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It has been a while. Some years in fact since we last dropped a rope on this great spot. A more magnificent setting for a day out climbing I can not imagine.

Just under three miles up – it was a hump with the addition of ropes and a rack but the two seniors made it up OK.

The wind was whipping and right into the cliff face which added to the mountain feel of things.

The view is a full wilderness view. The only thing the eye can find is some tree harvesting boundary from some years ago.  Looking due lease at the back side of Chocoura in the distance the northern limit of the Sandwich range was bathed in full fall color.

We set up on the big shelf at the southern end of the east ledges. One good looking bolt and some gear in a nearby crack allowed us to take turns on a couple of lines on the face.

The granite was clean – probably from being blasted by the elements. Fine face climbing on warm sunny stone – such fun.

Back to Redstone


This time we scrambled up to the pink quarry – quite a climb actually. The scale is crazy and the views were fabulous with fall color in full bloom

Last call at the hut


Next time we get to have brews at the hut there will be snow on the ground. On Sunday we took the chair up for some views and brews. Crowds were large but tolerable. Everyone out in the sun having fun and making memories.


Big Media


I remember my first hard disk. Five and a quarter inch full hight Ten megabyte aftermarket hard drive for the original IBM PC.

Here are two photographic compositions from this morning. I say compositions because each one is composed of multiple exposures. The first is a simple three shot panorama merged in Lightroom then exported as both a jpeg (the one in this post) and an un-compressed tiff file that you can find here if you have a really fast internet connection and are interested in seeing. It is large. Read on to find out how large.

The second one is a two shot panorama made from two five shot HDR’s (so that’s ten frames in total) You can find the ‘full res’ version here.


Both of these shots are massively reduced to be workable for a blog post. Consider the first shot.Call it 630MB.  It would have taken seven of my original hard disks to hold this single photo – It would have take fourteen of them to have enough space to process this single composition (between the originals, the stitch and merge and the export to tiff). If you had told me back then that one day I would be doing such things I doubt I would have believed you. Perhaps – just not in my lifetime.


Anyway – enjoy the view. I sure did.



Things I did today


Some shots from the day..

Pine Barrens


Nice place for a morning walk on a day like today


Up on Downes

power shot

Second time this month – a walk up to the big slide and back.

Such a sweet late season day. The valley is full as are the parking lots, but the amazing thing about Downes is nobody is on it. We had the five miles to ourselves today.

What if I jinxed it – The ski season that is…


I have been on AT ski’s for the past five seasons. They are getting beat up, as am I from running Tokyo drift down the piste all day.

I went to Stan and Dan’s (a valley fixture) and Peter hooked me up with some new kit for the season ahead.

All I need now is some poles which I will pick up when I pick up the kit next week.


And some snow. Not asking for much – just a season like last one. Please?

A Very Big Rock in New Hampshire.


Madison Boulder.

Just two miles away lies the big rock. A quite, peaceful walk with the boys this morning…


Thought to be the worlds largest glacial erratic –

Good times



I shot this on my phone while on Black Cap for dinner and a sunset in celebration of Murphy’s seventh birthday.

I composed, preformed and recorded the music a couple months ago.

It confirms my suspicions that what I compose is suited for short film.

It also confirms my suspicions that I am living a blessed life.


Hope you enjoy the movie…

Good Times from Michael Hassey on Vimeo.