MCA Updates & Activities

Hewes Hill Trail work

posted Oct 25, 2019, 6:11 PM by Nick Sintros

A bit last minute but a group of people from MCA and Swanzey Open Spaces group will be meeting at 1pm to do some trail cleanup. After a recent storm there are some trees down and needs some care. Please feel free to come and pitch in if you have some time. Meeting at Warmac Road parking area. 

Hewes Hill Trail Update

posted Sep 7, 2019, 5:33 PM by Nick Sintros

We had a great work day today and we got a lot done. We put in several water bars on the tipping rock trail to manage water flow down the trail. We cut back some small trees starting to encroach on parts of the trail and enjoyed some beautiful weather. Hope to see you out there next time!. 

Hewes Hill Trail Work

posted Sep 4, 2019, 5:37 PM by Nick Sintros

This Saturday 9/7 we will be going out to Hewes Hill to install some new water bars and do some more trail work. The plan is to meet at Monadnock Regional High School parking lot and carpool from there due to limited parking at Hewes Hill. We will meet at 9am and wait in the parking lot for 15-20 minutes to give people a chance to show up. 

Restore Rumney Volunteer Opportunities

posted Jun 20, 2019, 5:18 AM by Nick Sintros

The Access Fund Conservation Team will be arriving at Rumney in a few short weeks to begin working to address the severe erosion issues present at some of the most popular climbing sites on the mountain. The crew will be working Wednesday - Saturday, July - September and we would greatly appreciate volunteer assistance during this time period. To ensure a productive and fun volunteer experience I will be working to schedule individuals and groups for specific dates during the crew's time working at Rumney. If you have days that you would like to volunteer please reach out to an MCA board member and we will put you in touch with the Access Fund team. 

REI Donation Matching

posted Jun 3, 2019, 6:07 PM by Nick Sintros

Our climbing areas are being loved to death. We’re at a critical juncture, right now, where we need to make big investments before we ruin these places and compromise what is so special about the climbing experience. 

Right now, REI will match all donations to Access Fund, up to $75,000, to help restore climbing areas across the country--making your contribution go twice as far. And don't forget that you can donate directly to your local crags by selecting the check box on the membership forms to send $15 straight to Monadnock Climbers Association. Give today at

Annual Member Meeting

posted Mar 18, 2019, 4:09 PM by Nick Sintros

The MCA Annual Member Meeting will be held April 3rd 6pm at Antioch. All members and anyone interested in joining or just knowing more about what we do are welcome to attend.

Board Meeting

posted Jan 21, 2019, 4:44 AM by Nick Sintros

Our next board meeting is scheduled for Jan 24th 7pm at Antioch in Keene.

Monadnock Outing

posted Jun 11, 2018, 1:08 PM by Nick Sintros

We will be going to Monadnock June 16th and 8am to do some exploration and checking on some of the climbing resources on Mount Monadnock. This is not a climbing outing so much as an investigative mission. 

Bears Den Group Meetup

posted May 26, 2018, 2:44 AM by Nick Sintros

Hello all,

Spring has finally sprung, and it's time to start up the after work climbing group again. The group is beginner-friendly and open to all. Please forward this email to others who might be interested.

To start, we'll focus on Bears Den for its easy access and good selection of routes, but may branch out to other areas as whim dictates. I plan to meet Wednesdays for the significant advantage of going when Andy and Bob, who developed the area, usually climb. As last year we hiked in around 4:30 and climb often until dark. If you arrive later, it's easy enough to hike in and find us.

Here's the deal: This is not a guided outing, is not climbing instruction, and is not sponsored by any organization or any managers of the places where we climb. The only person directly responsible for your safety is you, and it's up to you to evaluate the risks and to decide which activities to participate in. You are expected to know how to climb and how to belay other climbers. This is an informal meet-up of people who share the enjoyment of climbing.

All that said, the group is supportive and friendly, and no one will judge you by the difficulty of the climbs you attempt. We set up on routes ranging from easy to moderately difficult. In the past we were joined by a number of strong climbers with long experience who were very generous in sharing their knowledge. This creates an excellent opportunity for beginners to sharpen their own skills. Last year the group was more or less evenly balanced between women and men.

You will need your own harness, shoes and belay gear. If you have a rope, please bring it. If you have a lead rack and would like to use it, bring that, too. There will always be at least one leader present. We typically lead a few or several routes then leave them set up as topropes for the others to use.

I typically send one brief email to the group per week as a reminder, and to announce weather cancellations, changes of venue, or other information. If you received this from me, then you are already on the list. To be added, just drop me an email to If you're not interested, let me know and I promise you'll not see another.

Just to give me an indication of interest, please respond to this email if you plan to join us, even if only occasionally.

JC Woodward

Raven Nesting at Bears Den

posted May 10, 2018, 7:34 AM by Nick Sintros

I'm told there are ravens nesting on the raptor wall at Bears Den and have chicks. Please be respectful and avoid climbing in this area. When you approach the cliff from the steep trail you get to the bonsai wall. To the right of the bonsai wall is the raptor wall. Raven nestlings typically leave the nest in 5-6 weeks so please avoid this area until the end of June.

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