Summer Rumney Ladies Trip!

By: Shelma Jun

Most of the girl crew.

2014 Rumney Summer Ladies Trip – Caitlin, Kelly, Jill, Shelma, Renata, Jobi, Iris and Carol (Rana and Genevieve not pictured)

A few weeks ago, we managed to get ten girls up to Rumney, New Hampshire for a weekend ladies climbing trip. I had started planning this trip almost four months before, hoping we’d be able to lock down a date where a good number of the girls would be able to make it. After 50+ emails, we had a date and ten ladies confirmed!

I was excited and nervous — excited because I had never been on a climbing trip with that many ladies and actually had never even seen that many ladies climbing together at a crag. This was going to be a badass crew. Nervous because ten people is a lot of people to coordinate a trip with and we had a range of climbing abilities. Well… the nervousness ended up being worthless because we had an awesome time!

What happens in Rumney, stays in Rummey... right?

What happens in Rumney, stays in Rummey… right?

Caitlin, Kelly, Genevieve and I were able to take off Friday and got up a day early to check out the Main Wall area. It was a beautiful day and a perfect start to the weekend.

Kelly on Milenium Falcon

Kelly on Milenium Falcon

Caitlin on Armed and Dangerous

Caitlin on Armed and Dangerous

My friend Carol from LA had moved to Lebanon, NH a few years ago and generously offered to let nine girls sleep in the front yard of her adorable cabin. By Friday night, the clearing in front of her cabin in the woods became a colorful menagerie of sleeping accommodations — a large 6+ car camping tent (aka the palace tent), small bright backpacking tents, a hammock tent and Jobi’s van accommodations. We stayed up late around a fiery campfire drinking beers, eating s’mores and talking about the day ahead of us.

Bonfire, beer and s'mores.

Bonfire, beer and s’mores.

There were varying opinions on alpine starts and we left for the crag in waves. We had all decided the night before to head over to the Jimmy Cliff/Waimea/Bonsai/Darth Vadar area. The nervousness set in again… would we be able to find climbs that are fun, challenging and do-able for everyone in the crew? Would everyone get a chance to work something at their level? We had a range from girls who had never lead before to one’s that were sending 5.12s.

Jobi on Centerpiece

Jobi on Centerpiece

On this magical day, everything seemed effortless (except the climbs). Several of us started at Jimmy Cliff while an earlier group began at Bonsai and another wave at Darth Vadar. A few of us split and left Jimmy Cliff to meet up with the crew at Bonsai while the group at Darth Vadar moved up to meet the girls still at Jimmy Cliff. And so it went on throughout the day.

Jill on Hammond Organ

Jill on Hammond Organ

Ladies moved throughout the neighboring crags, sometimes together, sometimes splitting off but we all managed to climb with each other at some point during the day. Nobody felt stuck at a crag they had been at for too long, feeling free to check something else out, feeling at ease that we’d all end up in the same area eventually (which was Waimea).

Rana on Waimea + All the Way-a Linkup

Rana on Waimea + All the Way-a Linkup

Another thing that I noticed and loved was that we had climbers of all abilities and everyone was having fun and being challenged. Some girls top-roped harder routes but had an opportunity to lead routes they were comfortable with, Genevieve lead her first climb and others lead and projected climbs above their comfort grade with inspiration from and encouragement by fellow badass ladies.

Carol at Jimmy Cliff

Carol on Nuthatch

It's not a climbing trip unless Kelly and Caitlin have chalk all over their faces.

It’s not a climbing trip unless Kelly and Caitlin have chalk all over their faces.

Everyone was pumping each other up and having a great time. Other groups at Rumney seemed surprised, intrigued and stoked by our big ladies crew. Several other women came up to us and told us they were excited to see so many women climbing together in a girls crew.

Shelma on Peer Pressure

Shelma on Peer Pressure

Renata & Jobi at Waimea

Renata & Jobi at Waimea

We ended up leaving early the next day after a family emergency came up but that was just another example of the amazing amount of support that the ladies on this trip provided for each other. Overall, this trip was everything I had hoped for and more. It reminded me of why I had started Flash Foxy — to be supported, inspired and pushed by other ladies in my life and hope that it helped other women feel the same.

Carol, Renata, Shelma & Rana.

Carol, Renata, Shelma & Rana.

Some lovely ladies I had the delight to spend the weekend with -- Rana, Jill, Genevieve, Caitlin and Kelly.

Some lovely ladies I had the delight to spend the weekend with — Rana, Jill, Genevieve, Caitlin and Kelly.

Thanks to Rana, Caitlin, Kelly, Jill, Jobi, Genevieve, Iris, Carol and Renata for the amazing weekend!!  My next thought is… can’t wait for our Fall ladies trip!

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Jill, Kelly, Shelma, Iris, Renata and Rana

Genevieve & Kelly en route to NYC courtesy of Jobi and her awesom van.

Genevieve & Kelly en route to NYC courtesy of Jobi and her awesome van.

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SHELMA (founder)  I’m a California native in NYC and I’ve been climbing seriously for 5 years. When I moved out east, I discovered trad and have been addicted ever since. My loves are trad and sport climbing but I’m learning to appreciate the nuances of bouldering.  

On the daily, I work for an awesome community-based design nonprofit Hester Street Collaborative.

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