Central Rock Gym
When it comes to rock climbing, Western Massachusetts has some very nice crags. Farley, Mormon Hollow, Rose Ledges, and Chapel Ledges to name a few. We spent the summer introducing ourselves to these and other top spots in the area. We met some great fellow rock lovers and fell in love with ease of accessibility and the variety of routes available. But what is a climbing junkie to do when it rains? Or when you can’t make it out to one of the local ledges? Central Rock Gym in Hadley Ma has the answer.
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We have been children free all week, thanks to some amazing friends! Our children are happy and safe and we are climbing our hearts out. Practicing, reading, eating, resting and climbing! Discussions range from knot tying, how hard we pushed, the next climb and do we have enough water. The valley has proven to be quite the mecca for climbing. Rock faces are large, bold and full of spectacular holds.
Chapel Falls in Ashfield is perfect with both epic water fall swimming pools and a gorgeous wall to scurry up. Learning how to hold our bodies and which body positions work best for specific holds and grabs. The adrenaline pumped as did our arm muscles. Getting to the top takes strength, yes, it takes perseverance and problem solving…But mostly it takes over coming the fear factor… Because belaying down is almost scarier then the climb up!! Whoo hoo, three cheers to overcoming obstacles.
Heading to Rose Ledge in the next couple of days. Thankful for beautiful New England weather and safe climbing. Climb on!!!
tip: If you head to Chapel Falls, The Brewmaster’s Tavern in Williamsburg has wifi and great drinks too.
Rock climbing adventure tomorrow in Jamaica, VT. Top roping will be our focus. We have had our lessons, and read our books…Now it’s time to get out there and do it on our own!! We are excited and hope the rain holds out. Still looking for a spot to park the bus for the night and taking in the beautiful Green Mountain forests. Stopped at a cute little cafe in Townshend, their General Store, who serves free wifi, yummy breakfast all day (7 AM – 7PM), fresh deli and bakery snacks.
Pictures of the adventure coming soon!!! 🙂