Trad Rock: Henderson Ridge (5.4), Mt. Washington

Trad Rock:  Henderson Ridge (5.4), Pinnacle (5.7), Huntington Ravine, Mt. Washington


*** Weather Permitting***

The Team's: Everyone Gets Wait Listed..!

As always the size of the Meetup is based on how many people the area can handle & the number of lead climbers who RSVP for the Meetup....!

For each lead climber we pair you up with one experienced belayer and then we can add one newbie climber/Follower.

Its always the understanding that the "Newbie/Follower" as at a minimum has climbed before outside on rock. But just no capable for leading on rock and also has knowledge of the climbing knots and all the gear required.

Sign up...  First to RSVP is the first to fill a opening based on experience needed.

Don't forget no helmet no climbing!!! Period...


Experience Requirements:

People will need to have ample climbing and hiking experience for this event. This climb requires generally 6 miles/3000 feet gained in hiking and climbing, on rugged trails. You should know the basic rules of hiking and climbing (e.g., see hikesafe.com). If it doesn't look like you have the experience, you can't go. Please don't take it personally.


Description:

Mt. Washington Huntington Ravine has several excellent multi-pitch rock climbs, including Henderson Ridge, and Pinnacle. 

Please refer to the links below, and Jerry Handren's excellent book North Conway Rock Climbs. http://www.mountainproject.com/v/huntington-ravine/105890655

We will be breaking up into teams and climbing different routes in Huntington Ravine in order to minimize backup problems. I don't recommend more than a couple teams on each route. The recommended routes are:

Henderson Ridge (5.4): http://www.mountainproject.com/v/henderson-ridge/106410481 . http://www.summitpost.org/henderson-ridge/273926 . This route is four pitches, and tops out near the Nelson Crag Trail, but I recommend climbers traverse over to the Alpine Garden Trail, then exit via Lion Head Trail instead hiking to the summit.

Northeast Ridge of Pinnacle (5.7): http://www.mountainproject.com/v/northeast-ridge-of-the-pinnacle/106304119 http://www.summitpost.org/northeast-ridge-of-the-pinnacle/166636 . This route is five pitches, and tops out near the Alpine Garden Trail.

Cloud Walker (5.7 or 5.8): Two/three pitches. This really is a great climb. But, once at top, you will need to decide to either rap down and hike up (or down) the Huntington Ravine Trail, or bushwhack along Central Buttress to the Alpine Garden Trail. If you do that, make sure to switch into pants as the pine scrub is just brutal, I can attest. Keep to the right as much as possible because there is sort of a path there.

Note: all routes in Huntington will take around 2 to 3 hours to hike into the area. After a break, plan on 30/45 minutes per pitch. From the Alpine Garden Trail, it will take around 2 hours or so to hike out. The hiking distance will be approximately 6 miles. This is a true "alpine climb": plan on taking somewhere around 8 hours or more for this climb.

You will need helmet, harness, hiking shoes, rock shoes, 2 lockers, belay device, two prussic loops, water, food, personal first aid kit, headlamp.

Leading you will need light 60 m rope, rack, additional lockers, runners, etc.

WEATHER: The weather on Mount Washington can be unpredictable. Therefore, we will generally need to wait until one or two days before the event in order to call it.

Wind is generally the biggest concern. Winds around 40 MPH or lower are OK, but gusts above that make for slower walking. Therefore, if the weather is generally fair, but winds over 40 MPH, we will climb something else, such as Whitehorse.

If Mt Washington is experiencing rain or drizzle, we won't be climbing that day, and may have to reschedule. Generally, I will cancel it if the probability for rain is over 25%.


Overnight: Because we will be starting early, I recommend for people to find accommodations in the area for the night before. The Conway Hostel (http://www.whitemountainshostel.com/) offers a bunk bed for about $25.


Climbing Teams:  View your assigned team here.....!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0At0IBRDDzQ8FdHJoQzZXenZSaDkzT2RUeERPNG96T0E&usp=sharing


 Carpooling:

Place a thread here on the board and see if others are willing...


Gear required:

You will need the listed rock climbing gear in the files section of our meetup page on line.

This is not a Meetup for folks that need to Rent on the same day as this Meetup.

Link to gear list:   Note: no Helmet = No climbing! Period!

http://files.meetup.com/1688204/Gear%20List%20-%20Rock%20Climbing%20%28Follower%2905042013.pdf


Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of an climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, even hiking to a destination may result in injury or death. Weather, Trail conditions be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, or avalanche can all incur injuries’ and/or death.

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. Seek your own additional resources of information.  You as an active member! Perhaps, lacking any of the following, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt…. Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Dragging yourself out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize.

It’s always your right to back out and live the good life with all the rest of the human race eating cheese doodles and Twinkie’s in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers

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  • Catherine W.

    Thanks, Ken, for organizing, and to everyone for a great day. Chris, Maureen, and I stayed over Saturday night and went up Thin Air on Sunday morning -- we almost made it to the top before the rain started...

    July 28

  • Ken D.

    Thanks all for coming. I hope everyone enjoyed the climbing and hiking. I had a great time.

    July 28

  • Guthrie M.

    Thanks for organizing Ken! Had a fun time.

    July 27

  • Jeffrey D.

    Pinnacle group down 630. Great day!

    July 26

    • Jeffrey

      Thanks Jeff. Good to know you are all down. We watched you from Henderson...awesum climb for you guys. We made it back @ 5:45.

      July 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can climb the route on Sunday. I lead and have rope and gear. [masked]

    July 24

  • Chris L.

    Does anybody want to carpool? I will be leaving the Boston/Somerville area around 4:45 am Saturday. There is a good chance I will be staying overnight Saturday and maybe climbing or hiking on Sunday before coming back. I will be taking rt1 -> rt95-> 16 the whole way up so if your along the way I can pick you up.

    July 24

  • Catherine W.

    Hi all,

    Does anyone have a spare rope (or even better, a pair of doubles) that Deb and I could borrow on Saturday? I recently ordered a pair of doubles that I was hoping to use but Sterling is taking forever to ship them, and my single rope is fatter than I really want to deal with on this climb (10.2mm). So if anyone has a thinner single that they'd be willing to lend, I'd really appreciate it.

    Cheers,
    Catherine

    July 24

    • Catherine W.

      Thanks, Ken.

      July 24

    • Chris L.

      I will also bring my[masked]m if we want to use that.

      1 · July 24

  • Ken D.

    Hey Folks,

    I adjusted the partner list once again. Looks like Catherine/Chris and Jeff/Maureen are heading over to Pinnacle. If you want to swap partners, be my guest. Jeffrey, you and I are heading up Henderson. Guthrie/Casey, I assume you are coming up Henderson. If you have any concerns, let me know. Of course, partner lists could change once again. :(

    BTW: If anyone is in North Conway Friday before IME/IMCS closing time, I'm in need of a GiGi (not GriGri). Could someone pick up a nice colored one for me???? :) I will probably be arriving late. Someone swiped my GiGi before I had a chance to mark it. I have alternatives, but I prefer the good old Gigi plate.

    Ken

    July 24

  • Catherine W.

    Hi all,
    I'm planning to drive up on Friday afternoon and stay at the hostel in Conway. I'm booked to stay for two nights -- hoping to do a bit of climbing on Sunday before heading back to Boston -- maybe at Humphrey's Ledge? Open to suggestions.

    Cheers,
    Catherine

    July 20

    • Maureen

      Hi Catherine,
      I'm headed up Friday night and would like to do a bit of climbing on Sunday before heading back to Boston as well. I'm totally new to the area, so have zero preference. Confident trad follower and am trying to get into leading (only have a set of nuts).

      July 20

    • Chris L.

      I'd also be interested in climbing Sunday. Will be camping in the area.

      July 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am having a bad scheduling problem with SAT. Would someone like to join me to do the route on SUN?

    July 19

    • Chris L.

      I would like to do that route with you Sunday as I was put back on the waiting list for Saturday...

      July 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      unfortunately, prior to receiving you message, I told a MTProject person that I would climbRumneythat day.

      July 20

  • Ken D.

    Hi Folks, Next weekend is the climb. I've updated the team list with the latest attending. Please have a look at it. There are four teams, ten people total. I will be going up Henderson; Catherine will be going up Pinnacle. Ideally there should be no more than two teams on a route since it take time to climb. If you were set in wanting to go on a particular route, let me know, and I'll try to change the grouping. Alternatively, your group could go to do another similar climb, like Whitehorse Standard. If you were placed back on the wait list, I couldn't match you with a leader (or in Lin's case, a scheduling problem). My recommendation is to work on top roping. Let me know. -Ken

    July 20

    • Ken D.

      PS. Let me know if you made reservations already, or any other concerns. Thanks. -K

      July 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Changed my RSVP. Too many people. Maybe another climb.

    July 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Tutti,

    I would like to be near n.conway climbing more than 1 day.

    I could meet someone and climb the day before the group climb and/or the day after.

    I will sleep in my sport wagon and am prepared to cook out,but eating in is also good.

    July 5

    • Chris L.

      That sounds like fun. I'd be up for that, tho I would not be able to get there friday early enough to climb, so maybe we could climb Sunday. I'd probably bring camping gear and stay in my tent rather in my car.

      July 9

    • Catherine W.

      I'd be up for a second day of climbing as well -- either Friday or Sunday would work for me. Not sure where I'll stay -- probably camp somewhere nearby.

      July 10

  • Pam

    Hi. I signed up on Friday evening and was put on the wait list. I am an experienced climber and confident second. Just starting to lead. Would like to join if you have room

    Pam

    July 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    The 26th looks doable for me but if work comes up for that day I'll have to take it. Gonna miss a lot of work this month with Rainier on my to-do list so the money would be nice. If it's okay, I'd also like to bring my GF (she can follow a 5.4 with ease and scrambles well). Also, is there a summit planned? I ask because I actually need MW for July (for the Grid). Thanks.

    July 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to do this route. I have the gear and the experience, but realize that stuff can happen; therefor; I insist on a belayer who has experience and knows what is going on, preferably someone who also leads and knows what that means.

    July 1

  • Geoff N.

    still on the wait list????? OK

    June 26

    • Ken D.

      Geoff, Please join if you like. Sorry, but I didn't edit the RSVPs until this morning in order to give everyone a chance to voice in a date. We will need leaders.

      June 27

    • Geoff N.

      Wish I could make it that day, turns out I can't. Jumped the gun...

      June 29

  • Brian G.

    Can't make it on the 26th, out of town. Have fun everyone!

    June 27

  • Ken D.

    Hi Folks, I'm going to schedule this for July 26 with a rain day of July 27. Everyone will go on the list, but I expect a few are going to drop out. We're going to have to split up and have some do something else besides Henderson. Note, I'm not a professional climber, so I will be slow. (Yes, slow, but safe.) My recommendation is that some instead go up Pinnacle, which is significantly harder -- 5.7 -- but rewarding. There are others. See Handren J. North Conway Rock Climbs. 2012: 282-7. The focus will be Huntington, otherwise it's another meetup. I'm going to try to set up questions, so we know what the skills are of each. In lieu of re-RSVPing to answer the questions, you could just send me an email with (a) what you can do (lead or follow), (b) what level (e.g., 5.7 lead, follow 5.8), (c) what you'd like to do (e.g. Henderson, Pinnacle, ...). Please don't use the comments section to answer the questions. --Ken

    June 27

    • Ken D.

      Jay has thankfully already set up questions for this event. When you get a chance, please re-RSVP in order to answer the questions. Please try to do this by July 4 so I can set up teams. If you need more info on Henderson and the various other routes, I can email you more information.

      June 27

  • Jeffrey

    Hey everyone...how does one of these dates sound: 7/22, 7/23 or 7/24?

    1 · June 25

    • Catherine W.

      Any of those dates (22-24, 26, 27) will work for me. No particular preference for weekday or weekend.

      June 26

    • Lovena (Lovey) H.

      26th or 27th would work for me as well

      June 26

  • Jeffrey D.

    I vote for saturday, I need Sunday to recover from a big adventure;-)

    June 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested, but need the date before knowing if I can do this of not.

    June 25

  • Jay B.

    Ok, Ken its all up there.. all you need to do is copy it and re-post.... If I can make it I will... I trying new shoes this weekend with my problem feet and once i am working with a pair that I can live with on my feet for at least a half of day then I am all for heading further into woods for multie pitch climbs.

    June 25

  • Jay B.

    Great Ken.. You have found some interested folks.. You will need to re-post the Meetup with the added waiver and questions. I will fill it in above for you and pick you have to just pick a "Date"

    June 25

  • Catherine W.

    If it's after July 12th, I'd definitely be up for this. (Or for Whitehorse or Cannon) I can lead.

    June 25

  • Rona

    Interested, depending on the date!

    June 25

  • Sonia

    I'd definitely be interested. I don't lead, but I'm a good 2nd. My schedule is pretty flexible--I'd even be up for going during the week if others could do it. Thanks!

    June 24

  • Brian G.

    Hey Ken, depending on date I would definitely be up for this climb. I started trad leading last year and would be comfortable in leading 1 or 2 folks up.

    June 24

  • Jeffrey

    Depending on the date. I will be hiking in CO from 7/10 to 7/20. Free after that date. Keep me posted please.

    June 24

  • Ken D.

    Hey Folks, Thanks for emailing. Jay has set up a meetup this Sunday (June 29). Unfortunately I can't make that. Instead, I'll change this thread to Henderson Ridge, and suggest a date in mid July, of course open to what we can agree on. I can bring up two 2nds no problem. However, 5.4 is a very good level to start leading if you want to try a little bit.

    June 24

  • Jeffrey

    Ken I am available during the week. I am not a leader. Possibly have a very expierenced friend who can join us.

    June 20

    • Ken D.

      Hi Jeffrey, I can do this in the midweek sometimes, after July 4th week. Also looking to do some long multipitch climbs: Henderson Ridge on Mt Washington, Lakeview on Cannon, and Beginner's on Whitehorse. Interested in any of these? Ken

      June 21

    • Jeffrey

      Ken all three of these routes are acceptable to me. I especially like the Henderson Ridge area near Mt Washington. It is a longer hike in, aproximately two hours, alternative is to take the toll road up to Alpine Garden path and walk in from there. That would cut the time down to a fraction, but then again there is the cost of the tool road to deal with. My sceond choice would be Beginner's on Whitehorse.

      June 23

  • Lovena (Lovey) H.

    I'd be interested - you know I second

    June 23

  • Chris L.

    I am interested but also not a leader.

    June 23

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