Posted by: further
Manitoulin Island, Ontario - 12/10/11 11:21 PM
The cabin from the island's dock. The island is only about an acre, but on it sits three small cabins.
Our only link to the mainland and climbing was this aluminum pram with 9hp motor.
Cup and Saucer bluffs are the highest point on Manitoulin island proper, jutting out of the Canadian shield like a giant cleft chin. Crystal trying to scare herself.
Interesting shoots and ladders to get to and from the base of the cliffs. The heavy pack will be my burden.
Didn't bring the garden tools.
Finally came across a clean little corner that, according to my rudimentary topo contained several climbs. And lo there was shiny new hardware at the top of each pitch and though we saw no other climbers (just hikers) they must come here at some point. C getting ready for a warmup on the foreign rock.
A fun one pitch lead.
In search of some bouldering we took a 45 minute boat ride into one of the other narrow bays. I should mention however that we attempted to make this journey a couple days earlier only to be turned back by high winds and 3 foot swells (a little much for the 12ft boat and 9hp motor). Even with binoculars, from the cabin window the open part of the bay looked mostly calm. Choosing to forgo a water epic we high-tailed it home.
Eventually we made it and this was the view from the top of Casson peak. Light on bouldering, but heavy vistas.
And thats all folks. Climbing does exist up there if your willing to dig around. Other than that its Native American Indian reservations and fishing villages. Hope you enjoyed. Now.... Ice season if it ever gets cold in New England!