Prepping for the Crag: Rumney, NH Edition

My arms are more floppy than a spaghetti noodle left in boiling water for too long and my climbing gear bag looks like that of a person going on a small walk in a city park. So, do I sound prepared for a weekend climbing trip in Rumney, NH or what? Regardless of my lack of muscle or gear, I’m amped to get back to climbing after not putting my hands on rocks for about a year (or more). If you happened to read my previous post, it doesn’t matter your skill level as long as you have awesome friends who are willing to help you out and have fun. These friends also happen to be beasts at climbing and blogging (hello, Senderella Story. Hit up her blog for how to get amazing at climbing while still being a stable, working adult). Check out the details below, and prepare yourself for next week’s recap post. I’m sure I’ll embarrass myself somehow, and I promise to give you the full exposé.


Rumney Climbing

It’s a huge place for sport climbing in the Northeast (sport climbing is where there are set bolts already in the wall so you don’t have to trust yourself with placing an anchor). The routes are mostly around Rattlesnake Mountain, which also happens to be very close to Mount Moosilauke (the first mountain in the Whites for NOBOs on the Appalachian Trail). I might get emotional about being that close to the AT.

Luckily for me, the routes range from a low 5.3 to a high 5.15. So, my friends can enjoy insane routes while I happily go up the easier routes. Take a look at Mike Bowsher’s article on Rumney climbing for the extra details.



Climbing Grades/Ratings (aka the “5 point whatever”)

The Sierra Trading Post defines climbing grades: “The American system of climbing grades is based off the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS), which ranges from class 1 (hiking) to class 5 (technical rock climbing) with the class 5 being divided into difficulty grades from 5.0 to the current highest grade in the world: 5.15.” So, if you’re rock climbing, the first number will always be a 5. The number after the decimal point tells you how difficult the rock climbing route is.


Senderella’s Crag Essentials

Senderella knows what to bring to the crag whether it be Pabst, quickdraws or anything in between. After climbing for four years, the gear list is pretty on point. Take a look below for what you’ll need on a weekend climb trip:

Kelty 3p Tent
Exped megamat 10
Exped megamat 10 duo
Big Agnes 14◦ – M
Big Agnes 14◦ – F
Camp Sheets
Camp Blanket
Camp Pillows
Hammock 1
Hammock Straps
Hammock Rain Fly


BD Orange 18cm quickdraw
Petzl Djinn Axess 12 cm quickdraw
Mammut Bionic Express 12 cm quickdraw
Petzl Spirit Locking Carabiner
Black Diamond RockLock Screwgate Carabiner
Petzl Arial 70M rope – RED
Petzl Arial 70M rope – GOLD
Black Diamond Dynex Runner – RED
Black Diamond Dynex Runner – GOLD


Double Burner Camp Stove
Pocket Rocket
2L Camp Pot
11″ Non-Stock Camp Pan
Lid for non-stick camp pan
Rubber Fish Spatula – BLUE
Coleman Propane – GREEN
MSR Isopro 8oz – RED
BIC Lighter
Paper Towels
Aluminum Foil
Sea-to-Summit pop-up bowl
Sea-to-Summit pop-up cup
Sea-to-Summit utensil set
Sea-to-Summit pop-up mixing bowl

A note from Senderella:

Shoes: La Sportiva yellow men’s miura VS, La Sportiva Solutions for women.

In the picture with my Gregory pack is also my camp chair, REI Flex Lite, in which I sit and drink crag beers in. As well as my skincare kit (the pink bag) which has nail clippers, tape, band-aids and a file for callouses.
Also, I love Joshua tree climbing salve.
I always bring my notebook with me because I write down what I do every time I go climbing!
I would have a guidebook, typically, but Rumney doesn’t have one yet!

Top Places to Visit in Norway

This weekend I’m off to a land where most people don’t want to be this time of year–the land of the cold. Packing layers and donning sweaters is me in my element, though, so I couldn’t be more stoked. Plus, apparently there’s a whole town full of my relatives, so my mom and I are taking a soul-searching, life-affirming vacation to explore the depths of our familial history. Quite the emotions. So, in honor of our Norway trek, I decided to ask some awesome bloggers what their favorite spots are in Norway. I’ll learn something and you’ll learn something. Maybe you’ll find these places on your next trip:

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7 Things You Learn on a Long-Term Road Trip (LTRT)

As much as you think physically training for hikes is important, it’s not. Your most valuable asset is your mind. Fine tune that like it’s your job. So, to help you better prepare for your own trip, here are a few things to note if you want to be mentally prepared for a sweet adventure.


You Need a Killer Playlist

You think you have enough music to keep you jamming for miles after miles? You’re probably wrong. The playlist will repeat itself, and you will be stuck skipping every song since you’ve long grown tired of them. Pull together absolutely everything for this playlist. Those songs you only have as novelties, the songs you love to hate (eh hem, let’s be honest, Justin Bieber’s whole new-ish album) and the oldies you can’t help but sway with. Pro tip: don’t fear singing along because that is definitely what will keep you awake at the wheel on hour 12.


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Fin (Big Trip Days 45-56)

This is the “I had a case of the home-stretch lazies and didn’t write posts” post. So, here’s the truncated version of the last leg of our Big Trip. The gear review post will be coming soon, so stay updated if you’re interested in how things like our stove, tent and shoes worked out.

Day 43 and 44:

We popped into a family friend’s house in the ‘burbs of Toronto after I accidentally turned on the car alarm in the middle of the Canadian highway (you can’t win them all). From that base point, we took the train into the city for a day to catch the Hockey Hall of Fame and traipse around the lake shore. On our last evening in the ‘burbs, we got crafty and painted commemorative mugs (see below for the exclusive designs).

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