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!

The U.S. in One Big Road Trip


We have our backpacking, climbing, cycling and skiing gear ready to go for our U.S. road trip (and a bit of Canada, eh?). My brother, Evan, and I are embarking on our cross-country adventure to check out our top picks of National Parks. We have no time limit, no pressing deadlines and definitely no hotel reservations (hello, funemployed and newly graduated). Check out the map and follow my posts to stay up to date on our weekly progress—the car leaves this weekend!

The Route:

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