/ 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.
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