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General Climbing / Re: The Lost River Crags, Kinsman Notch
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General Climbing / Re: The Lost River Crags, Kinsman Notch
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General Climbing / The Lost River Crags, Kinsman Notch
« Last post by smartpig on Today at 05:14:37 PM »
I took a walk into the Lost River Crags in Kinsman Notch, last Saturday, to survey the damage done by the recent forrest fire. I ran into my old friends John Bain and Katherine Aldcott. All cliffs have been affected. There is still smoldering areas along the path. From the road there are two larger hot spots sending smoke up in the area.   My high point was at one of them, just after the Lower Patina Wall, where the fixed ropes begin, that lead up to the Upper Patina Wall. I did not go further as there was a considerable amount of trees either toppled from the roots being burnt out, or falling down from above. The other plume of smoke is coming from the base of the Neverland Area.
All trees up there must be closely consider as to grabbing onto to them because their roots are gone. If topping out on climbs expect unstable rocks and trees. You can see slab areas that you knew where lurking underneath the deadwood and snarled vegetation, now exposed, possibly yielding new routes. There are pockets of holes amongst the once hidden boulders, where the entire under duff has been burned away. There is a heavy layer of ash through out.

If anyone goes in there to climb be prepared for unstable beginnings and top outs. Bring anchor building materials, and closely inspect all fixed gear. Bring a saw to clear blow/burn down. Be sure to have a tarp to protect your rope from ash. Although, when pulling your rope, it may be unavoidable from getting it covered in soot and ash. Count on having to clean all your gear after climbing in there.

It is surreal to be in there.

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Ice & Winter Climbing / Re: Hardest New England "M" grade?
« Last post by on October 17, 2017, 07:34:24 AM »
You should check out the Fecalator in the Adirondacks. M10 and traditionally protected.. yikes!

Damn! Nice!
Gear Exchange / Re: Alpine, Rock, Hiking Backpacks - Deuter, Osprey, REI
« Last post by vegetationcontainer on October 15, 2017, 05:09:44 PM »
Do you still have the REI pack for sale?
Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Ice, alpine climbing pack
« Last post by vegetationcontainer on October 15, 2017, 05:02:46 PM »
Thumbs up on the Hyperlight 3400
Rock Climbing: Trad / Re: Last pitch of Goofer's Delight
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on October 14, 2017, 08:58:59 PM »
Did this again to finish a great day climbing all over the cliff... it really is super fun. Last move might be 5.7 but so well protected through-out. Check it out!

Rock Climbing: Trad / Last pitch of Goofer's Delight
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on October 13, 2017, 03:00:12 PM »
Got to climb this this morning shortly after sunrise. Thanks to JoeC for the effort in cleaning it. It is super fun 5.6 climbing on the Airation Buttress. Joe has plans to clean the first 5.10a pitch as well but in the mean time if you want to climb some super fun exposed 5.6 on Cathedral here's the beta;

Rap in off the furthest right solid looking tree (use a cord & biner's, no fixed anchor) to the double bolt station Joe recently replaced below Tabu. Pull rope then lead out right on a very positive but still slightly dirty in spots flake/crack. It eats up good gear. Double length on the pine tree below an alternative 5.8 corner finish then keep going right on the insanely positive flake until you join up with the very last move of Camber, probably this last move is 5.6, otherwise I'd put the rest at closer to 5.5.

Double .75, 1, and 2 can be used but not necessary if you are comfortable at the grade... and the gear anchor above Camber can easily eat two #2's if you like....

It's really a fun pitch and I hope it sees some traffic and stays clean. It's the crack system on the right side of this photo:

You can see the 5.8 direct finish splitting off from where the pine tree is. I'll try that next time.
Smear is out of the business but he was the best! He's on here and hopefully will chime in with a suggestion
Epics and Accidents / Re: Sad
« Last post by Admin Al on October 12, 2017, 11:06:43 PM »
very very ver sad on so many levels...

FWIW he is Michael Kennedy's son
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