Marc and I met up last week to get two awesome days of climbing.

Thursday was a great cragging day at Rumney Rocks.  We climbed 8 pitches in all.  We started the day high on the hill with Lonesome Dove, Junko and several other climbs in the area. High quality schist!   For the afternoon we headed down to climb the nice longer pitches on the left side of the main cliff area. Metamorphosis, Sesame Street, and a few others.
We ended the day with a brief multi-pitch/trad lesson including anchors, transitions, gear placement and removal.
On Friday we met in Franconia Notch for an ascent of the classic Whitney-Gilman ridge.
We had fantastic conditions with blue skies and a fairly brisk wind keeping the bugs to a minimum.  We were very happy to have our windbreakers for the second half of the day!
We moved right along in our approach and climb and included the 5.8 handcrack variation. The 5.8 variation finishes with an overhanging 5.6 headwall several hundred feet above the Black Dike.  Exciting for the leader and the second!
We enjoyed a casual lunch and water at the last belay.  (The climb offers excellent and comfortable belay ledges)

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Finishing the first pitch

Marc warming up on pitch one.

Top of the first pitch

Marc – top of first pitch.

Exciting traverse to the anchor

Exciting traverse to the belay anchor.

Marc finishing off the pipe pitch

Marc high over the Black Dike area on the Pipe pitch.

Mark T at the top of WG

Marc at the top of the Whitney Gilman!!!

Wind picking up in the afternoon

It was a really nice 2 days of cragging.   Sunny and 70s is hard to beat.  Marc is a gentleman and excellent company.   Thanks very much for coming down to NH and climbing.  Best of luck to you!
Steven Cooney
MMG Guide

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For the past four or five years now, camp Wildwood has come to climb with Mooney Mountain Guides. Sometimes for a few days, other times for an entire week. We are very lucky to have created such an awesome relationship with Wildwood. The campers that have attended these trips are great kids, and the camp instructors are professional, friendly, and great with kids. It is a real pleasure to spend time with Camp Wildwood.

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Technique overpowers strength every time, here a camper gets her feet high to reach the next hold.

MMG and Wildwood schedule these trips far in advance. We cross our fingers in the weeks leading up to the trip that the weather will provide us with beautiful days for climbing. This year, the weather forecasts were not perfect. Despite the forecast, MMG and Wildwood kept it positive, and went climbing anyway.

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Rappelling is a vital skill for a climber; here MMG Guide Todd teaches a camper with the added support of a belay from above.

Day one was calling for thunderstorms. We all had our raincoats along with our climbing gear and super sticky 5.10 climbing shoes, ready for anything. By the time we reached the cliff we were going to climb, there were patches of blue sky and intermittent sun. The rock was perfectly dry, and even better, we had Rumney to our selves. Due to the fact that we wanted to get everything in before any rain, the group climbed a ton, and the rain never came. We had a beautiful day of climbing despite the forecast.

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Working on technique, crimp session.

In the a.m. of day two we woke to rain, but it looked as tough it was heading east towards Maine and away from central N.H. Again, armed with our positive attitudes we headed up the trail to climb, with the idea that we would climb until we couldn’t. Yet again, the more we climbed the better the weather became. Day two was just as great as day one.

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The team out climbing despite the drizzle; MMG Guide Todd looking sharp in his Mammut Rain Jacket

It was the power of the positive attitudes we all came to this trip with that allowed for two great days of rock climbing. It goes to show that climbing is about more than rocks and climbing them. Its about spending time in beautiful places with positive people.

Thanks to MMG Guide Todd, Wildwood Instructors Shannon and Matt, and all the campers.

Alex Teixeira, MMG Guide