Monthly Archives: February 2012
Where should we climb today -its 45 degrees? Lets see whats going on at Trollville? Aubrey, Matt and I teamed up for a threesome and drove over to Jackson. NEClimbs said mostly out of shape but we were looking for mixed lines not ice. On our approach we viewed the main part of the cliff which was running with water and the ice looked like slush. We kept our focus and went over to the right side in the shade and found four fantastic lines two ice and two mixed. This 50 foot cliff can put on the pump quickly and we were all quite satisfied by days end.
Aubrey linking a few rock moves onto a short overhang of ice.
Matt leading up our first mixed line M5 (sure).
Aubrey belaying Matt on the M7+
Steel meets the stone.
Aubrey keeping in balance with a solid back step.
It was great for Aubrey and I to get out and climb with Matt. We were mixing it up in more than one way.
This past December Paul and I climbed the Black Dike. Fresh from a Montana ice climbing trip, Paul crushed the route in fine style. Paul returned this President’s Day weekend for a New Hampshire ice sample platter.
The first thing we climbed was the steep left wall of the Trestle Gully at Mt. Willard. This pitch was steep and required delicacy.
Everything on the south face was baked out but Gully 2.5 looked pretty good. Here’s Paul at the top of that climb. We then climbed Cinema Gully, a classic multi-pitch route that leads one to the upper wall of Mt. Willard which hosts many classic routes such as East Face Slab Right.
Day 2 found us at Frankenstein, where we were able to climb Hobbit Couloir, Smear, Pegasus Rock Finish, and Dracula. Paul on Smear.
For Day 3 we visited Kinsman Notch, a wonderful location for single pitch climbs of varying difficulty. Paul got to work on his leading skills, anchor building, belay management, lowering a second, and rappelling.
We also got the chance to climb some difficult ice and mixed routes, such as Hanging by a Moment and The Beast.
Thanks for a great 3 days on the ice.
Matt Ritter MMG Guide
Cathedral Ledge NH is home to the finest ice routes in the area. Jerry and I climbed two of these ice routes in good style – which means sending no falls. Repentance is a must do in the area just see for yourself – the spectacular photo below in todays early morning light. Our plans were to meet early hoping to be the first, we arrived at 6:30 am and the game was ours. Shortly after two local climbers arrived and waited till we topped out to start.
The route is in great shape, even with the missing piece on the crux column. It has received lots of traffic making it easy to draft the pick holes and rebore some screws which helped us move quickly. All the pitches are steep and technical which keep one highly focused.
We topped out early giving the green light to parties waiting below. An awesome day at Cathedral with Jerry.
First sun on Repentance.
Steep warm up on pitch 1.
Mammut Twilight ropes and Pack along with my preferred belay device the Gi Gi.
Jerry mixing it up on pitch 2.
The final move surmount this chockstone. The question seems to be do you go left or right.
Jerry working through the moves on the left side.
Another steep vein of ice is Super Goofers. A NEI 5- that packs a punch.
Turf, rock climbing and tree hugging helps one complete Super Goofers.
It as a historic day for us, two difficult ice routes completed.
Thanks to Jerry.
Today Ken and I met up for a great climbing day on Shoestring Gully, a 2,500 foot climb up Mt. Webster. Shoestring Gully is one of the finest and most sought after alpine climbs in the region. Striking a perfect balance of snow and ice climbing, Shoestring cuts through an orange granite cleft, which deposits its climbers onto the summit of Mt. Webster. From the summit one is afforded wonderful views of Crawford Notch and Mt. Willard.
Here is Ken at the start of the technical difficulties.
Ken enjoying some perfect blue ice.
A look up at one of the prize pitches.
Kenny D on top with Mt. Willey and Willard behind.
Shoestring Gully, an awesome climb in great conditions. Nice work Ken! Thanks for a wonderful day in the hills.
Matt Ritter MMG Guide
Ginny and Ryan took a weekend break and traveled to NH for a mountaineering and ice climbing clinic. Our first day out started with a cold rain on top of 6 inches of heavy slush. I gave Ginny a morning call and update but she and Ryan had two days to climb and wanted to give it a go.
Roads were rough so we made the short drive to Welsh and Dickey to climb and clinic on mountain travel skills. We dressed for the worst and surprisingly kept mostly dry. By 11 the rain stopped and our moods picked up. Mt Dickey and Mt Welsh were climbed. It was quite a sight seeing the upper mountain all encased in ice above the treeline. Just after our summit we stopped for a crampon and ice ax clinic to prepare us for the descent on the steeper slopes of Mt Welsh.
Thanks to Ginny for never wavering due to the rain. We all learned new techniques and enjoyed a great day on the ice covered slabs.
A happy looking Ginny during a wet NH climb.
Our afternoon clinic on crampon and ice axe movements.
The weather was much nicer on our second day. We went to Kinsman and enjoyed a variety of climbs having the place mostly to ourselves.
The ramp was great for Ginny to practice her newly learned skills.
Ryan enjoyed this longer route with we sticky ice.
Mid day this guy brightened up the scene.
Thanks to Ryan and Ginny for coming to NH and climbing with Mooney Mountain Guides.