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Author Topic: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!  (Read 718 times)

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Just a quick post to say if you have not checked out the New Durham area yet it is well worth the effort.  Quality rock and quality climbing.  The routes we checked out Sunday afternoon at Longstack were excellent.  True to grade and descriptions in the guide book were pretty much spot on.  Bugs were not bad until dark. 

Safety note - There is a football sized block at the top of the small right facing corner / flake (kind of small to calla corner?) of The Way Back Machine that needs to be trundled.  I will go back as soon as I can and do it if no one else does first but I cannot get there this week.  A busy Sunday afternoon was not the time to be do it.

At the very end of the corner / flake there is a great left hand jug and what looks like a perfect pocket for .5 cam but when I gave the cam a test pull it easily pulled the block out almost half way.   :-\  Not wanting to dump it on my partner or anyone else I put it back after warning my partner to avoid it.

Just and FYI.

The place is really cool and well done.  Look forward to a return trip.   

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Re: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2013, 07:04:14 AM »

I gotta get down there soon...road trip!
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Re: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2013, 11:49:05 AM »

Hey marklynch, how were the bees? A friend was there a while back and said there were a lot of bees.... He backed off and down climbed after sticking his hand in a crack with the nest... Heading there this weekend!!!! Love that crag :). Al, you really are missing out :)
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Re: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2013, 12:29:20 PM »

Al, you really are missing out :)

I know I know I know... as soon as I get a couple of days off.
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Re: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2013, 03:54:50 PM »

Hey marklynch, how were the bees? A friend was there a while back and said there were a lot of bees.... He backed off and down climbed after sticking his hand in a crack with the nest... Heading there this weekend!!!! Love that crag :). Al, you really are missing out :)

My partner did find a small wasp nest next to toltec dream but no troubles because it was off route.  He did mention that the place has a rep for lots of yellow jackets but we did not experience that.  Maybe not enough yet?!  They might be an issue later in season - hard tellin not knowin?! 

Poison ivy for sure!  Careful.

Enjoy - really nice route development and vibe.  Go and you will enjoy!
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Re: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2013, 05:01:35 PM »

I gotta get down there soon...road trip!

Road trip?  Do you drive that far Al, it must be a whole hour away.   Almost like going to another country.   Do they speak English there? :P
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Re: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2013, 10:14:32 PM »

nah ward, they only speak chino....babble between slugs of 20oz pbr.
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Re: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2013, 11:23:51 AM »

LOL

I gotta get down there soon...road trip!

Road trip?  Do you drive that far Al, it must be a whole hour away.   Almost like going to another country.   Do they speak English there? :P
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Re: New Durham area - two thumbs up! And important safety note!
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2013, 04:13:31 PM »

there are only a few patches of PI at longstack. the worst being on the left end of the cliff near tardis and onslaught... A few brave souls have started to remove it!
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