Last weekend we climbed in Pinkham Notch at Square Ledge. This climbing location is excellent for beginners as it offers several routes in the 5.4-5.6 range for 130′. It also hosts a few harder and shorter routes. Square Ledge not only has great moderate climbing but some of the best views in the area. You can’t help but stare directly at Mt. Washington when you look out from the top. We met our group of climbers at the Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering and we instantly knew it would be a fun day on the cliffs! The group of three was comprised of blogger Emily Mahlman (The Great Wide Open) and her two friends Laurie and Eleanor. They came to test out rock climbing first hand and ultimately blog about their experience. Their enthusiasm was contagious and we chatted the entire hike in (and out for that matter). We set up the top-rope and Emily took her first trip up the cliff. She did great and reached the top without much of a problem. While Vincent managed things below, I rappelled from the top to photograph them as they climbed for future use on Emily’s blog. The girls enjoyed several more climbs up the cliff taking breaks only to eat lunch and have some laughs. They certainly kept Vincent and I entertained throughout the day. After breaking down the top-ropes, we headed back to the bunkhouse to drop off our gear before heading down to the Woodstock Inn for some brews and dinner. NEM would like to thank these woman for taking the leap and trying something new and selecting NEM to guide them. We look forward to taking them across Franconia Ridge in August!
We are also excited to offer some new summertime adventures. Stay tuned for more info!