Alpine Rock Climbing
The past weeks high temperature and humidity called for a day of alpine rock climbing. Terry and I took on an adventure, hiking and climbing high on the mountain slope above Franconia Notch, NH. The Flatiron is one of our favorite alpine crags. This formation is steep, clean, and exposed. Its an alpine crag 90 feet tall, shaped like an iron, tilted back just off vertical, and sculpted of beautiful granite stone. Salt Packed Pig Sac 5.8, Puckered Pork 5.9+, and Little Porky 5.9 are the three testy rock climbs located on the Flatiron Wall. All routes were crafted by Jon Sykes and crew and are well worth the visit.
Overview photos of the area – Flatiron on left, Eaglet out of view behind the Flatiron, and Eagle Cliff on the right. The Flatiron is the bright white line just left of center. To approach one takes a direct line from the bike path up to the base of the wall. Allow 30 minutes for this approach.
New bolted anchor installed at the top of Flatiron. Thanks goes out to Jon Sykes for his good work keeping these Notch area rock routes in excellent condition.
Terry is climbing the steep and exposed Puckered Pork. Bring your A game for this line!!! Rack up with 10 alpine draws and a selection of small to mid sized gear. There are numerous cruxes and each can be protected before one starts into the moves.
Two 60 meter ropes are needed to rappel back to the base. A favorite choice of rope is the thin and lightweight 7.5mil Mammut Twilight ropes. Paired up with a set of these ropes and you will find they are a perfect choice for these long winding alpine rock climbing routes.
Little Porky is the newest addition to the wall. A bolted line on and left of the arete gives one and airy and exposed climbing experience.
From the top of the Flatiron you can view the Eaglet Spire, Garcia Vega corner and wall behind.
Rock climbing in Franconia Notch area is a wonderful experience. Most of the time you will have the place to yourself. One can expect a breeze, and temps are always a bit cooler than in the valley areas.
Join Art for a day of alpine rock climbing day in Franconia Notch. The Eaglet Spire, and the Flatiron will certainly prove to be a great choice for your next guided rock climb.
Contact Art here – Art Mooney IFMGA Mountain Guide