The fall foliage was in peak display and the Cathedral and Rumney rocks were dry and crisp. I instantly knew this would be a good one, Jerry was in town for a fine weekend of climbing.

I feel exceptionally fortunate to work as a mountain guide. The climbing days can be challenging physically and mentally but they are always fun. I have the opportunity to share my passion (climbing) with others and this is rewarding in so many ways. This weekend was a reminder of how good my job is and how lucky I am to work as a guide with Jerry and a variety of interesting guest from all walks of life.

The Sunday 2 pm rains shut Jerry and I down at Rumney Rocks. This in one way was a good event for us after all we had completed two amazing days on the rocks. Our first day at Cathedral was jamb packed with a variety of cracks and face routes, and today we rallied early at Rumney keeping a brisk pace while logging in ten routes by mid afternoon. The time was right to wrap our weekend up, with many high points, a new route or two,  a couple of Rumney test piece climbs,  all totaled into 18 pitches of fine climbing, we were certainly very satisfied.

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Mt Washington Valley – a vibrant display of fall colors.

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Jerry topping out on P1 of Recompense.

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This is the scrappy top out from Three Birches. Due to all the leaves and dirt its quite hard to tell but there is some fine climbing on this route.

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Whitehorse Ledge in the distance.

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Barber Wall – multiple testpiece cracks lined up.

Jerry working on Chicken Delight 5.9.

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Bombardment an area classic.

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Jerry just after the slab pitch of Bombardment

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 Rumney Rocks – The route is False Modesty 5.8 – slick and complex. The crux moves are just above Jerry. Note the narrow strip of clean rock between the moss and lichen.

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Hippos on Parade – nice corner climbing leads to the pumpy roof.

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Thank you Jerry for this exceptional weekend climbing together and great way to kick off Rock Tober!!!

See you again soon,

 Art Mooney