This weekend Milton Academy students ventured north to sample some of Rumney’s finest. Venturing away from the crimpy, vertical, polished rock of the Quincy Quarries, the students were anxious to test their abilities on some overhanging routes. Heading out early in the morning, the group made it to the parking lot early enough to beat the crowds. We headed up to the Armed and Dangerous wall to check out some of the steeper moderates. Despite the cold temps, sharp rocks, and numb fingers, the group climbed well. After they crushed The Big Easy, Toxic Gumbo, and Metamorphosis, we set up Armed and Dangerous, which presented a solid challenge for a number of the climbers.
Cameron grabbing the opening jug on The Big Easy
Malcolm working his way up the corner of Metamorphosis
Izzy provided a solid belay with the gri gri
Erik trying to warm his fingers up before the pumpy finish to Armed and Dangerous
Matt checking out the upcoming moves on The Big Easy
After a short lunch break, we headed down to the Meadows and were surprised to see a few classic lines open and available. Despite some fatigue, the group tested their skills on more overhanging Hippos on Parade, Lies and Propaganda, and No Money Down.
Izzy pulling through the crux of Lies and Propaganda
Malcom crossing through on No Money Down Rick chalking up
Thanks to the group for their motivation and positive energy and a fantastic day on the rock!
Mooney Mountain guides is proud to work closely with Mammut North America. we have a quality relationship with our friends at the headquarters in northern VT. Each year Mammut hooks us up with some of their quality product to use, abuse and test in the field. Recently, we’ve also been joining them in VT to share some technical knowledge with the employees and other groups and outfitters that they support. It’s a great two way relationship for all. Twice in the past few years Mammut has outfitted the guides at MMG with the mens Ultimate Hoody. 2 years ago we got them in red, while this past year we got the upgraded model year in an eye catching green.
MMG crew in Red Ultimate Hoodies
The following is a collection of thoughts on the Ultimate Hoody in general, as well as the changes for the new model. This experience reflects well over 100 days in the field ice climbing, mountaineering and skiing.
Erik on Hanging by a Moment
The most unique thing about the Ultimate Hoody is its inclusion of a Gore Wind Stopper membrane. In general we like to have layers that do one thing great (soft shell for mild conditions, wind shirt for windy conditions, hard shell for full on…). Often times by trying to make a layer that takes on multiple tasks you end up with a jacket of all trades, master of none. We’re not a fan of this compromise. The Ultimate Hoody has blurred this line by including the wind layer into the soft shell layer. I find that this makes the soft shell less breathable, but more useful in windy conditions, and has allowed me to stop carrying a wind shirt. It’s performed so remarkably that with roughly 20 days of Mt Washington’s worst weather I have yet to don my hardshell this season. The only sacrifice in the blending of these two layers has been a bit less breathability, which is compensated with large pit zips and opening up the front.
Art on Geographic Factor, Alex on The Promenade
We’ve found that there have been several key improvements in the new model year. All agree that they are slightly roomier in any given size than last year. The new thumb loop design is lower profile and more comfortable to use with or without mittens. Most of all, the addition of a chest pocket is a huge improvement as a place to keep essentials that need to be easily accessed. While fw of us put it to use, this pocket also has a port to thread headphones through, along with an additional keeper near the hood to keep headphone wires out of the way.
Alex testing the Ultimate Hoody’s wind and waterproof capabilities on Hillmans Highway and a secret woodsy powder stash
Art Mooney, one of Mammut’s sponsored guide’s and one of our lead guides had this to say about the Ultimate Hoody
“Comfortable, roomy yet lightweight, freedom to move, windproof, water resistant, need we say more?”