Let's Climb Outdoors this Week (the 7th, 8th, and/or 9th and on) in Lawrence, MA

It's supposed to be 57 on Wednesday, 68(!!!) on Thursday, and 58 on Friday. I believe the weather for the rest of the weekend is supposed to be decent as well. I've been climbing at a pretty decent outdoor spot, probably about 40ish' high, with about 10ish different anchors for top-roping. During the week, the person(s) I'm usually with and I are the only ones there. It's pretty awesome. My usual group's usual criteria for bearable (in regards to comfort) climbing is 45ish degrees when it's not windy, and 50ish when it's slightly windy. Basically, 57+ is an awesome temperature to climb outdoors at, and hopefully by at least Thursday, the bit of snow we accumulated will be melted. I'm looking to meet with anyone who'd be down to climb and has a rope and webbing. Extra locking biners and anchoring rope would be helpful. I have two locking biners and a bunch of non-locking ones, a quickdraw, my own harness, chalk bag, and shoes, and an ATC for belaying. I could find some anchoring rope for the belayer if there isn't any. We could switch off using my shoes if you have none and we're the sameish size. Send me a message or comment (I'm new to this site, don't know how it works) if some outdoor climbing this week at a non-busy/non-crowded park in unseasonably awesome weather interests you!

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  • Marya

    Also just wanted to reiterate that the Tuesday evening climbing group climbs all around the north of the Boston area, usually starting in April:
    http://www.rgrjr.com/tuesdaynightclimbing/
    If you check out the schedule you can see when they'll be at Den Rock. (This is last year's schedule still):
    http://www.rgrjr.com/climbing/tuesday-night.html

    March 9, 2012

  • Marya

    Thanks for suggesting this Emily, it worked out great! You might be interested in taking the AMC rock course: http://amcbostonclimbers.org/instruction_rock.shtml It's only open once a year, so now's your chance! However, they don't focus on climbing technique; the course is more about setting up your anchor safely outdoors, different kinds of knots, learning to rappel, etc. I took it last year, and found it really useful.

    March 9, 2012

  • Marya

    The weather was perfect for climbing, and we got a lot done! I'm totally psyched to be getting outdoors again!

    March 9, 2012

  • Emily

    I ran a little late, but thankfully there was another set of climbers there so Marya wasn't sitting around. Got some good climbs in and had fun! There was ample equipment between the three of us, got to have 2 routes set up at one time. We were climbing til about 6pm. Daylight savings soon, so next time we can climb til 7ish:)

    March 8, 2012

  • Emily

    Had fun and got some good climbs in:) Hopefully we can do this again soon guys!

    March 8, 2012

  • Emily

    Marya, running a little bit late:/ should be there for 2:30

    March 8, 2012

  • Marya

    Hi Bob! It's too bad you won't be there today. I did a lot of climbing with the Tuesday evening group last year; in fact I climbed at Den Rock a couple times with them. I may not climb with them so much this year, since I now live in Leominster, much further west. But I hope to get in once in a while. They start up in April.

    March 8, 2012

  • Bob

    Marya, thanks for the offer of the ride, but I am not going to climb today. Yes, the Andover station on the Haverhill line is the closest, in fact it is almost walkable! I saw that you had taken the AMC Rock Climbing course - I took that myself awhile ago - the mountaineering committee sponsors a Tuesday night climbing program - they don't have the current schedule up yet but the URL is www.rgrjr.com/climbing/tuesday-night.html

    March 8, 2012

  • Marya

    Andy, I've got your cell number. Someone will call if everyone takes off before you arrive! It looks like you can climb with Emily, at least. I'll probably still be there at 4:30, too.

    March 8, 2012

  • Andy

    I have a rope, webbing, harness, shoes and plenty of locking 'biners. I just need a partner who's willing to stick around. See you this afternoon. Please call my cell if you do decide to call things off early. I wouldn't want to show up and find the crags deserted.

    March 8, 2012

  • Emily

    Yeah, there are more than five bolt sets at the cliff tops. Andy, I'll most likely stay past 4:30 if you have a rope, webbing, and extra locking biners. Otherwise we'll be free soloing. Jk. Also, theres another person named Kate from another group who said that she'd be coming along, but she has no equipment. She's my size and shoe size though, so I could switch off my harness and shoes with her. I'm not sure about Bob either.

    March 8, 2012

  • Marya

    Andy, I might be leaving around when you're arriving, so it's good you've got a rope. The only routes I've climbed at Den Rock have bolts at the top for anchors and require only short slings, but I will have extra webbing with me, anyway. I haven't had any contact with Bob .... I don't know if he's planning on being there.

    March 8, 2012

  • Andy

    Hey folks,
    I'll definitely still be at the office at 2:00. My plan is to duck out of work a little early and swing by at around 4:30, hoping to climb until dark. I'll bring a 2nd rope. Boston Rocks guide book suggests bringing longer pieces of webbing if available (larger trees are somewhat set back from cliff top). I can pick up Bob from Lawrence stop on Haverhill line at 4:15, if Marya has not picked him up at Andover before that. My cell is[masked] if anyone needs to coordinate.
    --Andy

    March 8, 2012

  • Marya

    Jay, No one likes climbing with wet shoes :) But my main concern is keeping my rope as clean and dry as possible. I have a large plastic tarp for this purpose, and I will be bringing it just in case.

    March 8, 2012

  • Jay B.

    Great ladies..
    Tip: Bring you car mats up to the climbs or a rope bag or a piece of carpet like a door mat.. It gives you a dry thing to stand on and keep the soles of your rock shoes from getting wet before the climb. They don't have any traction wet. Have fun...

    March 8, 2012

  • Emily

    WOW. Weather says 66! Also, thank you for the conditions update, Andy. Looking forward to climbing and meeting anyone who shows:) See ya tomorrow!

    March 7, 2012

  • Emily

    Yay! Excited to climb!

    March 7, 2012

  • Marya changed the date and time to Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    March 7, 2012

  • Marya

    OK Emily, I will see you at Den Rock 2pm tomorrow!

    March 7, 2012

  • Emily

    Marya, I could be there around two. I don't have a rope though.

    March 7, 2012

  • Marya

    Bob, what time could you be at the commuter rail station? I may be able to give you a ride depending on the time. The closest rail station seems to be Andover on the Hannover line.

    March 7, 2012

  • Marya

    Andy, thanks for the report on conditions.

    Sounds a little iffy, but I think it's worth a try. Is anyone else able to be there at 2pm? If so, that's when I plan to arrive. Is anyone else bringing a rope?

    I plan to set up on Desperado wall when I arrive, assuming it's dry:
    http://www.mountainproject.com/v/desperado/106273929
    Otherwise I'll just look for the driest wall.

    March 7, 2012

  • Andy

    Hey all,
    I swung by Den Rock to take a little walk after lunch, and there is a lot of snow still on the ground, but the rock face itself is probably 70-80% dry, with a few seeping wet spots in places. I'd say it's definitely climbable, if people still want to try for tomorrow (Thu) afternoon. But most of the interesting climbing seems to be on north-facing crags, which means you will be starting out in snow at the base of each climb, probably getting your soles a little wet. Bear that in mind.

    March 7, 2012

  • Bob

    I am a possibility but I don't have transportation . . . commuter rail? You can call me tonight after about 7PM if you want . . . [masked]

    March 7, 2012

  • Andy

    Hey Emily,
    Just saw that you cross-posted this on the Mountaineering meetup group as well. Anyway, I work right next door in Andover and could swing by Den Rock on Thu Mar 8 at about 4:30 or 5:00 and climb for an hour or so until dark. Latest forecast revision on weather.gov is now suggesting Thu will likely be the warmer day--low 60s as opposed to low 50s on Wed. Fri is now supposed to have rain. Please post an update if you decide to do Thu.

    March 7, 2012

  • Marya

    Emily, if the rock is dry I'd like to climb on Thurs. I could be there around 2pm. I'll wait to hear from you about conditions there before firming it up.

    March 6, 2012

  • Emily

    I also feel compelled to post that I found a really good Groupon deal for Vertical Dreams- the indoor climbing gym with 2 locations in Manchester and Nashua, NH. It's $59, so $29.50 each, for two people to each get a beginner class and a one month membership, including rentals. It's $39 for the one person deal, and theres also a deal for $59 for 10 visits.
    http://www.groupon.com/users/corey-vertical-dreams/deals/vertical-dreams-boston

    March 6, 2012

  • Emily

    I tried to comment already, but I don't think it went through.
    Bob- yes, Den Rock off of 114 on the Andover line.
    Marya- I'm free to climb any time on Thursday. I however, didn't really consider whether or not the bit of snow we have will be melted and the rock completely dry:/ I'll swing by the park and check it out tomorrow afternoon and post back.
    Any time the weather allows and you want to climb in Lawrence, let me know!

    March 6, 2012

  • Marya

    Emily, I agree later this week has good potential for climbing outdoors. I'll be at BRG on Thursday evening (8th). I'd be interested in climbing outdoors earlier in the afternoon on Thurs as well. What time of day are you thinking of climbing?

    I climbed at Den Rock last year, but I have no idea how long it takes for it to dry out there.

    I've got gear for top-roping (webbing, biners, and a rope).

    March 6, 2012

  • bob g.

    emily are you talking about Den Rock off rt114

    March 6, 2012

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