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General Climbing / Re: Thin air bees
« Last post by frik on September 20, 2017, 12:47:09 PM »
Ya nothin' teaches manners like rednecks shootin' guns.
General Climbing / Re: Thin air bees
« Last post by pappy on September 19, 2017, 11:19:18 PM »
When first saw the topic title I thought it was going to be about the insidious UAV's (drones, quadcopter, whatever) that I have been noticing flying around Cathedral on the weekends. Three of the past four times I've climbed there I have been distracted by what sounds like a swarm of hornets circling around me while climbing or hanging out at the belay. I can't be the only person who finds this incredibly annoying, if not slightly dangerous - I've had a few come to hover with 30' of me while half way up the wall. That and I really don't appreciate the thought of having a photo/video taken without my consent. Okay, rant over.

This would be incredibly intrusive even if it weren't potentially dangerous. Best not try this down South, as my redneck buddies (and me, for that matter) would take this as an invitation for some skeet shooting practice (And yes, a .45 is often considered a required piece on a trad climber's rack). Maybe a few thousand dollar toys corkscrewing into the ground would teach some manners.
Epics and Accidents / climbing death in Bolton, Vermont
« Last post by Nick Grant on September 19, 2017, 09:52:30 PM »
Many of you must have seen the reports of the death on Saturday (9/16) of 20-year-old Rebecca Ryan, a UVM student who was climbing in Bolton, VT.  It sounds as if she must have been rapping off when the accident happened.  The details are thin at this point.
General Climbing / Re: Deliberately sabotaged anchors?
« Last post by M_Sprague on September 18, 2017, 08:52:58 PM »
I think at least some of the spots have relatively  popular trails running over the tops. From the descriptions, I am inclined to think it may be kids with a knife screwing around and probably not realizing what they are messing with. The suggestion from Jeff's friend makes sense though to me if they do in fact get iced up.
General Climbing / Re: Heather, Airation Buttress
« Last post by HangingChad on September 18, 2017, 07:09:07 PM »
Rumor has it he also pounded it in with his fist.  The forces likely mangled the pin, which would make it prime for replacement. 
Lost & Found / nut tool and biner found under Vertigo on 9/17
« Last post by maznev on September 18, 2017, 06:58:46 PM »
A nut tool and biner have been found at the base of Cannon cliff under White Iceberg, probably dropped from the top part of Vertigo.
General Climbing / Re: Heather, Airation Buttress
« Last post by krankonthis on September 18, 2017, 05:47:23 PM »
Joey Granite placed it free soloing it in the rain to make sure everyone knew he had done it.
The expert trail builders from the Access Fund are spending time at Cathedral Ledge and they need our help!

Main event details:
-Saturday, Sept. 23
-9:00 am to 3:00 pm
-The North End area at Cathedral Ledge, North Conway, NH
-Bring work gloves & lunch we'll provide tools & equipment

We are seeking a group of volunteers to join the Access Fund's Conservation Teams and help complete a project to shore up the eroding slopes at the North End area of Cathedral Ledge. This will continue the efforts that began last year near the base of They Died Laughing.

Additionally, between now and Sept. 23, rain or shine, the Access Fund Conservation Teams will be working at the North End most days. If you'd like to lend a hand between now and 9/23, they'd be glad to have the help, please email: or call 614-563-1883 to let them know you're coming. Or if you happen to be climbing in the area and have an hour or two to spare, please stop by.

Thank you to the Access Fund and Sterling Rope for supporting this project. For more information, please view the Facebook event page or Friends of the Ledges website:
General Climbing / Re: Thin air bees
« Last post by powdergibbs on September 18, 2017, 09:39:04 AM »
Having been hearing about the notorious amount of bees you can imagine my surprise on the traverse when I heard what sounded like a swarm. I got a good stance and hoped for the best...except I didnt see any bees. Sure enough-drone. While the videos look awesome-this is not the type of activity climbers need distraction from. Granted I was up there at a low traffic time, but try not to hover over my head unless you're going to send photos.
General Climbing / Heather, Airation Buttress
« Last post by HangingChad on September 17, 2017, 08:36:12 PM »
Does anyone know when the last time the pin on Heather was replaced? 
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