/ New Hampshire ice climbing
I'm considering spending 4th-30th December in New Hampshire, quite close to some of the ice climbing there (40 mins from Concord). Has anyone climbed out there, how reliable are ice conditions?
Also any advice r.e. must-dos and lesser known gems would be appreciated.
That bit of footage makes my palms sweat. Horrible to watch.
There's a guide book: An Ice Climber's Guide to Northern New England by Rick Wilcox.
It's on Amazon here
Lots of route information on MountainProject: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/106099658/nh-ice-and-mixed
Pinnacle Gully is awesome; lots of good climbing at Frankenstein and on Mt. Willard.
December is usually a bit early, but it really varies a lot from year to year. Jan/Feb usually more reliable. Having said that we're not talking Scotland here.... I guided there for 10 winter seasons (dec thru march) and almost never had to cancel a day out.
Compared to the UK conditions are very reliable.
Lake Willoughby Vermont is another good spot and further North, if you don't mind a couple of hours drive.
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Do it now!
Unless it's just before bed in which case you might not sleep well. I think my imagination is just a bit too good, I can see the dinner plates and sudden unforeseeable fractures in the ice...ugh...
He's not bad, that House lad, is he?
"We get kind of attached to having a future."
Amen to that!!
looking at going out in mid Jan 2019 if anyone interested.
> I'm considering spending 4th-30th December in New Hampshire, quite close to some of the ice climbing there (40 mins from Concord). Has anyone climbed out there, how reliable are ice conditions?
> Also any advice r.e. must-dos and lesser known gems would be appreciated.
Hi check out www.neclimbs.com the best climbs are up and around crawford notch, frankenstiens cliff is a must (Dracula a classic ) and further up at lake willoughby, the ones further south are ok, but around crawford there's some amazing routes, for conditions check ne c. When we went conditions where really good a couple of days where slightly cold -30, then the next year it was a bit spars so you never can tell, but there will be something in...
Dracula is a fine climb - a classic ... but for a real chilly thrill you should ride the back country trails on a hired snowmobile.
> Dracula is a fine climb - a classic ... but for a real chilly thrill you should ride the back country trails on a hired snowmobile.
Hi Paul... Er would that be the snowmobile, which you was driving at 60mph and you never see the single lane road in front of you, and with some bit of luck with me on the back some how cleared it and the snowbank, you crazy fool... ;-)))) great trip huh , very jealous of Rob T, going there..
If your faith is strong then a snowmobile can fly.
Also if you don't see the stop sign.
Must go there myself one day...
The forum up there is https://www.neice.com/xenforo/index.php#community-forums.34
This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are...
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