The New England Section has a long tradition of gathering, bringing climbers together from across multiple generations. Join one of our biannual barbecues at Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire and you’re likely to bump into a mix of climbers, from someone on their first trip to the White Mountains to a local legend who put up some of the area’s classics. New England AAC Members also gather at numerous community slide shows throughout the year, several ice festivals, and an annual dinner in Boston. The New England Section hosts the Northeast Craggin Classic every September.
New Englanders have some great crags in their backyards, including Rumney, Pawtuckaway, Smuggler’s Notch, Lake Willoughby, Boston’s Quincy Quarries (Henry’s Barbers first crag), Hammond Pond, College Rock, Crow Hill, Rock Rimon, and the famed Cathedral Ledge.
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Meet Your Section Chairs:
Rick Merritt grew up and lives in Norwell, Massachusetts. His love of mountains began with family vacations to the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the late 1960s. Hiking with his father eventually led to rock climbing and to ice climbing and to the AAC. Rick has climbed throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, South America, Africa, and Switzerland. He became a member of the AAC in 1989 and has volunteered for the Club since the 1990's. He became NE Section Co-Chair in 2009 when Nancy Savickas became the Chair. Over the years, Rick has become known as the New England Section grill master, sometimes cooking for as many as 60 attendees at the summer and fall barbecues. When not climbing, Rick enjoys family, politics, golf and fishing.
Nancy Savickas caught the climbing bug on a trekking trip to Nepal in the mid-eighties. Since then she has learned the skills necessary to travel in the mountains and on rock and ice. She’s been lucky enough to have climbed on all but one continent. Her first love is ice and alpine climbing but a weekend in the Gunks on warm rock is great too.
She’s been a member of the AAC since 1995 and has served served as chair of the New England Section since 2010. In addition to the AAC she is a card carrying member of the UK's Lancashire Mountain Club. She resides south of Boston with a variety of parrots and tortoises.