CT Event Wrap-Up: Climbing At Ragged Mountain
Chad Hussey of the AAC CT Chapter hosted our fall “It Ain’t Over Till it’s Over” climbing day in Connecticut. This year’s venue was Ragged Mountain. Yuki Fujita, Judy Bayliss myself were given the tour and kept busy on some of the classic lines. Although it had been only six days since local Bob Clark had surgery, he was out and climbing, topping the day off with a hard 5.10d.
A big thank you goes to Chad Hussey, Matt Shove. Bob Clark, Mike Cox, Gary and Sara Spinner and Ben Boulton for showing the gang from Massachusetts not only the crag but a fun day and good company. The weather gods cooperated with a sunny, warm bluebird day, so unlike most weekends of late.
The history of Connecticut’s climbers is as rich as Boston’s. Fritz Weissner put up what was at the time the hardest route in the country back in his day and visiting climber Layton Kor made his mark with several routes on the cliff. NY AAC member John Reppy calls Ragged his old stomping ground, and put up his first route there in 1949. While at Yale he and our own Sam Striebert wrote the first climbing guide to Ragged. Jim McCarthy freed Sublime 5.10+ while hardman Henry Barber freed Unconquerable Crack (5.9) a climb which rarely gets led even today. RI member Tony Trocchi established the first free ascent of Dol Guldur (5.11c) at East Peak, a climb considered to be well ahead of its time- some even rate it a 5.12!
If you get the opportunity go, you might be lucky enough to run into a local and get the tour!
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