Multipitching at Seneca!!

Over the weekend, six club members went to Seneca Rocks to do some multipitch climbing. Sherman, Steffen, and Cat tackled Ecstasy, Pleasant Overhangs to Thais Escape, Gunsight, and the Burn. Alex M, Dante, and Alex G. climbed Skyline Traverse, Le Gourmet to Front C to Critter Crack, Castor, Pollux, and a few more routes at the lower slabs. With the exception of Sherman and Alex, this was everyone's first multipitch experience and they all had a blast! 

A tricam was left behind, a carabiner dropped, and a cam nearly lost to the depths of Critter Crack. Overall, not too unexpected for a beginner trip and a great learning experience for all.

We finished up the trip with a visit to Hellbenders. They make some pretty awesome burritos. 

Steffen, Cat, and Sherman at the summit!

Steffen, Cat, and Sherman at the summit!

About to head up Gunsight

About to head up Gunsight

Steffen is stoked!

Steffen is stoked!

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Seneca, majestic and chossy as always.

- Sherman 

Intro mountain biking trip to Raystown

Matt led an intro mountain bike clinic over the weekend to Raystown Lake, PA. 5 members tried their hand at the smooth flow trails, starting from Buck and Fawn trails and progressing towards more challenging Osprey, Eagle and the ever popular Hydro Loop. A few members stayed longer to ride the skills part and grab a little air time ;)

Check out the full ride log below

Matt practices cornering on the berms

Matt practices cornering on the berms

Checking out the views on Hydro Loop

Checking out the views on Hydro Loop

Intro to Climbing - A Beginner's Trip to Breakneck

On Saturday, 15 CMUX members headed to Breakneck (Connellsville, PA) for a day of sport climbing and top roping. The weather was spectacular. Connie, Jack, Eric, and Emma learned how to tie in and belay. Alex G, Aria, and Charles practiced lead climbing and belaying. Justin and Dante sent one of their 5.12 projects (rock on guys!) while I shook my Elvis leg and whipped all over the place. Overall, this made for a fun and casual day for CMUX climbers of all skill levels.

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The crew (missing a few people who left early)

The crew (missing a few people who left early)

Members include: Sherman Lam, Dante Bowman, Alex Gotsis, Charles Wu, Alex Malkin, Aria Wang, Steffen Bakker, Justin Wang, Connie Fan, Jack Chua, Eric Yang, Emma Lloyd, Andrew Conlon, Jess Chernak, and Aaron Perley

- Sherman

Allegheny National Forest Backpacking 9/9 - 9/10

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With packs and climbing shoes in tow we walked 13 miles through the wooded valleys and stark rock formations of Allegheny National Forest.  Everything was damp from Hurricane Harvey's remnants passing through the day before, but thankfully sunny weather returned for hiking on the Labor Day weekend.  We started on the Tanbark Trail, which connected to the longer North Country trail where we found a long-forgotten apple orchard and comfortable campsites beside a small creek.  We packed out the next morning after pancakes and bacon cooked over the open fire.

Climbing at the New River Gorge 9/9-9/10

Over the weekend, 12 club members headed down to the New River Gorge for some perfect climbing weather. On day one, part of the group went to Sandstonia for some easy and moderate sport climbing. We put up some classics in the area including Geisha Girl (5.8), Mrs. Field's Follies (5.8), Kinesthetica (5.10c), Shady Lady (5.7), Zeitgeist (5.10a), and Decameron (5.10b). Another group went to Kaymoor for some hard sport at Fire and Ice Wall and Seven Eleven Wall.

Ian leading The Good Book 

Ian leading The Good Book 

Catherine on Mrs Field's Follies

Catherine on Mrs Field's Follies

Sherman working the moves on Lord of the Jungle

Sherman working the moves on Lord of the Jungle

Matt at the top of Bobby D's Bunny

Matt at the top of Bobby D's Bunny

Many returned to Pittsburgh on Saturday night but a hand full stayed through Sunday to climb at Bridge Buttress. The crew got a taste of crack climbing while tackling Jaws (5.9) and Easily Flakey (5.7). We also ran a crash course on gear placement and practiced placing gear on the routes.

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Many of us finished the trip off with a ritualistic visit to the Secret Sandwich Society. Apparently, I didn't over hype it. The sandwiches are really really good. 

Club members in attendance: Sherman Lam, Catherine Pavlov, Justin Wang, Adrian Markelov, Ian Rosenberg, Alex Gotsis, Steffen Bakker, Matt Barnes, Evan Hill, Clare Cui, William Guss, and Charles Wu

Did I mention that the Secret Sandwich Society has amazing sandwiches?

- Sherman