Kinsman Notch is a small ice climbing area located in a sheltered forested location minutes away from Lincoln NH. The routes are all single pitch with one exception the Beast. The small size of the area does not reflect the true quality one finds on many of the routes. Kinsman has always been a favorite area, one that I frequent when the weather turns bad or very cold. This weekend Han joined me for two days, our first at Mt Willard and our second day at Kinsman Notch.
I’ve always known this route as Hanging by a Moment. I posted this photo and Jon Skyes corrected me – the route is called Irish Drool. Climb the pillar then traverse left onto to rock slab then climb another slab up[ to the forest and anchor.
Irish Drool is a favorite ice climb. The pillar is fragile so movement must be delicate. The slab above is thinly covered in ice keeping the leader engaged right to the top. Han and I had a great day at Kinsman with a warm up climb on the center flow followed by a steep bubbly challenge on the Beast. On our way out we stopped at Irish Drool and bagged the first ascent of the season.
Han was psyched, with two really fun days on the ice. Any ice climbing in December is considered a bonus and it really set the stage for a good season ahead.
Thank you Han for a great weekend.
Condition photos below for Kinsman on December 18.
Pot of Gold area.
Route just left of Irish Drool.
The Beast Area.