Not ‘Called on a Account of Rain(s)’

March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Not only did we not climb ‘Called on Account of Rains’ At Lake Willoughby, but we also did not cancel our climbing due to the rains that took over the state this weekend. I have climbed with Jerry several times in the past and was looking forward to the weekend, rain or shine. We decided on Frankenstein in Crawford Notch for Saturday. We warmed up on a steep thin curtain to the right of Standard Route, then traversed in to the upper pitches of the Penguin. The penguin offered steep, seemingly overhanging hooks and stemming. Felt a lot like rock climbing, but was a lot of fun. Then after a quick walk down we climbed the steeper lower section of Standard Left under a constant drizzle. We quickly rappelled off and walked over to the amphitheatre, and up to Pegasus. We had climbed this on our last outing, but this time took a different line. Another walk down in the rain and it was back to the cars this time.

Jerry Topping out The Penguin

Jerry mid-route on Standard Left

Jerry through the crux on Pegasus

On Sunday Jerry and I headed to the Flume, hoping the trees overhead would provide some shelter from the downpour. No luck… but we climbed anyway. We were able to get 4 quick pitches in before noon. Getting out of the gorge proved to be the most tricky part of the day, having to toss our packs across one collapsed snow bridge and climb around the raging torrent. CAUTION: The ice floor in the FLUME is in my opinion possibly compromised and a bit unstable come cold weather and less rain is needed before venturing in there for a bit.

Seeking Shelter from the Storm in our Cave

Jerry finishing up the final curtain

Thanks Jerry for a great weekend of climbing!

RJ
MMG

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