Upper Refuse is the perfect rock climb to introduce climbers to the granite crack climbs at Cathedral Ledge. Given the past rain and potentially wet rock Janice and I drove to the top of Cathedral and approached the Refuse climb via the tree ledge. We began our days with two objectives, our first was to climb a variety of routes and the second was for Janice to gain confidence and take on the leading role. Following me up the routes is what most guests enjoy on a guided day but for Janice she was looking for the next step – leading.
Being the leader of a rock climb requires a focused mindset and a solid foundation of movement skills. The climber must be in control as they design the protection, the anchors, and the belays on the climb. This may sound easy but once you are out in front the climb and movements take on a much different feel.
Janice and I enjoyed two fine days on the rocks. Cracks climbs, leading, and a few of the classic crack routes entertained our minds while we exercised our bodies.
Janice opening the day on Upper Refuse.
Learning the craft of placement of cams and stoppers in granite cracks.
Exposed finale pitch – high above Cathedral Pines
Funhouse – Janice taking up the rope.
Leaving the belay on pitch three.
Excellent rock climbing, good protection opportunities = a very fun day out.
Thanks Janice for coming down to the states to climb. Hello to Sparky for me when you get back home.
Jonathan and Jackie joined Mooney Mountain Guides for a half day afternoon rock climbing adventure at Rumney Rocks. Sunday was the perfect day to be outside hiking and climbing in the White Mountains. Our rock climbing tour began with a leisure warm up hike up to the Jimmy Cliff area. The route called Clip a Dee Doo Dah was our objective. Clip a Dee Doo Dah is an inviting beginner climb that takes a direct line up the lower angle slabs to a high point on Rattlesnake Mountain. This was Jonathans and Jackies first outdoor climb at Rumney and they were excited – they both climbed easily and quickly following my leads to the top. Once back at the base we roped up once again for a second climb on Pine Tree Crack. Two climbs to the top with amazing views of the Baker River Valley below brought smiles to us all.
Great times on the rocks with Jackie and Jonathan!!!
Climbing high on Clip a Dee Doo Dah.
Knots to tie, ropes to manage, belaying the leader. Jonathan took on these tasks with ease.
Climbing up Pitch Two and the Summit attained. Nice work.
Jackie on our last climb at the Meadows Area – steeper rock and lots of climbers.
Thanks to Jackie and Jonathan for joining me at Rumney Rocks. It is always a good time meeting new guests and taking them on a first time climbing experience outdoors on the rocks.