Between the Hammer and the Anvil

Years ago there was a photo of Rob Frost under the first roof at the crux published in a climbing magazine.  I have met Rob, and he’s a monster when it comes to climbing.  The photo makes the route look pretty damn hard.

The Thor’s Hammer is an ancient Norse symbol. In Norse mythology, Thor is the god of thunder and his hammer, called the Mjölnir,  has the power of lightning. It is also the name of a badass rock climb at East Peak in Central Connecticut. Furious fist jams, big lay backs, physical climbing, and a chimney characterize what is likely the best 5.9 in Connecticut.  That’s a bold statement, but I’ve done almost all of the good ones around here.  Just remember, 5.9 around here can be rowdy.

I hadn’t been on the route in probably 8 years, and I had only done it once. When a subtle change in plans forced a different venue, the questions became “what do you have for big cams in your car?” We had the right posse, the right level of stoke, and almost enough big cams.

As it turns out, it was as challenging as I remembered.  Move quickly, be precise, and avoid the anvil. I can’t wait to go back.

 

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