winter 2012

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

late Dec blog

its warm then cold then warm  then cold   the Rumney ice is poor   Cannon is ok  have not been to Crawford Notch  hoping for consistent cold..happy holidays to all and a joyful New year too !   from jim Dawn and Rosie

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

back to NH

Just back from the Bozeman ice festival, what a  fun time    Wilford and Blanchard and Josephson and Anker and Tackle and the entire crew !   The clinics were fun and the ice is good right now.  Amazing slideshows too.    Weather was 6 degrees one day, but that morning we saw the total lunar eclipse at 630 am. wow   Hyailte is a beautiful place indeed and thanks Sterling Rope Co Inc for sending me out to Montana for 5 days.    Jim shim

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

late Novmber blog - and Happy Thanksgiving to all !

Hello ! a few weeks gone by with no blog  sorry all (all 3 or 4 people who follow this blog ) - getting cold   off to Huntington Ravine soon but first....Gunks trip thu nov 24 - sunday Nov 27 w Pablo y Cristina - look forward to the amazing quartzite and perhaps some warmer weather to camp out from the head rhino -  jim the shim

calendar -  Dec 7-12  Bozeman Ice Fest
                  Jan 4- 9  Ouray Ice fest
                  Jan 13-15  Mountainfest in the Dacks
                  Jan 27-29  Smugglers Notch Ice Bash
                  Feb 9-12  N Conway Ice festival  
                  Feb 16-20  Cody WY icefest

there may be a Catskills Ice Fest in NY and an event near Lincoln NH..more to follow !

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

fall climbing

Greg Steverson and I climbed at the Main Cliff today and it was warm !  what a nice fall day - gotta take advantage of these sunny days !   happy November !
most of the snow melted - Holderness School kids going out tomorrow - all afternoon - thanks Erik 'the Red ' Thatcher (aka rope gun).  

Jim shim

Monday, October 17, 2011

whitehorse slabs !

Pablo Martinez and Cristina Meireles and I climbed standard route on saturday Oct 15, fun day tho the rock was wet in places.  warm partly sunny day !  weather permitting - the Holderness students will be climbing with Erik Thatcher and I weds -thurs and friday this week.  hoping for dry rock at rumney...

jim shim - head rhino

Friday, October 14, 2011

october rain...

jim shim here - head rhino   update -  holderness school climbing team is crushing this season - nice job to all 7 student athletes who are climbing with Rich Parker, Erik  'the red' Thatcher and if the rock stays dry...  Greg Steverson and I had the Main Cliff to ourselves and Greg did awesome on Underdog and Polly Purebred yesterday   its been amazing watching his progress since our New River Gorge trip in April 2011.   Ben his son is at UVM and doing well.    stay in touch and be well


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

colorado aug 31 - sept 3

Dan Albert and I had a blast in CO - day 1 was Eldorado canyon - we climbed wind ridge and the Bastille - classics indeed.  day 2 we climbed the third Flatiron by a 5.6 variation - awesome.   Day 3 - Lumpy Ridge above estes Park - climbed the Pear Buttress route and it was fun stuff.   our last day we sport climbed at Clear Creek Canyon - 7 routes total. Dan and I had fun did some great climbing and especially enjoyed the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder - what a great vibrant scene !

Jim Shim  

Sunday, August 28, 2011


hurricane or tropical storm ?  either way its wet windy and dark outside   NH getting hit by Irene    so it goes   colorado weds w Dan Albert   original trip cancelled due to the storm.   Rumney should be dry by Tuesday !

Jim shim

Monday, August 22, 2011

latest news

hello from NH - just back from Yosemite Tuolumne and Owens River Gorge - with Alison Dittmer - fun times and hot weather   off to Colorado this saturday with Dan Albert for Eldorado Canyon Lumpy Ridge and other great rock climbing !   Jim shim

Saturday, July 30, 2011

cathedral ledge as good as it gets...

Jamie and Cheryl Duckworth, and their nephews from florida - today at Cathedral.  we did Still in Saigon, then toe crack to standard route, then Thin Air   good time had by all   very interesting climbing multi-pitch routes in a party of Five !

ps   hello James P Landau - I need your email and phone # !!


Friday, July 29, 2011

good ol nh

camp Walt Whitman groups !  rumney - perfect weather and nice kids.  great staff led by Narva the great - and we went to Mradows parking lot wall and then today the 5.7 crag  off to catheral tomorrow - saturday July 30 - with Cheryl Duckworth and her nephews   psyched               (please stop raining)


head rhino

Monday, July 18, 2011

into the routine !

real fun guiding the last week or two and stellar sunny weather too.  feel lucky indeed   Evan Metter & I climbed at Rumney Rocks on July 12 and had a fun day and he learned a lot i think   I had a camp group from Walt Whitman - thanks Narva ! - on Thur Bastille Day July 14 - again at rumney nh,   no crowds mid-week is real nice.  On friday July 15 me and Joe Soloman - Belmont MA - travelled to Cannon to climb the Whitney - Gilman Ridge   classic and we did the north wall variation at 5.8 as well.   Joe did awesome too. !
on saturday we battled the weekend crowds at Rumney - went to Jimmy Cliff with two young women from CT - Morgan and Megan - we did clip-it-dee-doo-da and some of the other jimmy cliff routes, plenty of folks out too...On sunday July 17 Dan Albert and I ventured up to Mt Washington and the Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle Buttress.  long hike in but worth it for sure, Dan cruised the route and we were back to Pnkham Notch by 5pm or so, as dark clouds gathered overhead !  today Paul LaFontaine and I tried echo crag in Franconia Notch but we were rained outta there by 11.30 am, trying again in the am

Jim shim - head rhino

Sunday, July 3, 2011

where did the time go ?

jim shim  head rhino here...    report as of sunday July 3 - just back from guiding out west   now home and hoping for dry rock !  Rumney bugs not bad at    off to Acadia july 5-7  then home for the Boilermaker in Utica NY - 15K classic.    more to follow.  Cristina birthday July 14 - we may be climbing !
Rpose and Dawn say hello ! !

ps  ( and Olivia Rose Sterner is cute cute cute )  - nice job Kristine and Jay !

Thursday, June 23, 2011

rain returns

Hello from Campton - rain returns to the area  oh well...  friday supposed to be a Cannon Cliff Day , saturday some sport climbs with Greg Steverson at Rumney - and Sunday with Joe Soloman at Cannon.  Whitney Gilman Ridge is the plan...

  time will tell

hope for the sun

Jim shim  head rhino

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

trip report

The impending rain held off mostly the last 4 days - climbed at Millbrook on friday June 10 - great place, not another soul   we did Cruise Control and the Time Eraser - both Rich Romano routes.   Saturday we climbed with Eric Love and his cross-fit clients (great job Jen Mark Brian and Abbass) from nyc, cloudy weather kept folks away so we climbed Betty and a top-rope next to that, then went to Jackie and Classic, finished the day on Horseman and at 4 pm it rained hard.  we got lucky !   for most of the 5 people it as their first time climbing !  they did awesome (check out  Sunday was an off day as Glenn Strickman and his son Todd didnt make it - I did the skytop run to overcliff road and bouldered around.   On Monday June 13 Dr Jon Martin came up from hartford and we did 9 routes in the Trapps including MF and son of easy O   great day and cool perfect weather,   good to be back in NH even tho its rainy.  next trip ?  Cathedral Ledge on Saturday with Cheryl Duckworth and her 2 nephews... lets climb !    Jim the shim

Sunday, June 5, 2011

rumney and Cannon weekend...

I guided at Rumney saturday - nice cool breeze !  Dan Albert and I had a fun day...   sunday -today = at Cannon cliff - Paul LaFontaine and I climbed Lakeview with many black flies...saw the legendary Chris Ellms and his nice young daughter Jen-Jen   wow can that guy climb !  hes like Andy Tuthill - smooth perfect footwork and always smiling too :)     thanks for helping out my client Ellmsy !

 gunks this weekend, may be working construction in Cape Cod this week (thanks Pablo)

Jim the shim

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

triple H

yup  hot humid and horrible mosquitoes  !  ha   marble sized hail an hour ago, now its clear again.  conway this weekend,  saturday climbing and Sunday guide w Paul LaFontaine, he is leading and psyched

Jim shim

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

back Home ! rainy New Hampshire ! but main Cliff rumney

Hi all - back from another great time at the New River rendezvous - number 9 !  thanks Gene Kenny P and Maura K from Waterstone  and Kurt and Elaina and Sterling Rope - for sending me down.   Sam Morton, John Branagan and I worked for Sterling Rope Co Inc at the event.

 we even did a few climbs after my two teaching clinics   ate a lot of pizza from Pies and Pints too....hope to see the sun


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

May 10

great Mothers day weekend in Maine.  climbed with Gary and Carol Ann Duval today in Rumney... next ?   off to California thursday !   not much lined up for guiding in June or July - but do have a late August trip to Colorado with Dan Albert from Dartmouth - always fun times with Dr Dan...plan for Eldo Lumpy Ridge etc.   the dreaded BLACK FLIES are out in rumney (and everywhere else too)    jimshim  rhino guides

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

the rain has arrived

dodged a bullet yesterday  but today was a washout    no climbing   its a drizzle now   hoping for friday and saturday with the students from Holderness School..keep ya posted !      shim

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 3 - dry rock (believe it or not)

NO RAIN   yup and thats no bull   setup in the Meadows at Rumney - what a fun day on Lies Hippos the Rose Garden and Truth...the Holderness School kids crushed as always -its nice to be young !
  Rest of the week is iffy - hope for the best and some dry rock again...rhino man shim

Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2 2011

Today - Rumney with the students from the Holderness School - they are climbing strong !   Julia Stef Sam Charlotte James Justin Damon !  you guys rock    proud of you   special thanks to Rich Parker and T Vanderlinde for their support of the climbing at Holderness School... we did 3 routes including a tricky 5.9+ at parking lot wall and a nice wet Shaelyns Way   well done all   !     shimmy koko pop

Sunday, May 1, 2011

back from New River gorge

Happy May all !  Greg Steverson his son Ben and his friend Harry and I traveled down south and climbed every day even with some rain !   we hit the Bridge Buttress Junkyard Wall Bubba City Beauty Mountain and Butchers Branch   we camped out at Rogers RockyTop Campground - what a great guy Roger is...we survived the lightning and thunderstorms of weds what a light show.   Back in NH on Saturday to guide at Rumney the next three days, weather good until Tuesday they say !  no black flies here   yet     off to CA on May 12 - 19 then the New river Rendezvous that weekend.  Yahoo.   jimshim, head rhino

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NH in the rain, hail, snow, blah blah blah

back from the gunks with Dale Willoughby  it was dry warm and we climbed 2 days.  home in NH?  gray rainy, time for a run.  new river gorge in West Virgibia,  with Ben and Greg Steverson and Harry too, this sat april 23-sat April 30    long drive to the New.  well worth it.  camping out.    hoping for dry weather    jimshim

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rumney Rocks !

cool day - out with Andy Felegara and Greg Steverson, started at Darth Vader - Yoda and Obi-Wan of course, then the 5.8 crag   cool fun day  - out with holderness kids in the afternoon tomorrow  snow is melting fast !

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The yearly transition to spring...some ideas from shim the rhino-in-chief

step 1  rumney sport climbing
step 2  drive 5 hours to the Shawangunks !
step 3  repeat
step 4  hope Cannon Cliff dries out soon...
step 5  ditto for Cathedral and Whitehose ledges.
step 6  back to rumney, try and get strong fingers...

Headed to the New River Gorge on April 23 with 3 folks,  hoping for good weather.  After that its Smith Rocks May 3-7 and the Yosemite valley with Dr Dave Polan from May 12-19.  After that its the Annual New River rendezvous (thanks Sterling Rope) - teaching 2 clinics there May 20 -21  Back to Yosemite on May 28 - June 7 - yahoo ! !

Jim Shimberg aka shim - the fossilized heebie of NH...

Monday, April 11, 2011

change of seasons...

ice climbing over - time for the gunks and rock climbing !

Jim Shimberg   Campton NH