We spent the fall rock-climbing in the Northeast. We started with the Adirondacks at the end of August, drove to Acadia National Park mid-September, then spent most of October in North Conway, climbing primarily at Cathedral and Whitehorse ledges, but also at Cannon Mountain on a couple of occasions.
Anything in red on the map below can be "clicked" on for a summary report and related photographs.
For the most part, we enjoyed our experience in the Northeast. However, we never felt like the quality of the climbing was on par with some of the better areas in the US. Still, a worthwile destination, especially in the fall, when the turning leaves add another dimension to the experience.
One of the more difficult aspects of our travels in this region was finding appropriate parking for the bus. It was a constant worry and hassle. The lack of federal land drove us to use every trick we've learned over years as full-time road-trippers. Even then, when we did find a seemingly suitable place, we would generally end up being visited by the local police and asked to leave. And of course, the knock on the door usually came in the middle of the night... We even got kicked out from the Wal-Mart parking lot in North Conway! We've never had much of these types of difficulties out west. Anyway, you'd be better off with a tent or a small camper van if you want to dirt bag in this part of the country!
|Parked for the night at a roadside pullout in the Adirondacks.|
|Lucie leading the classic 60ft traverse of "The El" at Pitchoff Chimney Cliff (Adirondacks).|
|The tyrolean traverse is part of the experience when climbing at Moss Cliff (Adirondacks).|
|On the first pitch of "Hesitation" at Upper Washbowl Cliff (Adirondacks).|
|Sign on the Kancamagus Hway, NH. Never got to see a moose in NH though...|
|The very clean, thin corner of "Solemnity Book" at Cathedral Ledge, NH.|
|Views from "Recom-Beast", another Cathedral classic.|
|Eric leading the wild roof pitch of "Atlantis" at Whitehorse Ledge, NH.|
|Fall foliage from the top of Whitehorse Ledge.|
|Cannon Mountain offers more alpine outings, such as "The Whitney- Gilman", "Moby Grape", and "Vertigo".|
|Lucie on the striking arete of the classic "Whitney-Gilman".|
|Eric on the third pitch of "Vertigo".|
Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks and NH