Rt 16, Pinkhams, NH
Mountaineering: Mt Washington - Climb Huntington Ravine Classic (Long Day)
Skill Level: Indeterminate - Advanced
Mount Washington: is the wildest peak east of the Mississippi River. It is also one of most popular hiking, backcountry skiing, alpine climbing and ice climbing destinations in New England. Affectionately known as "the Rock Pile," it is located in northern New Hampshire just west of NH SR-16 between North Conway (to the south) and Gorham. It is also known as the "Home of the World's Worst Weather" and the world record holder for the fastest wind speed ever measured: 231 mph on April 12, 1934 (See the "Mountain Conditions" section for more info on weather).
This will be the 2nd of many, I hope into the spring....!
Limited by the number of lead climbers whom sign up. As we have lead climbers I can add next the experienced belayer's and then newbie followers as they signed up. First to RSVP is the first followers to be climbing.
Not filling out the questions get you deleted from the all the lists. Attending or waiting. You can re-signup and then fill out the questions but you lose your early RSVP.
Link to Teams List:
How to find Me?
I will be camped over in the Hermit lake shelters or Harvard Cabin Area. Work out the finer details the days just before this Meetup. If your coming up from the parking lot that morning you will want to make sure you arrive by the meeting time of 9am at the trail junction of Tuckermans Ravine Trail and Huntingtons Ravine trail (Fire Road).
The plan is to climb up into Huntington’s Ravine, Via 1 of the 8 classics.
( Climbs Listed Left to Right )
South Gully -- Grade 1
O'dell's Gully -- Grade 2-3
Pinnacle Gully -- Grade 3
Central Gully -- Grade 1
Diagonal Gully -- Grade 2
Yale Gully -- Grade 2-3
Damnation Gully -- Grade 3
North Gully -- Grade 3
Teams can pick any of the following routes and/Or other listed in guide books.
Option #1 Route Description: Pinnacle Gully (WI 3 III)
The approach to the floor of the ravine requires a 2.6 mile hike that climbs 2100' up a wide and generally packed trail. The reason it is wide and packed out is because the US Forest Service Snow Rangers drive a snowcat and snowmobiles up it to do their avalanche forecasts. The descent can be up to 3.5 miles long with a 3400' elevation loss. This, combined with the possibility of a lower snow slope and the climb makes for a long day on the mountain. Given that winter days are short, fitness and efficiency are important qualities a climbing party should posses before climbing in Huntington.
At the base of the climb in mid winter requires a 400' snow climb on 30 to 35 degree snow slopes. The snow slope increases to about 45 degrees; pickets and a shaft-plunged axe work well for the first belay, or you can climb up until you hit ice. The first pitch has sustained ice of about 60 degrees if you follow the line of least difficulty, but depending on conditions you can make this significantly steeper by heading either left or right.
After the steep ice the angle decreases and there is a fixed belay on the left side, under the rock overhang. From there you climb over some snow and then 2 more bulges of ice, but these are smaller and easier than the first. The gully tops out on a snow slope that leads towards the Alpine Garden; most parties follow that up to the Garden and then descend either the Lions Head Trail or the Escape Hatch.
If weather permitting? We can hike the last bit to the summit and return back to the cars knowing we had a full weekend of fun.
Waiver: Read !!!
Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.
Falling off any climbing route or bouldering challenge or other activity, even hiking to a destination may result in injury or death. Weather, Trail conditions a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, can all incur injuries’ and/or death.
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