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