Sisters Ceira and Ari have been visiting the town of Rumney since they were little girls, staying at their family’s summer home on Stinson Lake. Until this week, though, they had never climbed on the cliffs that make this quaint New England town world famous in the climbing community. With a taste for climbing developed while away at college in Vermont, Ceira decided it was time to introduce her sister to the sport and check out the cliffs around their summer hang out. We couldn’t have lucked out with a better day!



With this being the view on the approach, I knew it was going to be a gorgeous day on the cliffs. As is standard for these fall days, it was warm and glorious in the sun, and a touch chilly in the shade!


This was a special day for both girls as Ari got to do her first ever climb outdoors, and Ceira got to share in the excitement by doing her first ever lead on the same route. After a bit of a warm up we talked about leading skills over lunch and then set up Ceira on the sharp end. With her first successful lead under her belt, the girls then set up and cleaned a route entirely on their own, building confidence for the day when they hope to come out to rumney on their own.


With the day coming to a close, we finished up on a perennial favorite. Begginer’s Route is the perfect intro climb or wrap up climb. I often describe it as pure bliss. With a fun array of hold types and moves, secure feet and engaging but not overly challenging, this route always brings a smile to my face, and I have yet to have a guest react differently!



As always, we’re grateful to our guests for choosing us to help them explore or enter the world of rock climbing!

Thanks so much, Ceira and Ari!

MMG Guide

Erik Thatcher

For many sports one suffers along the way, there will be sweating and pain, then the prize comes as one reaches the finish line.

In climbing the ultimate prize is the summit, the peak of the climb. The high fives and cheers are at the end of the route or on the top of the peak.

This Red Rocks trip has been full of suffering, sweating and then cheers. Many of the approaches are long, and for us the routes have been quite challenging. When Terry and I top out together a sigh of relief comes upon us. It is then the smiles come from another amazing route completed together. This is our scene together on the rocks and its been this way for over thirty years.

As you will see in the photos Terry and I very much enjoy the tough challenges along the way.

The high points, the lofty summits, the  outstanding views keep us coming back for more!!!



On are way into Black Velvet Canyon.

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Terry powering through the cruxes of two very different climbs.


Yoga = Balance, Power, Focus!!!


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Dream of Wild Turkeys – a three star route on some very fine rock.


Overview of the Red Rock Canyons from fossil ridge.


The Great Red Book.


Frogland and  Black Velvet.

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Terry guiding me for the day on Frogland.


High on the wall – friction moves and thin cracks.


Another day in paradise.


Hanging belay stations – high on a route called Unimpeachable Groping.


The cheers after a long day on the rock – we are at the base of the routes just completed.

Next March and April MMG will be back in Red Rocks – join us for your spring fling on the rock!!!

Art Mooney