Summer Road Trips: For The Climbers

first_imgLocation: WEST VIRGINIADistance: 239 milesDriver: Deb SimonGuide, Hard Rock Climbing; Medical Trainer, Vertical Medicine ResourcesFayetteville, W.va.“My husband Bryan and I have traveled all over the U.S. and climbed all over the world and, from my standpoint at least, I think West Virginia is the best place in the world. The rock quality is the best, too, and the people of West Virginia are just really amazing souls. I’m honored to be able to call West Virginia home, and I think you’ll love it, too.”Day 1  |  0 miles | PrincetonSet off at the southernmost end of the state near Pipestem Resort State Park. Climbers looking to warm up with some bouldering and crowd-free crags should check out the climbing area at Bozoo, which is located on Shanklin’s Ferry Campground. The rock here is comprised of bullet hard patina, and even in the dead of summer, this shaded crag keeps impressively cool. Though there are a few sport and trad routes here, really it’s the 2.5 miles of boulders that most climbers come for. Overlooking the New River, this quiet bouldering oasis is a pretty sweet (and cheap) spot to post up for the night, too—it’s only $9 per night for groups of six or less—but if you forgot to bring food, you may need to press on to Fayetteville, as this crag is pretty far from any restaurants or grocery stores.Summersville LakeDay 2  |  75.9 miles | Princeton — FayettevilleRise and shine early to beat the heat (and the crowds) at the New River Gorge. Though by no means an off-the-beaten path climbing destination, the climbing in the area is vast and diverse enough that you can find ways to avoid long lines at the crag. Your best bet is to ask the awesome folks at Waterstone Outdoors. If you don’t have a guidebook, you can buy one here and also pick the brains of the many climbers on staff. The two guiding services in town, Hardrock Climbing and New River Mountain Guides, are also great resources and offer the whole gamut of customized climbing trips.Some of Deb’s favorite moderate trad routes in the New are Fantasy (5.8) and Black and Tan (5.10a) over at Endless Wall. For sport climbing, drive a little farther out of town to the Lower Meadow or Summersville Lake. The latter can get pretty crowded in the summer (and with good reason—who can pass up lakeside climbing on a hot day?) but some of the harder classics like Under the Milky Way (5.11d) tend to be less overrun compared to the moderate suite. Fortunately, even on a weekend you can find peaceful climbing at the Lower Meadow, which requires a good 10-minute hike in to reach. Some of the New’s classic routes are located here, like Doug Reed’s Toxic Hueco (5.11d) and Lynn Hill’s Greatest Show on Earth (5.13a, trad).After a hard day of climbing, head into Fayetteville for either gourmet pizza at Pies & Pints or stick-to-your-ribs sandwiches at Secret Sandwich Society. Most of the waiters and waitresses at any restaurant in the Ville are climbers, paddlers, and raft guides, so you can pretty much bank on your server having the lowdown on beta. Live tunes over at The Grove (located above Secret) are always a blast, and if you want to keep the party rollin’ after the show, pick up a six-pack of local beer from Studio B and head over to the New River Gorge American Alpine Club Campground ($20 per night for AAC members, $24 for Access Fund members, $30 for non-members). There’s always a campfire going at one of the big fire pits here, and it’s an easy place to pick up a climbing partner for the next day if you’re flying solo.Secret Sandwich SocietyDay 3  |  163 miles | Fayetteville — SenecaIt’s a long haul up through the entire state to Seneca, but if you came to climb West Virginia’s best, you’d be stupid not to make the drive up to the most iconic rock feature in the East. This mammoth flake of white Tuscarora quartzite juts out of the Monongahela National Forest like the back plates on a Stegosaurus. The summits here are exposed and out-of-this-world incredible, providing 360-degree views of practically undeveloped forest.If you’re new to town (or to climbing), pick up a guide with Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides, located inside The Gendarme climbing shop before setting out. Old Mans and Old Ladies is an easy 5.2 multipitch route that will make even newbies hooked on Seneca. Triple S (5.8) is Deb’s favorite though, so if you’re only in town for a day, find out why for yourself (spoiler alert: you better like stemming). Once you’re back on the ground, pay a visit to Harper’s Olde General Store & Front Porch Restaurant, where you can load back up on the calories and admire that beautiful hunk of rock you just climbed.last_img read more

Increased Demand for Local Currency in December – BOJ

first_img The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says total demand for local currency is expected to increase by $18.1 billion or 16.5 per cent, leading to an estimated $128.1 billion in circulation for December 2018.The BOJ indicates that the anticipated increase, which coincides with Christmas festivities, is broadly consistent with the 16.5 per cent growth recorded for December 2017 as well as the five-year average growth rate of 17.3 per cent for the month.Additionally, that it represents an accelerated annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, when compared to 12.9 per cent for December 2017.“When the forecasted change in the general level of consumer prices is taken into account, the projected real growth in currency for 2018 is 10.5 per cent, which is higher than the real growth of 7.3 per cent for the previous year,” the BOJ outlined.The Bank pointed out that projected acceleration in the growth in real currency demand for December 2018 is consistent with the higher growth rate that has been evident between August and November 2018, “possibly associated with a strengthening in real GDP growth and employment over the second half of the year”.A total of $4.2 billion in currency was issued by the BOJ between December 1 and 14, representing a 3.8 per cent growth for the month to date, as against a net issue of $1.4 billion over the same period in 2017.As at December 14, 2017, the stock of currency in the hands of the public and in the vaults of financial institutions amounted to $114.1 billion.There is normally a stronger demand for currency during the month of December, associated with increased spending over the holiday period. Additionally, that it represents an accelerated annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, when compared to12.9 per cent for December 2017. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says total demand for local currency is expected to increase by $18.1 billion or 16.5 per cent, leading to an estimated $128.1 billion in circulation for December 2018. The BOJ indicates that the anticipated increase, which coincides with Christmas festivities, is broadly consistent with the 16.5 per cent growth recorded for December 2017 as well as the five-year average growth rate of 17.3 per cent for the month. Story Highlightslast_img read more