Adam’s surprise birthday destination was the storybook town of New Hope, PA. This cute little town is about two hours away from New York City, right on the NJ/PA border. On the Jersey side, there is a cute town called Lambertville and just across the across the Delaware River is New Hope.
We managed to get out a little early on Friday and arrive in New Hope in time for lunch. We checked into Porches on the Towpath, our b&b for the weekend. It’s an adorable b&b where each room is setup with access to the porch, overlooking the towpath.
We then went out for lunch at Odette’s and walked around the main street exploring the town.
On Saturday, we started our morning by checking out the local flea market which was the talk of the town. We were unimpressed (not sure if this was because the Amish were not around due to COVID), but we quickly left.
As it turned out, there was a crag nearby called High Rocks, so we decided to go check it out and get in a bit of rock climbing. The approach was from the top and the good news is that the routes were bolted, making it easy to spot! We set up a few routes and while we were on Chain Reaction, we made some friends. We exchanged routes and eventually ended up doing a sport climb together on the Orangutan Wall together.
That evening, we got back and enjoyed French 75s and charcuterie on the porch prior to getting ready and heading back out into town for dinner.
We were due to head home on Sunday but given how much we enjoyed High Rocks, we decided to go back and climb first. We started by trying to check out a less popular area that one of the locals tipped us off to, but we couldn’t find the routes so we went back to the same area that we were in on Saturday and climbed a few more routes there.
While it was an amazing weekend, my actual birthday was on Monday so I couldn’t let the fun end early. We got back to the city, and I then headed up to the Gunks for a climbing birthday celebration.
I spent Monday in the Gunks climbing with Doug. We did Arrow, Limelight, Cold Turkey, Absurdland and Never Never Land. A really awesome day and my first top climbing a 5.10a outside in the Gunks (even though it wasn’t clean)!