I had a pretty sweet week of work and play. I had a few days out with great guests, some of whom are finally seeking deeper knowledge of techniques and the tactics needed to climb. Sort of, the why, behind the components of the security systems. Casi asked about these, and we poked at all kinds of mechanisms to create secure situations at the cliff.
Jeff and I got to climb some routes on beautiful white granitic gneiss at Whitestone. Jeff and I have been climbing together for 14 or so years, and it was fun to revisit some routes we have done together over the years. It was quite a pleasure to climb warm rock in the sun in late November!
Nate McKenzie of Ascent Climbing and I headed over to the Gunks for a regional AMGA Meeting and managed to sneak in a few pitches before the meeting. He took us up Double Chin. Double Chin is a recommended route that a Preserve Ranger turned me onto about 1o years ago. It now has a bolt anchor and has become popular. We enjoyed this one, for sure.
I got us up Retribution, which is an Uberfall classic. I’ve only been on it twice before, but it was quite fun. The crux is a little punchy, but even our friend from Colorado, Dale Remsberg enjoyed it ;).
We had a friend of a friend, Casey, from Utah with us, and he had never been to the Gunks. Since it had gotten quite cold by afternoon, we headed over to High Exposure for Casey’s sake. Nate took us up that and added another ‘guided’ ascent for his upcoming guide exam resume. Thanks, Nate!
I even got to do some training for the Mt Southington Ski Patrol this week.
In other news, Pinnacle Gully got climbed by a friend and things are starting to form in the higher alpine zones of the northeast. Get in touch with us if you dream of climbing some early season alpine ice/mix/rock.
Chances are, the next blog post will feature ice tools! Get ready, here it comes!
Thanks everyone for a another great week out there. It was fun seeing you out there too!
Upcoming Event: AMGA CWI Course at Rock Climb Fairfield. Nate is handling all the registrations.