Spring Climbing in Rumney – Before the Bugs!

After all the excitement of the wedding, Sarah and I met a few friends up in Rumney, New Hampshire for some rock climbing. We had climbed there before, but it had been about 5 years for both of us since climbing at Rumney.  As far as New England sport climbing goes, Rumney is definitely the place to be.  Not only are the climbs really good, but there is a great range of difficulty, length, angle and exposure.  To make it even better, we managed to have good weather and to avoid the terrible black flies.

The first day (Sunday) I was like a horse out of its gate, climbing as much as I could as quick as possible.  We only had a half day so I wanted to make the best use of it.  I managed to get on some old projects (5 years old) and did Storm Troopers (5.12c) on my second try.  Definitely a fun route, but sort of a one move wonder. 

That night we stayed at a really neat place that I highly recommend for climbers in that area.  There has always been a shortage of good places to camp or stay around Rumney, but D Acres is only a 15 minute drive, and provides a wide range of accommodations from just a place to roll out a pad and a bag to a private room, shower, and a home cooked meal.  The food was really good!   And it’s an organic farm and hostel, so it’s good for you and the planet.

Monday started a bit slower.  We went to two new crags for Sarah and I, the Hinterlands and the Prudential cliff.  Both were smaller collections of routes, but definitely really good climbing.  Not to mention the great view you get from these higher crags.  On the way down to the lower crags, we stopped at the Triple Corners crag to do “The Man With The Hueco In His Tights”, a really interesting climb that reminded me a lot of climbing in Red River Gorge.

Dax Climbing in Rumney. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

 Overall the trip was really fun.  It was great to get back to Rumney and to have a few days after the wedding that were a bit more relaxed and low key.   We also had a great time climbing with new friends and seeing old ones.

One last shot for the road.

 Wildflowers in Rumney. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

~ by cruxphoto on May 16, 2008.

4 Responses to “Spring Climbing in Rumney – Before the Bugs!”

  1. Great photo of the columbine – I love the focus on the blossom that has bloomed – with the background out of focus

    Thanks for posting the photos


  2. Great shots Nate, especially the Columbine I am a sucker for wildflowers you know !!

    Are you talking about the Red River Gorge in Kentucky ?

    My sister just bought a farm near there and I just visited the area over the weekend, it is a beautiful place !!

  3. Bernie, I am talking about Red River in Kentucky. That is a beautiful area! It’s one of the first places I learned to climb outside. You are very lucky to have Red River Gorge as a place to visit family.
    It’s a great place to learn to climb!

  4. I friend of mine just told me about Rumney and raved about the climbing there. I hope I get the chance to check it out someday. Thanks for the writeup.

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