Recently Joe and I went rock climbing down in the Chapel Pond Pass area, where we had the following multi-pitch itinerary: Prince, 5.7, 340 feet, Bob’s Knob Standard, 5.3, 840 feet, Regular Route, 5.5, 775 feet, and Weisner Route, 5.6, 335 feet.
Here is what actually happened. We started off with Prince. Since it was the first multi-pitch we had ever done, it made sense to try something with fixed belay anchors. Unfortunately we found that at each of the stations, at least one of the bolts was a spinner. So we were jumping in with both feet. The climb went well, cold by the end and a good rappel.
Things continued to go a little odd. We jumped onto Chapel Pond Slab the next day, firing up Bob’s Knob Standard to give us something light. That went well until we got past the 2nd pitch. We realized that we flew by the second belay standard for Bob’s Knob Standard, placing us smack onto the belay station for the Regular Route. At this point we decided that we might as well just go with it, and we finished up on the rest of the Regular Route. Fantastic climb, great experience getting 800 feet off the deck.
The next day we were on our way out of our campsite, which happens to be right beside Roaring Brook Falls. At this point, we had already done the climb we were planning for the day, the Upper Washbowl was closed due to peregrine falcon nesting, so it seemed like a decent idea to try firing up the route on Roaring Brook Falls.
The first half was great, the second half was a bushwhack. There was a great pool of water about halfway up, but then the normal route was pretty wet due to the time of year, so we did an alternate. Which was a bushwhack. Gross. I’d love to come back when it was drier so that we could do the normal route.
Anyways, here is some video highlights from the trip.