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Guided Rock Climbing at the Trapps and Near Trapps

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Tim following No Picnic 5.5 at the Trapps

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Tim and Bill and Maryann of the Boston AMC Chapter hanging out on Yab Yum belay ledge 5.3

I took Tim from Mass. climbing Friday and Saturday to the Trapps and Near Trapps.  Friday we hit up the Trapps.  I started by leading No Picnic 5.5 in the Uberfall area to get a feel for Tim’s climbing ability and knowledge.  After a quick climb up and rappel down we headed down the Undercliff road to climb Middle Earth 5.5.  The last pitch was still a little wet so we climbed the first two pitches and rapped back to our packs.  I thought the Arrow Wall would be fun and dry but everyone else at the Trapps had the same idea I guess.  We headed over to Silhouette 5.7+R to try our hand at some steep face and crack climbing.  This is a run out pitch at the bottom which can be kind of interesting at times.  It is a long 160 ft. pitch with a ton of different climbing styles on it.  We climbed The Last Will Be First 5.6 to wrap the day up.  This pitch is pretty long as well to the GT Ledge.  Bolt anchors at the top bring you back to the ground in two rappels.  Saturday we got a early start at 8:00am meeting at the West Trapps parking lot.  The Boston AMC Chapter was climbing at the Gunks this weekend so the parking lot was pretty festive in the morning.  Tim and I decided to climb at the Near Trapps starting with The Layback 5.5.  I love the last pitch of this climb with it’s airy step out into nowhere.  It started to sprinkle a little so staying close to the ground to check the weather was the next move.  We climbed Grease Gun Groove 5.6 and waited to see what the weather would do.  Tim crushed Grease Gun with no hangs on the rope or help from the belayer.  With the weather looking like it would be alright we took a stab at Yab Yum 5.3.  I linked the first two pitches together to make a nice long pitch to the ledge with the pine tree belay.  We caught up to 3 people from the Boston AMC Chapter and climbed behind them for the last two pitches.  I had actually meet Akiko who was leading Bill and Maryann a couple of nights before while taking the AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Providers Course in Boston.  We all had a good time talking with each other while finishing the exciting and exposed last pitch.  A easy walk down the Millbrook Ridge Trail brought us back to our packs and eventually back to our cars for the day.

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