At this time of year its hard to tell where and when the NH Ice Climbing Conditions are in or not. Yesterday, Laurie and I found ice which was building and forming up at Mt Willard which is a lower elevations ice area compared to Cannon Cliff and Huntington Ravine. The ice climbing conditions were marginal with thin ice, very soft, unbounded areas, mud and unfrozen turf. These conditions are changing for the better especially with this extended cold thats coming on board. About ice climbs, it is generally harder early season, when we first start, then when we get all warmed up by January the ice is thicker and easier to climb. A backward process but one that keeps us focused right out of the gate.
The Crawford tracks covered in a few inches of light snow. This is the start of the approach to the Mt Willard ice climbs named Gully #1, Great Madness, Cinema Gully, Hitchcock Gully, the Cleft and more. This area is home to a variety of excellent waterfall ice routes and alpine gullies.
NH Ice Climbing Conditions
These two links below will keep you informed of the current NH Ice Climbing Conditons.
Left Hand Monkey Wrench WI3 in lean condition. This is alternate way to climb to the East Face Slabs and Upper Hitchcock, esp if lower Hitchcock is busy or out of shape.
Talus slope leading to the East Face Slabs right.
East Face Slabs right coming into pretty good condition.
Upper Hitchcock Gully in thin NH Ice Climbing Conditions.
Laurie and I are on a mentorship program together, a new direction, with excitement, challenge and education. Mileage on the ice is our first priority, second is the upgrade of technical skills. To round it out we will learn the soft skills needed to guide our guests on New Hampshire’s rock climbs, ice routes and mountain faces.
Laurie on the summit of Mt Willard with the entire valley of Crawford Notch below. Mt Webster on the left and Mt Willey on the right. This is a fantastic alpine and ice climbing venue, one of the best!!!
Thank you Laurie, today was a very fun and exciting time for both of us.
Art Mooney – Mooney Mountain Guides