Monthly Archives: August 2012

This day on Cannon was different. I was being guided with Ken by MMG Guide Matt Ritter. You see Matt is getting prepped for his Rock Instructor Exam and he is looking for mileage on a variety of routes. Ken and I teamed up for a two to one ratio on a Cannon Classic – The Whitney Gilman Ridge.

In this role I was able to take a few different photos from below.  What a great day, the team, the weather and no crowds. As you can see Cannon is a great place to be during the fall climbing season.

Suns out guns out.

Pitch One the Whitney Gilman.

The Pipe!

Ken enjoying Cannon the alpine playground.

The crux pitch.

Cannon one of my favorite climbing areas for sure.

Thanks to Ken and Matt for a great day.

Art Mooney

Mike has enjoyed climbing and skiing with MMG for the past eight years. Three years ago he traveled up to Conway with his family to try out rock climbing. Whitehorse was the place to begin with long sweeping slabs that lead to beautiful views of the Mt Washington Valley.

Now every year Jackson and Mylee take it a bit higher. MIleage is the key with climbing and once you become comfortable its much easier to climb to new heights. You will see by the photos Jackson and Mylee are having fun on these wonderful rock routes at Whitehorse Ledge inNorth Conway NH.

Family Photo

Mylee climbing quickly to the top!

Mike and Jackson working the moves together.

You go girl its a figure of eight.

Jackson headed up higher.

Made it to the top!!!

Great climb for Jackson and Mike.

Belay ledges offer a nice break.

Mike and Jackson having a good time.

It is great to be the teacher and watching the kids climb. Each season we do something a bit different with slightly more challenge. Being sure to keep it fun for all.

Thanks to Mike, Amy, Mylee and Jackson for climbing with me.

Art Mooney

Aubrey and I worked out on the cracks at Cathedrals North End Area yesterday. It was a comfortable place to be as we climbed mostly in the shade allowing us to escape the sun and heat of the day. The north end is a perfect area to hone the crack climbing skills with multiple steep crack routes in the 5.9 to 5.10 range.

By mid day we looked up and decided to take a line to the top. We scrambled up through some rough terrain to reach a route called the Liger 5.10. Its a steep corner crack that ends with finger locks through a steep bulge. Scrappy and dirty it was but a fine outing none the less.

Another great climbing day for Aubrey and I at Cathedral Ledge.

Aubrey warming up on the tough Kiddy Crack.

Steep finger locks on Birds Nest.

Aubrey gaining on the route They Died Laughing.

The slab start to The Liger.

Steep finger jams around the turf and weeds – A Cathedral gem.

Aubrey reaching the final hand jam to gain the sloping ledge.

Trying out Mammuts new El Cap Helmet. Light with a great fit.

Thanks Aubrey for a fine day.

Art Mooney

Each summer I travel to Acadia to refresh the mind and body. There is something about the ocean, the cool air, great hiking and climbing that puts it all together and re-energizes the body.

This past weekend after a long day on Mt Katahdin, Steve, Chris, Mark, Matt and I drove down east to Bar Harbor. We headed right out to the cliffs and sampled a few of the classic granite crack climbs on the Precipice. We kept our pace through two days and climbed on a variety of routes and mountain hikes. In the evenings we enjoyed the fine eateries in the seaside town of Bar Harbor.

This vacation combination of climbing on Katahdin and Acadia is a great way to replenish the mind and body. Thanks to the Cody team for joining MMG and leaving work and the mid summers heat behind for a weekend of fun and excitement.

Chris and I at Otter Cliffs.

Steep ladders on the Precipice Trail.

Summit of Mt Champlain Acadia Maine.

Approaching the sea cliffs at Otter.

Steve in training – never enough for this guy.

Granite steps and paths lead the way.

Old Town a classic climb on the South Wall.

Chris cruising up the stone.

Acadia trails lined with wrought iron rails.

Another great adventure with Mooney Mountain Guides and the Cody team.

Thanks very much Steve, Chris, Mark it was a blast spending the weekend together.

Art Mooney – Matt Ritter

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