Monday, August 24, 2009


In late July, I went home for a week to help my parents move and attend a wedding. While I was home I also caught up with some old friends, and did a little climbing at a "new" area called Equinox.
Most of the crag is represented in this picture.

Although I'm not sure about the story behind the crag's name, this little area, located near Mt. Vernon, is a great Summer sport climbing area that houses about 30 routes between 5.9 and 5.13+. Metamorphic in nature, the rock offers a sustained style of climbing with lots of square cut edges, and features that appear right where you need them. Enough with the description, here are some picutres(sorry about the date stamp- I took these with my parents' camera).

Paul Tomilson on a really nice 12+. Sorry, don't remember the name of the climb.

Jeff Parmenter on Baby on Board-13b. This is a super nice climb with increasingly diffcult moves to a very sharp and crimpy finish. Wish I had more time to finish. Oh well, I guess I will have to go back someday...

Here's Ben Gilkeson on Skip it or Clip it- 12c. This was probably the prettiest climb at the Equinox. This 80foot route goes up the cleanest part of the wall following a sequence of utterly perfect crimps and features. Really wish I had gotten on this thing!
Here's another picture of Ben on the same climb. Are those Dockers you are wearing?

Here's me on The Groove Tube Full-13a. Start with a great 12b, but before cutting right to the anchors, keep going up, and bust left around the arete, and over final roof. Like everything else at Equinox, I was really impressed with the quality of this line. So much fun!
Another picture of the same route.
Moving left around the arete. The next move is the crux, followed by a really engaging sequence to the top.

So that's Equinox. Thanks a bunch to Ben, Paul, Erich, Jeff, and Jake for showing me around. You guys are great!

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