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