North Conway, NH to New Paltz, NY

October 21-26, 2008

After three weeks climbing at Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges near North Conway, NH, we head South to the Gunks. We stop on our way at Rumney, the premier sport climbing venue in the Northeast, located near the small college town of Plymouth, NH. Very popular and crowded crag. We climb a few routes there, but basically hate the place. Steep jug pulls on very uninspiring rock. Our guidebook - "Rock Climbing New England" does not have all the routes, which does not help (the specific guide for the area is out of print). Let's face it, we are not sport climbers.

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Stopping along the way in Plymouth, NH to sample the climbing at Rumney.
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Clipping bolts at Rumney, the most popular sport climbing area in the Northeast...
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... not sure why. We didn't like the place at all. Crowded parking lot on a weekday.
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One more for our collection of "NO" signs of the Northeast.
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Nice farm and campground near the crag.

While in Plymouth, we also manage to find a place to stay in Quebec for this winter (thanks to the allmighty internet). That's a relief. This was high on our "to do" list. We find it on Craig's list. The small appartment is right on the busiest street of the old Town and looks really cute based the pictures we've seen. The current occupant is looking to sublease for the winter season, and her dates are an almost perfect match with ours.

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Driving through Lebanon on our way to New Paltz.
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Leaves are already on their way out in these parts.
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Almost there.
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The funky little town of New Paltz.
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The Shawangunks cliffs in the horizon.

On October 25, we leave for the Gunks late afternoon. We make it to New Paltz the next day.