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Events & Announcements / Friends of the Ledges spring cliff clean up
« Last post by sgarlick on April 26, 2016, 01:57:40 PM »
Hi everyone:

As many of you know, we've been working on building a new climbing stewardship organization in the North Conway area called Friends of the Ledges.

This spring we are planning our second annual spring clean-up at Cathedral and Whitehorse ledges, see info below. Please join us! We're focusing on trail work and cleaning up any litter from the winter as we found last year, this early-season work day is a nice complement to the annual Mountain Rescue Service cliff clean-up that takes place toward the end of the season.

For more information about Friends of the Ledges, right now most info is being posted on our Facebook page: We're working on updating our website and our email sign-up list coming soon. If you have questions, comments, ideas, etc., feel free to email me directly: or

Best wishes from a snowy spring day in North Conway,

1:00 PM
Meet at the kiosk at Cathedral Ledge

It's that time of year where our beloved cliffs need a little TLC. All are welcome, and please invite others. A casual BYO-everything cook-out (drink, chips, food for the grill) will follow in the early evening at the kiosk area at the base of Cathedral (or head to Flatbread for plan B rainy day scenerio). Should be great afternoon!

Clean Up Objectives are (and they are subject to change):
  • Second coat of paint on the blazes for the approach trails.
  • Take down the signs marking the approach trails and paint.
  • Replace missing approach signs (if supplied by State Park).
  • Spruce up the kiosk with a fresh coat of paint.
  • Leaf blow/raking of trails where needed.
  • Picking up any trash from winter.
  • If someone was ambitious, we could reblaze the Bryce path.

Please wear proper work attire and work gloves of your choice.

Friends Of The Ledges is a climbing stewardship organization in the eastern White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine.
Partner Exchange / Re: Thursday 4/28
« Last post by Jeff on April 26, 2016, 01:32:08 PM »
 TC- sent a pm- Jeff
New Rock Routes / Re: The Artful Dodger (5.11b), The Painted Walls.
« Last post by Grant Simmons on April 26, 2016, 11:03:26 AM »
The MP description breaks down the individual pitches, but Pitch 1 is the crux pitch.  It's fairly sustained for the first half of the pitch, then there's a good rest and one more cruxy bit.  The pitch 2 traverse is 10d.

The grades are all still pretty rough and I'm anxious to hear what others have to say.  That said, I'm aware of the fact that repeats could be few and far between due to the route's location.

Strandman, you're exactly right, lots of good rock with some seriously rotten stuff mixed in.  It's pretty crumbly at the beginning...  I cleaned and cleaned, but I'm sure each ascent will take a few more grains of rotten granite with it. 

I've looked both left and right, and I'm pretty intrigued.
New Rock Routes / Re: The Artful Dodger (5.11b), The Painted Walls.
« Last post by strandman on April 26, 2016, 10:58:16 AM »
Nice... is it the typical painted, chunk rock at the start ?  Lot's of good rock there with shit sections mixed in.  The first pitch of Straits is a quality 5.9 (the rest sucks), so you can get a couple of nice pitches in.

Have you checked out to the right ? ;)
New Rock Routes / Re: The Artful Dodger (5.11b), The Painted Walls.
« Last post by Admin Al on April 26, 2016, 10:37:05 AM »
looks cool... MP only rates the overall climb, what is the rating on P1? where is the crux?
New Rock Routes / Re: Birthday Boy: 5.9 Mt Forist
« Last post by Admin Al on April 26, 2016, 10:34:00 AM »
I bet some more traffic will clean up the "crispy" sections nicely

I'm sure...
Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Child Carrier
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on April 26, 2016, 09:43:51 AM »
Awesome! Hope you get some great hikes with it! Post up on your first real hike and let us know how it went!
New Rock Routes / The Artful Dodger (5.11b), The Painted Walls.
« Last post by Grant Simmons on April 26, 2016, 09:34:19 AM »
Full description here:

The route unfortunately starts out with a bit of choss, but that is easily forgotten as soon as you get past the 3rd bolt on Pitch 1.  All the climbing above is on great rock.  Well worth climbing if you are in the area.
Climbing Gear Q & A / Re: Child Carrier
« Last post by Further on April 26, 2016, 08:15:20 AM »
Went to our local EMS this past weekend. Tried her in a couple Deuters and the Osprey. Ended up ordering the Osprey Poco AG Plus - don't really need the detachable daypack in the Premier, but the extra storage in the Plus vs. the vanilla Poco AG will be useful for longer hikes.

If the sedan chair is too much for Strand's help, perhaps a rickshaw.
Partner Exchange / Thursday 4/28
« Last post by TC on April 26, 2016, 07:45:10 AM »
Anyone interested in climbing moderate trad or sport on Thursday?  Rumney, Longstack, Humphrey's, etc.  Open to other ideas. 
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