Known more for Tough Schist than Family Friendly 5.Funs, Vermont poses a challenge for “mortal climbers” looking to get out and explore. Needless to say, when we heard a few whispers of a multi-pitch, sport, 5.fun ascending some of the best rock in Vermont, we had to go sniff it out. Working off our knowledge of the area from our trip to Valhalla, we started bushwhacking in what seemed like the right direction. Nearly two hours later we got a view of the crag. Is it really still that far away? Sigh…
The humidity was viscous, the bugs were blood-sucking, the trail was non-existant, and the scree-field leading up to the crag was awful. We did however find a nice hut to cool down in for a minute. Thank goodness!
Finally the climbing started! I lead the first pitch to a belay station with a view… and a hatch of bugs! Hooray! Christian follows.
From there we swapped roles, and Christian took over leading duties on pitch 2.
Don’t worry, he’s locked off.
At the top of the second pitch we were tired, hot, sweaty and bug-bitten. But the climbing was GREAT! That’s what I call a family-friendly-five-fun.
“Are we having five-fun yet?”
We rapped to the base, and as soon as we touched down, began the lovely task of re-bushwacking several hours to the car. The requisite dip in the river once we returned to civilization has never felt so nice!
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