Rumney (Maybe) Rocks

10 year anniversary of the bombing in New York.

We went climbing today in Rumney.  Met some cool people in the parking areas and learned about the climbs.  There was a guy sitting across from us in the parking lot the entire time, just watching everyone talking.  He finally came up to us, saying he was hoping to meet his friends that day but it didn’t look like they were showing, would we mind climbing together?  We said that would be fine, but that we were really looking to get on as many climbs as possible since it had been a while for us and we just wanted to do laps on easy routes.

Joseph (we learned his name during introductions) seemed to have a really great knowledge of the area.  We let him know that we didn’t think we’d be able to climb anything difficult because it’d been so long.  Well that was an understatement.  We went up a 5.3 to get to Crow’s Nest, which was fine.  Then Steve had a hard time on a 5.9/5.10 which he didn’t finish; this frustrated him, understandably.  We looked for something easier and found a 5.6 which I led.  It had a crack and an overhang with a pumpy move, so I opted to go left of the crack.  It was a far reach and I would have decked if I had stayed with the bolts or fell with the option I took, but my option was a bit more manageable for me though it still took a while.  Finally got clipped into the bolt and finished the climb. It did not feel like a 5.6.

We did another 5.6, a chimney, with really fun maneuvers. It was a little tricky, but easier than the previous 5.6.  No falls on either, but I didn’t like leading the 1st and don’t have enough experience in chimneys to lead them.

We hiked around for something for Joseph to get on that was more challenging, but all the places he watned to climb were wet, so it was a lot of steep, sketchy hiking an dno climbing, though we did get to see some amazing spots.  For example, we saw the 1st 5.15 in the world, and the classic 5.13d route that you see photographed so often- a promontory jutting out from the cliff with a climber hanging by one hand near the end of the route. This is the actual move that you must make (supposedly) to completely the climb. No thanks, but awesome.

Anyway, feeling very frustrated about our demise in climbing ability. Steve was very frustrated that we had spent all day hiking and not just doing a bunch of climbs like we had wanted to do.  I made a good dinner to make up for it- handmade meatballs with cheese perogies and a bunch of seasonings.  Bouldering tomorrow.

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