Climbing With Lee 9/16/14

Monday my younger sister Lee came for a visit and we went climbing over at Rattlesnake.  Lee led the Dinosaur Route up to the crux and then descended.

I didn’t really want to top rope up to that point, and then lead the rest of the route, so I pulled the rope down and lead climbed up using the protection she left behind.

I climbed past her protection and finished leading the rest of the route. I tied off to the eye bolts at the top and set up a top rope going through both anchors.  This set up isn’t optimal because it has a lot of friction, but it saves hiking up later to retrieve gear. After going back on belay I cleaned the route on the way down.  Lee made another ascent this time on top rope all the way to the top.
Lee wanted to work on learning how to lead a little more, and a better place to do that was Paul’s wall.  So we packed up and headed to Brookline.
Paul’s Wall

Lee was able to practice leading, this time with a much better teacher.  Lee lead to the top of the wall.  Paul showed her some techniques as well as how to place other anchors using slings.
Then I climbed up to the top of the wall in just my sneakers, and belayed her up. I showed Lee how to repel, and kept her on belay as she repelled down. Then I repelled down.

After training time it was fun time and we went back to sport climbing some of the established routes on the wall.  We both found that the 5.8’s on Pauls wall are much harder than what you find at a climbing gym.  I’m guessing Paul’s 5.8 equals Vertical Dream’s 5.10.
We both learned a ton climbing with Paul there and it was a fun time at both the real crag and the fake one.

Weare Hike 2014 -North Pack Monadnock

I have wanted to get a group of local friends together for a hike for a while.  Originally we were going to hike Monadnock, but Saturdays forecast was for rain in the afternoon.  So we scaled it down a little and hiked Pack Monadnock in Greenfield NH instead.  There ended up being about 16 of us who went and we were able to get up and down before the rain moved in.
Pack Monadnock was a great choice for a large party with varying abilities, we were all able to hike at our own pace without getting too separated.  Maybe Weare Hike 2015 will work out for Monadnock or something more north.
Going up the steep part.  (Me with Jake in the Kelty Pack)

Us taking over the Summit.

Monadnock via Dublin Trail 9/31/14

I went up the Dublin Trail to the summit for my 78th Mt Monadnock Summit today.   The upper 200 feet of elevation was in the clouds. Trail conditions were dry until I reached the clouds. Being alone I enjoyed setting a challenging pace for myself and I made it the 2 1/2 miles from car to summit in 51 minutes.  I hung out at the top for about 10 minutes and then made it back to my car 42 minutes later.  This way is a great way to go and has about 10% of the traffic that the state park trails have.