Jerry took the ice on lead today. Mount Willard was the perfect place for this. Hitchcock Gully and the Upper East Face Slabs were in fantastic shape. Jerry was in solid form as he steadily led all the routes. Protection was placed were needed and directionals were adding to keep the rope from freezing up in the running water. It is on days like these that all the hard work comes together and a new zone is entered. The zone is the lead area which requires focus, balance, power and a calm cool head.

NH Ice Climb Hitchcock Gully

Lower Hitchcock Gully.

MMG Guides - Ice Climb Hitchcock Gully

The guides Jerry and Alex at the first belay .

Upper Hitchcock Ice Climb

Jerry on Upper Hitchcock Gully.

Hitchcock Gully Ice Climb

Rappelling Upper Hitchcock – to access one more climb.

East Slabs Ice Climbs Mt Willard

Going for the summit – Jerry on lead on the East Slabs route.

Jerry – Great job leading today.

Art Mooney