Each year, Casi and her crew of BIC SUPpers go on a paddle and climb adventure. So far, we’ve been doing a Connecticut River expedition. Casi paddles a bazillion miles on SUP boards to meet me. We go climbing over the water, then finish with a few sport routes at Seldon Island. Basically, a three hour tour.
This year, I felt like we needed to up the ante. I suggested we go to Rogers Rock on Lake George in the Adirondack Park. After some reconnaissance, Casi agreed that this was going to be the spot. Since the climbing here is 500 feet tall, and there were six climbers, I recruited my good friend and IFMGA Guide Silas Rossi. If you know him, you know he’s a stud with sharp wit, and he’s quick to crack a joke- He’d be a perfect fit.
We would meet at the Roger’s Rock Boat launch at 0900. Paddle northwest for a 30 minutes. Next, a review of systems and gear, and launch. Silas would climb with Casi, Michelle, and Bronwyn. I had mixed emotions. They have always been mine. I was going to climb with Heather, LouAnn, and Trish. Turns out they’re pretty cool too.
Rack up. Lead. Build anchors. Manage 600′ of rope. Get after it.
So, we sent it! A quick paddle with an overloaded canoe back to the launch, and like that, it was over. High fives, hugs, and seeds planted for next time!
Roger’s Rock History:
“The 1758 Battle on Snowshoes occurred on March 13, 1758, during the French and Indian War. It was fought by members of British Ranger companies led by Robert Rogers against French troops and Indians allied to France. The battle took place near Lake George, now in northern New York, but then in the frontier area between the British province of New York and the French province of Canada. The battle was given its name because the British combatants were wearing snowshoes.
Rogers led a band of about 180 rangers and regulars out to scout French positions. The French commander at Fort Carillon had been alerted to their movement, and sent a force consisting mostly of Indians to meet them. In fierce fighting, the British troop was nearly destroyed, with more than 120 casualties. The French believed that Rogers was killed in this action, as he was forced to abandon his regimental jacket, which contained his commission papers, during his escape from the scene.
This battle gave rise to the tale that Rogers escaped capture by sliding 400 feet (120 m) down a rockface to the frozen surface of Lake George. That rock is now known as Rogers Rock or Rogers Slide.” -Wikipedia
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