MCA Updates & Activities

MCA Members Assist with Adirondacks Rescue

posted Mar 5, 2018, 3:44 AM by Nick Sintros

Letter from the President

posted Jan 26, 2018, 5:04 PM by Nick Sintros

Letter from the President? Really?
MCA is NOT a “drink the Kool-Aid” organization.

This is the first ever letter to our membership from me, Tom Sintros. Monadnock Climbers Association is now almost two years old, officially, but was in the minds of a handful of people for many before that. We started with an extremely successful intro meeting that drew over 30 people. Folks visiting from the, well established, WMCC, commented that this was amazing. They had 4 people at their first few meetings drinking beer and just talking about it. We are now over 60 members strong and growing. We have already forged strong partnerships with the State, Monadnock Conservancy, the local Snowriders Club, landowners, open space groups and other local climber’s associations as well as a recognized partner with the ACCESS Fund.

We are very proud of the background and behind scene work that has been done by all involved and I thank each and every one of you.

The climbing community and the community surrounding the activity of climbing is extremely diverse, we all have our preferred positions and attitudes as to what constitutes climbing, climbing ethics, etc. The purpose of MCA was to create a “community of climbers” not to agree and “drink the Kool-Aid” in agreement with each other but to form a group where these differences can and will be supported by all. In the most recent issue of “Rock and Ice”, there is a story “The Saver”,p.20-26, that profiles the start of the ACCESS Fund. Thoughts very much parallel this letter.

What we can do is listen to each other, not get into the “Mountain Project”, at times, horrible exchanges and have some honest and understanding discussion with the hopes of making a difference. Let’s all help the entire community thrive.

Thanks for, I hope, at least reading this. I hope I have shared why MCA formed and how we can all move forward and grow together

Peace and love to all, and Happy New Year Tom

By the way, I always include my number so if you have any comments or thoughts, give me a call.

P.S. Don’t forget to renew your membership, get a friend or two to join and think about a “joint membership” with the ACCESS Fund.

Also, while I know climbers would rather just be out there climbing, I strongly encourage you to find your own way to be involved with MCA. The continued success and growth depends on a healthy input by all members. Bring your ideas to MCA’s attention, put yourself out there, be part of the community. 

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.

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