kids liked rappelling so much they wanted more, … Continue reading AMC Rock Climbing 7/7/14