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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Rock Climbing

Almost Seneca

August 26, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated August 30, 2018

We took Isaac to the “Little Rocks”, a small cliff above Canaan Valley, West Virginia. It would be generous to say the cliff is thirty feet tall. The face is streaked with horizontal cracks. Great for beginners. My parents, Tyson, and I were here to train for a multi-pitch climb on Seneca Rocks. The Climb […]

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Caves on Monadnock

August 19, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 1, 2019

“Is that the top?” Isaac asked looking up through the trees. “No, just a ridge,” I repeated. Shortly, our trail tee-d into the Cliff Walk trail. Tyson stopped there for a bio break. “Isaac, want to climb this rock while we wait?” The bottom of the rock had many fissures and steps making it easy […]

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Isaac Climbs Marlow

July 21, 2018
Tyson Sawyer
updated August 1, 2018

Isaac wanted to go rock climbing. He had been to Rumney once, but that could hardly count. He had been gym climbing a couple of times. Two years ago, his grandparents introduced him to outdoor climbing during two days in WV. Looking for a few easy climbs and no crowds, we chose the crag in […]

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Intro to rock climbing

July 19, 2016
Emilie Phillips
updated July 24, 2018

We took Isaac rock climbing for the first time at a small rock outcropping just off Dolly Sods in WV. My family named this rock the “little rocks” ages ago when I learned to climb there. It is a layered sandstone, specifically Pottsville sandstone. It is quite a bit harder than the smooth white sandstone […]

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Climbing at Vertical Dreams

December 7, 2015
Emilie Phillips
updated November 18, 2018

Isaac received hand me down climbing shoes. To fit, he had to wear socks, but of course he wanted to try them out. Tyson’s knee was bothering him, so just Isaac and I joined Diane, Jason, and Ian at the local climbing gym. At first, Isaac was too timid to try climbing. He wandered around […]

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Cliff notes

July 20, 2013
Emilie Phillips
updated October 19, 2018

We met up with Benoit and Leah at Rumney for climbing. None of us got going that early, nor were we in shape for lots of climbing, so it ended up being a social trip with a little bit of climbing. Saturday was forecast to be full of thunderstorms, so we gave up on it […]

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First rock climb of the year

May 14, 2012
Emilie Phillips
updated July 24, 2018

Saturday, we went on the AMC rock climbing trip to Marlow. For most of us, it was the first time out, so everyone was a little behind on their form. Neither Tyson nor I were officially leading the trip, but we helped out with setting up anchors to get some practice and make the trip […]

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rock climbing

July 24, 2011
Emilie Phillips
updated July 19, 2016

We did not go kayaking this weekend, but we did fit in a rock climbing trip today. We wanted someplace close that would not be too much overhead. Crow Hill is the closest, but is also close to Boston. Pawtuckaway and Marlow are probably the next closest. We decided to go to Marlow because, though […]

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We used to rock climb a lot before Tyson hurt his knees in 2009. Since then we have only done a few trips each year, with Isaac and I doing most of the climbing.

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