Monthly Archives: May 2014

Kelly and Bob ventured north from Philadelphia in hopes of climbing in North Conway this Memorial Day weekend; however, the storms soaked the cliffs.  With Whitehorse running with water, they drove over to Rumney and found some dry rock, sunny weather, and stellar routes.

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Kelly working her way up Beginner’s Route.

 

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Bob nearing the top with someone starting up Bolt Line.

After warming up and getting their feet underneath them, we headed over to the Parking Lot Wall to find that Glory Jeans was open.  We were able to climb a little more before the skies opened up with an afternoon shower.

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Bob on the ledge ready to step over the void.

 

Thanks to Kelly and Bob for their positive energy and enthusiasm!

 

Todd Goodman

MMG Guide

The coast of Sardinia and so much of the interior of this island is loaded with limestone cliffs of all sizes. Terry and I have traveled around sampling the different crags on the seaside and the interior sections.

Cala Gonone is the main beach side tourist area and well known sport climbing destination. The atmosphere is very friendly, the travel is quite easy, the food and lodging are excellent. The local and visiting climbers a very helpful keeping us on the right track to finding the fine sport routes in the area.

We found the better climbs to be in the south outside the town of Baunei and Jertzu. The rock had not been traveled as much and the routes were all equipped with new stainless bolts.

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Beautiful, rugged coastline of Sardinia.

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View from the crag outside Baunei.

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Excellent topos with well equipped routes in the southern areas.

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Another fine route to on sight – the best form of climbing – one shot to the chains.

Art Mooney

After a long winter, rock season seems to be developing some momentum here in Vermont. Time to shake off the cobwebs. Last Sunday Heidi and I went to the crag to do some climbing and dial in some technical skills. The venue was Bolton, Vermont, home to some of the best schist climbing in New England. The goal was not only to refresh some older skills, but to also work on some current techniques and learn some new ways to add more safety and efficiency while climbing

We began the day at Lower West Bolton, a popular and easily accessible cliff with plenty of route options for every level. Both Heidi and I were psyched to have most of the crag to ourselves. Here we reviewed multiple belay techniques, focusing on the finer points of belaying with the GriGri. After some climbing and Facebook shots with the Iphone, we got more serious and moved on to cleaning sport anchors and rappelling with the use of the autoblock and extension.                                           Rapping

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To wrap up the day we hit The Quarry, another Bolton crag with a variety of sport climbing options (and awesome ice in the winter).  Some of the routes were damp, but we finessed through the wetness and Heidi got to practice some of her new skills.

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Awesome job Heidi, thanks for a great day of at one of my favorite local Vermont climbing areas!

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  Mooney Mountain Guides calls this blog posted trip the New Hampshire sampler – a day of sport climbing, a mountain adventure, and an alpine rock day on Cannon Cliff.  This three day action packed event is not one for a week heart or mind.

Steve is a motivated man, when he sets his sights on a climb, a goal, a project he gives it 100+ percent. This was crystal clear from the beginning. United a not so favorite airline of his canceled his flight earlier this week and  within a short time Steve was in the car racing from New York to New Hampshire. The weather pattern was solid, a mid week break from Peppercom was needed, and the body and mind were ready to climb.

Rumney Rocks was the first stop on Tuesday. The skies had cleared from the weekends low pressure and the cliff was drying out fast. A visit to the Jimmy Cliff got us off on the right tune, Bonsai was next with a fine display of sending a project by MMG guide Alex, and then to complete we ventured over to the Main wall for a steep technical face climb that put on the first of many pumps during the week.

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A quick cardio workout romping up the Clippidy Do Dah!!!

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Main Cliff action as Steve nears the belay.

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Off to a good start.

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The great weather continued on Wednesday which happened to be our Mt Washington mountain day. To both our surprise the mountain was in late winter condition with snow and ice covered trails from the Cog Station to the summit. There has been over 1 foot of new snow since May first which is quite unusual even for the rock pile. The new snow along with brisk temps and a stiff breeze make us feel like we took a step back in time by a few months.

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Thanks to Julbo for keeping our vision in order – excellence with eyewear for mountain travelers and more.

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Bluebird skies, wild rime ice, all in all a spectacular day.

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The summit cone was tough – bear down and keep on trucking.

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The prize Steve’s 13th time on the summit

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The base area – four thousand feet lower – in spring time condition.

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Our third day – time to ramp it up!!!

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Cannon Cliff is New Hampshires finest alpine rock area. Our 1 hour approach to the Whitney  Gilman wanders up the steep talus field to the base of the serpentine ridge. The WG ridge is a classic old school 5.7 route first completed in 1929. This was our last day objective and we were set to take it to the top.

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All the movement skills are put to the test climbing on Cannon. Cracks, faces, loose shattered rock, wildy exposed moves as one works back and forth along the 600ft ridge climb. The Whitney Gilman Ridge can make one feel like they are climbing in the Alps.

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The final pitch – Steve jamming and liebacking the final corner to the top.

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The descent – snow and ice again?

Micro spikes on the Guide Tennies was the ticket home.

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Steve and MMG guide Alex blasting home on the return.

Steve has come to New Hampshire many times to climb with MMG. This trip was one of the finest, it was

full of SERF –  Surprises, Educational, Rewards, Fun time for all.

Thanks to Steve – for this amazing three day sampler.

Art Mooney

Early season is tough.  With the improved weather, excitement fills the air and climbers get anxious not only to get out but also to send.  Attacking a project too high too soon often results in injury, putting the kibosh on training until you heal.  Dialing down routes can help maximize your training early season (and throughout the year).

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Several years ago, I was climbing with a friend of mine at Rumney, and we were warming up before heading off to our respective projects.  After completing a route that I enjoyed but did not climb smoothly, I muttered, “That was sloppy.” I had wished I felt more comfortable on the route.

“Don’t untie,” he said.  “Dial it down.”  So I climbed it again, much more smoothly.  When I reached the ground the second time, he smiled.  “Don’t untie.  You’re not done.”  I sighed but started again.  I moved more fluidly than the previous times and anticipated the next handhold and my feet found the footholds.  The fourth time…yes, he made me climb it four times…I felt solid.

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The more familiar you are with a route, the greater chance you have to move efficiently, grabbing the holds the best way the first time or finding the right footholds without hanging too much on your arms.  Each spring, when I have been off the rock for several months, I gravitate to the routes where my body knows the motions like dialing the number to an old friend.  Often times, these routes are either the same grade or harder than the routes that I am trying to onsight.  Because I am so familiar with these routes I have dialed down, I am performing challenging moves without wasting too much energy trying to figure out the beta.  As a result, I can climb harder for a longer period of time, enabling me to get into climbing shape faster.

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This season when you climb a route that you enjoy, don’t rush off too quickly for the next one.                                                          Spend the extra time to work through the moves. Dial it down.

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Todd Goodman

MMG Guide