MCA Updates & Activities

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.

Board Meeting

posted Apr 29, 2018, 5:47 PM by Nick Sintros

We have a board meeting scheduled for May 8th 7pm at Antioch. 

MCA Annual Member Meeting

posted Mar 27, 2018, 1:28 PM 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

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