The title of this post will hopefully become obvious as you begin to read. This summer went incredibly fast, much faster than normal. This was a summer unlike any other. This was a summer in which I truly felt as if I entered into a new season in my life. It was a summer in which I purposely stepped outside my conform zone. It was a summer in which I actively sought new adventures. It was summer I won’t soon forget.
The summer began with a trip to New Paltz, NY. There you will find some of the best climbing in the Northeast at the Gunks. There you can also find a wonderful little lady named Jannette, or as we affectionately call her @cliffmama. Here, I got a small taste of what the summer was going to bring. You can read a little bit about it in this post: http://theinspiredclimb.com/back-to-climbing-and-writing/
Have you ever heard of Rumney, NH? That’s where I went next. It was there that I climbed with some awesome people like @jillianlaura and @rocketkid486 and of course @cliffmama. Rumney is a sport climbing Mecca in the Northeast, and it was amazing. You can read a little but about the adventure in this post: http://theinspiredclimb.com/adventure-time/
Getting tired yet? well hold on because then it was off to Germany! I’m not going to say much about it here other than it was amazing. If you want to read all about it I cover it in these 3 posts:
Now, getting back to the title. My path this summer was far and winding and it has ended on a high note. I am writing this post as I sit overlooking Penobscot Bay in Northport, ME. This final week of August has been spent the same way we have for many years, relaxing on the rocky coast of Maine. There are so many wonderful things about Maine and it truly has a special place in my heart. This is where climbing began for me and this is where I finished my summer of adventure.
I’m not ready to lead yet and certainly not ready to lead in a location such as Acadia National Park, so, as I did last year, I hired a AMGA Guide and he took Jack and I to Acadia for climbing this past week. It was spectacular.
There’s lots of places to climb in Acadia, each with some pretty spectacular views, but nothing beats Otter Cliffs. The views are simply amazing. The cliffs are at the sea, so you are literally climbing above the ocean. You can see what I saw in some of the pictures below. Now onto some of the details.
Jack on Wonder Wall Right
First off, belay is always from the top. There are no bolts in these cliffs as far as I know, and no bolts or lower offs on the top so top rope actors are a must. Easily built with a combination of cams and some natural anchors. Once the top rope anchors were in place, our guide Ryan setup a second static rope for rappel. He set up a great system. We would tie in to the climbing rope, which he had on belay with a grigri, then we would connect into the rappel line as well with our ATC. As we would rappel off, he would also let out the climbing rope. If anything happened on rappel, he could easily catch/stop us with the belay. We did this setup for all of our climbs.
The first route we did was a route called “Wonder Wall Right” it’s a 5.7 and hence the name of my post If you don’t get the music reference then I just don’t know what to say. The route has a little bit of a tricky start because there’s a small roof at the very bottom that you have to pull over. After that the movement is pretty free. Lot’s really fun moves and pretty comfortable climbing. Stopping halfway up to take in the scenery is a must.
Looking down into "Great Chimney"
The second route we climbed was classic called “Great Chimney”. You see this particular route featured a lot. It looks pretty amazing when you are watching someone climbing it, but I gotta say I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I don’t like chimney’s. I always feel too constrained. Maybe it’s my long legs, but I just never comfortable, and this was no exception. This is still a classic and a route not to be missed, and if you like chimneys, you’ll love it.
The final route of the day was called “Overhanging Corner”. An really fun 5.7 that from the look of it appears harder than it actually is. The movement is so awesome on it and there’s this mystery move that you need to make that will make all the difference on the climb. I won’t tell you what that move is because I don’t want to spoil it.
After we wrapped up with the climbing portion of the day, we hiked up South Bubble to enjoy the views of Acadia. Jack even tried to push Bubble Rock over…no luck.