Each time Jerry and I climb we have an unforgettable experience together. For over five years we have teamed up working from entry level ice routes at the beginning to steep ice lines around New England. This post features Jerry and I climbing a few of the prize ice lines in the Crawford Notch and Frankenstein areas. Ice conditions are prime right now in NH. The routes on Mt Willard as well as the Amphitheater at Frankenstein are in fantastic shape . On Tuesday morning we met up at the Highland Center and marched straight up to the Great Madness. This route is a steep NEI Grade 5 that requires excellent technical skills and efficient movement to ward off any mid pitch forearm pump. We dispatched in a quick and solid style then headed to Gully 1. This duo of routes is a fine combination of steep ice lines on the south face of Mt Willard. On our walk out the beauty of the Snot Rocket pulled us of the tracks. We weaved a line of interesting movements up the first pitch to a spacious belay ledge. The upper pillar had a fragile appearance but we had to take a look. Delicate hooking through holes in the column and quiet placement of the feet got us through to the top. This Snot rocket is an amazing and exciting piece of ice for sure.
Wednesday the choice was the Frankenstein Amphitheater and we began climbing a few of our repeat routes such as Hobbit, Chia, Pegasus. The new addition on this day was a quality gem called – Hard Rane. The start is exciting – thin and technical moves protected by a few stubby screws help my upward momentum. The mid section is slightly fatter but the thin techy theme continued all the way to a boney top out.
By days end my arms felt stretched out and I was packing a big smile. I just spent two fantastic days in the Mooney Mountain Guides office climbing steep ice lines with a great partner and friend. Thank you Jerry.