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Title: The Ballad of Holts Ledge (Author Unknown)
Post by: Old Mans Ghost on January 29, 2018, 10:24:09 PM
It was many years ago that we first tramped through the snow
To the ledges out behind the Skiway slopes.
Miles from any town, there was no one else around
As we climbed and sang and dangled from our ropes.

It wasn’t very long ‘til the dozers came along
Carved out a road, can you believe their nerve?
They lined up ugly houses and sold them all to louses
Who thought it was a wilderness preserve.

But at night the snow guns sprayed and the Skidoos whined all day
And logging trucks roared up and down the road.
And the land along the lane was posted but in vain
For the hardy climbers hiked up from below.

A couple with big mouths bought the southern Ledge Lane house.
Alpinists they claimed themselves to be.
But the holds were just too small and all they’d do was fall
‘Til the thought of scaling Holts just made them pee!

So the two devised a plan to create a climbing ban
On the very crag that we all held so dear.
With lies and fabrication they stopped our recreation
And sent us home to cry into our beer.

“These climbers must be punished! We cannot let this flourish!”
The nimbies and select board cast their votes.
“What message are we sending?  This fun must have an ending!
Let’s close the crag and chop off all the bolts!”

They’d come to understand that the town owned all the land
But not a one had really checked the plan.
When confronted with the knowledge that owner was the College
The Select Board stuck their heads into the sand.

So now you’ve heard my tale of how the Lymeys failed
To keep the evil climbing crowds away.
Though the Valley of the Lymer is still hostile to the climber
I guess the climbing bums are here to stay!
Title: Re: The Balled of Holts Ledge (Author Unknown)
Post by: Admin Al on January 29, 2018, 10:25:52 PM
well done, well done my man...
Title: Re: The Ballad of Holts Ledge (Author Unknown)
Post by: Old Mans Ghost on January 29, 2018, 10:28:45 PM
Not my work, but I'll pass on your comments.

Title: Re: The Ballad of Holts Ledge (Author Unknown)
Post by: RjBlake on January 30, 2018, 04:55:12 PM
Wait, is there new news? Does Dartmouth actually own the parcel in question?  If so, that'd be the cause for much rejoicing.

The access info on MP is very confusing (perhaps intentionally so), I was going to update it, but didn't wish to direct anyone that way while access issues are being resolved. It's not exactly secret though, given that there are road signs to the cliff these days...

Edit: Photo Link didn't work. Removed.



Title: Re: The Ballad of Holts Ledge (Author Unknown)
Post by: cwoodall on February 05, 2018, 12:27:38 PM
More info would be good :)
Title: Re: The Ballad of Holts Ledge (Author Unknown)
Post by: z.st.jules on February 13, 2018, 08:34:15 AM
So good.
Title: Re: The Ballad of Holts Ledge (Author Unknown)
Post by: JBro on September 18, 2018, 06:03:42 PM
Wait, is there new news? Does Dartmouth actually own the parcel in question?  If so, that'd be the cause for much rejoicing.

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/3126176/Darmouth-chops-25-stellar-climbs


Well that didn't turn out quite as expected...
Title: Re: The Ballad of Holts Ledge (Author Unknown)
Post by: Admin Al on February 07, 2019, 01:52:36 PM
Just noticed this... WOW, what a total bummer