Rock Climbing | St. Lawrence University Adirondack Semester

Rock Climbing

Emily Gougelet and Jack Carroll


This weekend we ventured into the High Peaks of the Adirondacks for some rock climbing.  Most of us had dabbled at the Monroe family indoor climbing wall at St. Lawrence University, but had never been on actual rocks.  We were led by the skilled and infectiously charming guides, Hunter and Brendan.   They taught us how to belay and tie “well dressed” climbing knots.  We started off at an easier arête on Chapel Pond.  As our skills improved, we moved to the more technical pitch off rocks.  Hunter and Brendan suppressed their laughter as they watched us grunt and heave ourselves up the rock faces.  Later when they attempted the same climbs, they effortlessly moved from hold to hold.  Zena taught many of us how to crack climb.  It basically is done by shoving your hands and feet into a tiny crack in in the rock in order to ascend the rock face.  It was much easier said than done.  When we came to the part where crack climbing was crucial to reaching the top, many of us attempted for 15 minutes, and then asked to be lowered down.  Usually this would be discouraging, but the view from the ledge before the crack was so beautiful.  You could see Cascade and Porter Mountains reflecting off Chapel Pond.  Late in the afternoon, the clouds started to form ominous shadows.   It was apparent that it would soon rain.  With scratched and cut up hands from a good day climbing, we headed back to Arcadia.  Already planning our next adventure.

 This week our paddles are taking shape, with the help of our skilled teacher, Everett.  And we had a mid-morning encounter with a sparrow as it flew into the kitchen and Jack exposed his sensitive side as he rescued the bird from the kitchen window and returned it to the wild.