If you were in the atlantic northeast this weekend and you didn't get outside, you missed out big time. It was a perfect weekend to go outside and explore. Larisa and I took the opportunity to miss the crowds and enjoy this beautiful 85-degree weather in the White Mountains. It was a blast.
Saturday, despite Larisa's initial hesitation about climbing outside (having mostly indoor experience), we headed up to Rumney to get a few climbs in and kick off the season.
As second year climbers, this season is going to be an exciting time where many new opportunities are within our comfort zone. Last year we've visited Rumney a couple of times, but having little experience with lead climbing and climbing outside, the nerves were on the edge, and climbing outside seemed scary and complex.
Last year, I've came to the crag without any route guides or information, climbing purely based on the look of the route - didn't work out well. This time around, I've came prepared with a few pages from the Ward Smith's Rumney guide - thanks to my friend Sharon who so kindly provided them to me. I've been trying to purchase the entire book myself, but as most people know, it's been out of print and is very hard to come by. The pages from the book were extremely instrumental in guiding us to the routes that we knew we could climb, and providing useful description about the condition of the routes.
Since this visit was our first real foray into outdoor climbing after getting quite a bit of indoor practice this winter - we decided to not push our nerves and go with 7's and 8's which we felt comfortable with.