Route 302 at Willey House Station Road, Hart's Landing, NH
Note: This climb is tentative. It will depend on conditions of the gully. Please answer all the questions; you can't go on this climb unless we know your level of experience.
Time to do a nice easy multi-pitch snow and ice climb...Shoestring. This is probably my favorite climb: great views, relaxing, easy snow and ice (WI2), four or so pitches. Shoestring is located on Webster Cliff, the southern most gully located on the cliff. The plan is to start at 8 AM, climb the gully, then return via the Webster Cliff Trail. If you want to do the 5.5 rock route (chimney) instead, we can give that a try. This climb will probably end around 3 PM, depending on how busy the gully is. Although it is easy, this is a popular climb, and we will need to be on our guard. If conditions in the gully are poor, or weather forecast is bad, we'll try another day.
We will need ratio of one lead climber capable of WI2, preferably with experience with climbing Shoestring Gully, to two second climbers. Seconds will need to have experience in top rope climbing at a minimum. Please answer the questions I ask in the RSVP.
The group size will be limited to 9 (three leads; six seconds).
All will need their own mountaineering boots, crampons, harness, locking biner+belay device, helmet, balaclava, two or more pairs of gloves (they get wet), water proof (eg, Gore-Tex) tops and bottoms, warm fleece layers, and thermal wicking layer. In addition, each must have their own two technical ice tools. But, because this is an alpine climb, try to keep light. Leaders will need rope, biners, webbing, ice screws, rock pro, etc. We'll have to coordinate to make sure we bring the right gear.
Let's meet up at 8 AM at the Webster Cliff Trail parking lot (the southern end of the Webster Cliff Trail that is in the Notch).
For more information, check out the FAQ's on ice climbing.
For more information on Shoestring, http://www.summitpost.org/shoestring-gully/168328
A nice video of the last pitch of the climb: http://vimeo.com/9492026
If staying overnight, consider lodging at the White Mountains Hostel: http://www.whitemountainshostel.com/