Being that the days are longer and warmer Paul mentioned he was planning to do some bouldering after work on Thursday. I thought this was a great idea so I picked him up at the main plant, strapped his bike to my car and we headed over to West Rock. Unfortunately the road system is still blocked off so we had to hike up to Judge’s Cave. Actually now that I’m thinking about it, if the roads were open there probably would have been non-climbing people running all over the rocks making it tough to do our thing.
In any case Paul and I got up there around 5 and proceeded to do some bouldering. This was my first outdoor bouldering so it was a little strange at first. I am so used to the protection of an 8 inch mat at the gym that I was a little timid at first. It turns out that Paul’s ~3 inch pad works just fine for softening the ground, so I settled in fairly quickly.
After about 20 or 30 minutes of climbing Paul’s fiancé, Lauren, and two of her friends, Marie and Kate, showed up. Marie and Kate are students working here from Norway and England, respectively. Paul and I were working on a pretty difficult route when they showed up so we decided to go back to a really sweet route he and I had done a little earlier. This route proved to be a challenge for the girls, but they were able to do pretty well on it.
After that we did a few other problems that quickly tired us out. To finish the afternoon we all did the highball problem. This route was a little hairy. It was not quite dark but it was very poor lighting for bouldering. Seeing the holds was difficult and the feet were nearly impossible. Luckily the added safety of three spotters was able to get everyone through the problem. Well that and super beta from Paul.
Check out the pictures
, which include me for a change!
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As I mentioned in my AT, Rt. 341 to St. John’s Ledges write up, the weekend of the 21st and 22nd were amazing weather, especially since it came on the heels of a week of rain and low temps. Mike D and I planned some climbing before buckling down and doing some fluids homework late in the day. We joined by Ben, Irene, John, and Joel.
I finally remembered to take my camera harness so I was able to climb up and take some pictures while on the wall. I think the ones from that came out pretty good. Because Pinnacle a is pretty small wall the shots from the top when I tied off to some trees also came out nice. I’m getting more familiar with setting up the anchors so the next time I go out I’ve got some tricks planned for some even better shots.
The routes we did, First Crack, Second Crack and Third Crack (original, eh?), weren’t the best but they were fun. I liked my last climb the best because it was in a corner crack that allowed me to layback on most of the holds. The moves felt really good.
As you can see from some of the pictures Mike and Irene had their racks out for some fake then real leading. At first we had Mike on lead belay and loose top rope belay. He set gear all the way up and was clipped in. Irene follow him to check his gear. Later they switched it up. After climbing the same route twice they went back and both did a real lead. I also placed some gear but wasn’t on lead belay just top. I’m hoping to give the trad climbing a try next time though.
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After a late season Nor’Easter that dumped up to 8 inches of rain in parts of New England and New York over five days it was high time for the sun to come out and be nice. The weekend of the 21st and 22nd just happened to be those days. After mid-thirties temperatures during the week the the weekend turned into a gorgeous display of sun and mid-seventies breezes.
To take advantage of this I went on a hike with a couple co-workers, Ben and Eric, on the AT. Earlier in the year I did the section south of this one. You can check out those pictures in the gallery. This hike turned out to be much less strenuous due to the fact that there wasn’t any snow/ice. As expected there was plenty of water which was nice for the streams. The field that must be crossed at the start of the trail was a little water logged which required us to take a little detour around the wet sections, but nothing to bad.
As you can see in the pictures
everything is still pretty brown and dead looking. Since I’m writing this a few days later I have already noticed green things springing from the trees and ground. I expect if I went back right now things would look a little nicer. I’m looking forward to later in the year when I can do some overnights on these sections with the gear I picked up at EMS earlier in the day.
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Spring looks like it is upon us. A forecast of mid-forties for the next week at least kind of lends credence to my claim at least. Of course there is always the chance of the late season snow storm (remember mid -May 2002?).
So since the nice weather has started to descend my buddies Mike D and Jesse went out for a little climbing today at Cat’s Hole in Meriden. This place is actually less than 10 miles from their house. We were accompanied with some friends of Mike and Jesse’s roommate, Mark. We set two ropes up and Mike and Brian gave some lead a try. Unfortunately the easier climb to lead on was super dirty and wasn’t really that good. The other three routes (two off one rope) were fun. There was a 5.8 called Pegasus I think. I wasn’t thrilled with it until the top were it became a bit more fun. The other route I climbed was a 5.10 called One Million Dead Dogs, uplifting name, eh? Quote of the day, “razor crimps”, by Mike D on his description of OMDD.
I was really disappointed at the setup of the wall as it relates to photography. The two ropes had no line of sight between them. It turns out this wasn’t all bad because I totally spaced on bringing my nice new camera harness. Oh well there is always next time. Until then enjoy what I was able to get from the ground.
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Greg Thompson, Mike Steidley and I went up to North Kingston, RI for some riding. Though the weather was relatively warm it wasn’t great, cloudy and windy were the main problems. Despite that it was good day of riding. Pictures here
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Dave Forsberg, Steve Poulin and I went out to Kent, CT to hike a little of the Appalachian Trail. It was a good hike overall. The weather was good but things were a little slippery. It looked like at lower elevations some precipitation we got a few days before was all rain and then froze. At higher elevations it was all snow. This made for a slippery beginning and end of the hike. Pictures here
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With the amazingly and freakishly warm weather we’ve been having I went climbing along with Mike D, Jesse, Irene and John. None of us had been to this place before and it certainly showed.
After walking in on the trail we decided it would be quicker to cut through the woods to the base of the cliff. After navigating a scree field for 15 minutes we got to the base where a larger group of climbers told us we could go up a ravine to get to the top. It was questionable if we should have been climbing the ravine without some kind of protection not to mention all the gear we had on our backs. We finally got up this and the next “pitch” of the ravine by spacing people along it and moving bags up to the next person and by dropping a rope and hauling the bags up. John decided to go farther down and did find a better ravine and nearly beat us to the top. Irene and I, well mainly Irene while I watched, set two ropes, one on Thor’s Hammer and another next to it, while Mike and Jesse hiked to the bottom again.
The sun was quickly setting as Irene and Mike climbed. Given that we had to top out to get out and because the sun was setting I decided not to climb. This turned out alright because I got some good photos.
Overall I would say this felt less like a climbing experience and more like a survival one.
Go to the gallery
for the pictures.
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The gallery contains just about all my photography since I started digitizing it. Well not all of it, but much of the stuff that I deemed worthy of posting. If you looked at my work chronologically you'll see that I've gone for a quality versus quantity approach. Older stuff has more pictures but generally not as good quality. Newer stuff is the opposite.
In the 10 years I've been doing photography in earnest I've moved, copied and generally monkied around with many of the files so the date on a vast number of them is not correct. Don't pay much attention to the date of most stuff unless it is after 1/1/2007.
You can search my entire site for keywords to find images. I'm going to make a sincere effort to fill the metadata for all my photographs from now on which will help with this. This will be more prevalent as time goes on, but it does work right now.
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If you've been to www.petewilk.com in the past I'm sure you've noticed that there have been some major changes. Back at the beginning of my senior year of college I registered this domain name and constructed the site which you're used to. That was back in 2001.
Many things have changed since then, I've obviously finished school and had a few jobs since then. Because of this I've had less time to really know what is going on in the web. Blogs, forums, and a whole host of other technologies have surfaced to mainstream since then.
I've halfheartedly wanted to update my site to keep it current but I just haven't had the time. Late in 2006 I purchased another digital camera, the first being back in 2000. That camera showed its usefulness in its near zero feedback loop to how the image looked. Unfortunately the quality of that camera was terrible and I quickly switched back to my film camera. My new camera is a near digital copy of my film camera and negative/slide scanner. With the purchase of this new camera, I knew that a new website would be in order. My near decade old method of posting images to the web was quite obviously outdated. My old computer which predated, www.petewilk.com, was obsolete long ago. This should have been obvious to me when I found, just recently, a file that I started outlining a "new" computer that was dated 2003.
Therefore, a perfect storm of reasons have prompted me to overhaul my PC as well as my website (well that and a discount with Dell through work). Hopefully this new site, powered by open source, feature rich software such as Joomla! and Gallery 2, will give me enough flexibility to keep this site going for a long time to come. Over the next few weeks the site will be maturing into a fully running, Content Managed website so bear with me. But please contact me if you find something that isn't working.
Hope you enjoy the site!
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