MCA Updates & Activities

Speaking Event: Jim Shimberg and Jon Sykes

posted Nov 15, 2017, 2:34 PM by Nick Sintros

The Monadnock Climbers Association(MCA) in conjunction with Keene State College Outing Club is proud to present an evening with world renowned climbers Jim Shimberg and Jon Sykes on November 30th at 6:30 PM in the Night Owl Café in the Student Center of KSC. Jim Shimberg has climbed around the globe and put up many first ascents while Jon Sykes is known for the countless climbs he has put up in the White Mountains. Jon is also the author of multiple guide books for the area including his newest book, The Notches. There will be a gear raffle at the end of the presentation.

When: November 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Where: Keene State College, Night Owl Café
Cost: $10 adults, $5 students, children and seniors
Hosts: Monadnock Climbers Association and Keene State College Outing Club

Board Meeting

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:20 AM by Nick Sintros

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 10th at 7PM at Antioch. All members are welcome to attend. 

Fall YMCA Night

posted Sep 26, 2017, 4:35 AM by Nick Sintros

The MCA member night at the YMCA for this fall will be Monday from 7:00 to 8:30PM.

Access Fund Membership Deal

posted Sep 25, 2017, 4:56 PM by Nick Sintros

From Monday 9/25 - Sunday 10/1 Access Fund will be running their best membership deal of the year, and it's a great opportunity for you to support Access and the MCA. 

For one week only, anyone who joins at Access Fund at the $50 level with a Monadnock Climber Association joint member add-on will receive an Access Fund t-shirt ($35 Access membership with $15 MCA add-on, a gift normally reserved for $65+ members). This promotion is only open to NEW members, so if you've been holding off on joining Access and the MCA, or know someone who has, now is a great time. Simply go to to sign up and make sure to select "NH - Monadnock Climbers Association" for your Local Climbing Organization. 

Railroad Cut Clean up

posted Aug 30, 2017, 6:19 PM by Nick Sintros   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 6:20 PM ]

The MCA has partnered with the Keene Sno Riders Club to clean up the Railroad Cut. We will be meeting with them September 10th at 8:30am at the gate on the left side of Route 12A headed North out of Keene before the transfer station turn. Bring snacks, water, boots, gloves and a shovel.

Bears Den Trail Work Day & Allen Mine Committee

posted Aug 18, 2017, 5:15 PM by Nick Sintros

The MCA will be working with Lew Shelley to build a new trail at Bears Den State Park. Trail Day will be Sept 24th. Meet at 9am in the parking lot. Wear long pants and bring gloves. Heavy rain cancels. Light rain OK. We should be pretty well covered for tools. 

We are also looking to start a committee to look at addressing the access issues for ice climbing at Allen Mine. If you are interested please let us know.

Elizabeth Burns McIntire Forest - Marlow Trail Day

posted Jul 13, 2017, 6:48 AM by Nick Sintros

In conjunction with the Monadnock Conservancy we will be doing trail building and maintenance at Elizabeth Burns McIntire Forest/Marlow Profile Tuesday July 18th from 8:30 until 5pm.

We will be meeting at the Parking area at 8:30 am and working until either 5 or the work is done (whichever comes first).  Volunteers should come prepared with sturdy, closed toe shoes, gloves, and food and water.  If people have their own personal tools to bring, that would be helpful.  This is new trail construction.  As such we will be lopping, pruning and cutting a trail corridor as well as shaping a trail tread.  So everything from hand loppers and folding saws up to rakes, shovels, bars, mattocks etc could be helpful.  Some tasks may require eye protection.  The MC has a number of safety glasses but if folks have their own they should feel free to bring it.  We have a number of 5 gallon buckets and soil bags that can be used to move materials.  There are two foot bridges to build (one on the existing trail and another on the new trail). 

YMCA update

posted May 5, 2017, 11:50 AM by Nick Sintros   [ updated May 28, 2017, 4:31 PM ]

MCA Member climbing night at the YMCA has been moved to Tuesday night 6:30-8:30 PM (free to MCA do not need Y membership)

Thanks to Patrick Hummel, Meredith Collins, Mike Morin and Rick Brackett for attending our meeting and sharing partnership projects.

Thanks to all that have supported our organization

Antioch University, Access Fund, State of NH Parks and Rec., EMS, The Mountain, The Works, Thai Garden, Prime Roast, Brewbakers, Ye Goodie Shoppe, KSC Outing Club, Don Mellor, and the W.S. Badger Co.

MCA member climbing nights & member meeting

posted Apr 27, 2017, 6:14 PM by Nick Sintros   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 6:18 PM ]

Through our partnership with the Keene Family YMCA, MCA members have a climbing night Wednesdays from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA only a member of the MCA. 

The MCA will be having our annual member meeting on May 3rd at Antioch New England at 6:30PM there will be food and some raffles as well as an opportunity to join the MCA or become a joint member with the Access Fund if you are not already a member. We will be talking about updates on where we have been and where we are going as an organization.

* Raffle tickets will be 3 for $5
* $25 you will get an MCA membership or renewal, MCA t-shirt and an extra raffle ticket (2 total). 
* $35 gets you a joint membership with the MCA and the Access Fund as well as the t-shirt and extra raffle ticket (2 total).

Movie Night & Member Meeting

posted Apr 11, 2017, 9:03 AM by Nick Sintros

The Monadnock Climbers Association in conjunction with the Keene State Environmental Outing Club will be hosting a film night at the Night Owl Cafe on Keene State campus. This event will be on 
April 14th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. * 
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The main film will be "The Road From Karakol". There will also be 5 other short films. There is no admission fee but we are accepting donations. 
  • $5 minimum donation will get you a raffle ticket for gear and other prizes. 
  • $25 you will get an MCA membership or renewal, MCA t-shirt and an extra (2 total) raffle ticket. 
  • $35 gets you a joint membership with the MCA and the Access Fund as well as the t-shirt and extra (2 total) raffle ticket. 

We are also having our annual member meeting at Antioch New England on Avon Street
 May 3rd at 6:30pm *
At this meeting we will share what we have accomplished so far and where we are going in the future. We will be discussing plans for upcoming projects and we will be looking for member involvement in these projects. 

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