Harper Creep Falls

Harper Creep Falls
Harper Creek Falls

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Crag Day

The sun rises over the upper field at the house in the country that we are renting. The view from the kitchen window is beautiful, sometimes frosty or blooming, and now green. We don't know how long we will be here, but we enjoy the trees and fields and sky for the time being. The position of the property seems to be in a gap between two large hills, so it is more frequently windy here than other places we go.

It was good to be outdoors and climbing. the following climb starts out easy, but at the top the holds are small and mostly friction climbing.

Fires and foot traffic at the base of the climb line have opened up the view in recent years. I liked the closed in feeling of the dense woods which will return if forest fires can be avoided. And since this crag is south facing, the lack of shade is brutal in the summer.

Tie in and check that knot, partner.

Beauty surrounded us as the woods are awakening from a winter slumber.

Underneath the outer layers were three shirts and longjohns. We kept having to put clothes on and take them off according to how the clouds, wind, and sunshine combined.

Probably the maximum cliff height at this climbing area is about 75 feet. The climb pictured below is about 60 feet.

I stopped on a ledge to take pictures.

The next one is from the top.

The top of this rough and varied cliff line has one of the best views around, given that Paddy's Creek draw opens up into a valley where lies Lake James and the South Mountains in the far background.

When we got away from the ridge, the weather was calmer and more consistently bright.

Another good day in the woods. God's Creation is so beautiful and stress reducing.

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