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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Rock Climbing

Rocky Ridge Rock Climbing

July 3, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated August 2, 2020

I have been burning the candle at both ends this week, so you get a brief write up from climbing in WV a few weeks ago. Worse yet, I had this post all written except for the photos, and then I pressed “back” in my browser and lost it. Isaac was keen to go rock […]

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Climbing Marlow

June 21, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated August 2, 2020

We went rock climbing this past weekend. We picked Marlow. It is close. It usually doesn’t have many people. And it doesn’t have as many mosquitoes or black flies as Pawtuckaway. It was still hot, though. No avoiding that. One other group of 3 climbers showed up while we were there. We easily stayed out […]

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Rocky Ridge Rock Scrambling

June 16, 2020
Emilie Phillips
updated August 2, 2020

We are down visiting my parents in the mountains of West Virginia. It’s nice being home, even if it rained most of the week. But I suppose that’s how you get vibrant green but treacherous sphagnum bogs, carnivorous sundews, and meadows full of lavish ferns, laurel, and azaleas. We picked a loop to the northern […]

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Almost Seneca

August 26, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated September 1, 2020

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 3, 2020

“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 30, 2020

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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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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