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...
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.
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.....!
Place a thread here on the board and see if others are willing...
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!
Waiver: Read !!!
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.