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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #135 on: December 08, 2013, 07:03:34 AM »
That's about what I figured Mark. Nice you got up to Dixville and had a good day out. My buddy hiked Mt Crawford yesterday and the trail was a sheet of ice. No snow on the summit either. With the cold now in place stuff should reform quickly. I'm hoping to get out Tuesday or Wednesday.
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #136 on: December 08, 2013, 06:02:29 PM »
Wound up driving to Dixville Notch and did Parasol Gully.

Gotta tick this one off this year.

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #137 on: December 08, 2013, 09:41:18 PM »
FWIW Dracula and standard route looked reasonable from 302.  The amphitheater's going to need a "minute" to get back up to speed.
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #138 on: December 09, 2013, 07:42:03 PM »
Did Willy's and Elephant head gully yesterday. Willy's was super fat, both the right and left variations. Elephant head was candled in the middle, but the right hand variation went at about 2+. We TR'd the middle, and knocked some of the candles down, but left most of it in tact. There were tons of people coming out of Willard when we were there, I have no idea what they were all doing, since it looked thin down low... Frankenstein was almost completely out, but it should rebuild with this current weather cycle.

It was too cold to take photos...

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #139 on: December 11, 2013, 09:15:12 AM »
saw pictures of Standard Route from yesterday, Tuesday 12/10. it looked very good.
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #140 on: December 17, 2013, 03:33:13 PM »
Went to Frankenstein this morning & climbed Cave Route. It was a brutally cold night, but the day started out totally bluebird clear. No one had been into the Amphitheater since the snows and I broke trail up and across to it. Cave was in surprisingly good shape, as was the Widow's Cave pillar just to the right. That said, one of the Widow's Walk daggers came down as I walked up! We met at 9:30 and it was about 0 degrees, but Cave Route was in the sun for about an hour and water was running and it was quite nice. Just as I rapped off after leading it clouds started coming in and temps plummeted, making the ice quite brittle. Another party came in and climbed Pegasus while I was doing the pillar. We both climbed the Widow's Pillar and it was great, after a very tricky start. When we left around 1pm the front was moving through and temps rose to about 12. All in all a worthwhile morning.

I did look at the Amphitheater ice and it's a lot better than it was last Thursday. While not fat it looks as if you can find stuff to do on any of the climbs there. Standard also looks like it's really filled in.

FWIW It started snowing around 2 and it's still coming down.
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #141 on: December 21, 2013, 04:09:10 PM »
IMCS guide Mike Wejchert soloed Welcome to the Machine on Thursday!
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #142 on: December 21, 2013, 10:16:41 PM »
Went up to Mt Willard today with a couple friends who hadn't been out yet. First as can be imagined - it was quite warm. 46 degrees when we finished up.

With the temp everything was very soft and also very wet.

LHMW - climbed to upper tier. Big and fat.

Upper Hitchock - was going to climb but the ice that hangs above looked like it could drop at any moment. Big and fat.

Upper east face left - lots of ice but not all the face was ice covered.

Upper east face right - big and fat.

Cleft - climbed to walk off. Again, same story. Big and fat but Al's favorite rock step had very little ice and was a grunt!

Plenty of ice all over with some climbable and some not. With that by the end of next week with the anticipated cold and all the water flow - things should be great.

The biggest surprise was that there's less snow in Crawford Notch on the ground than there is in Londonderry NH where I live. Bad news for the ski areas for Christmas week.

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #143 on: December 25, 2013, 09:59:42 PM »
If you've been out the past day or 2 please post what you found here. I'm in Philly with the family so I don't know directly what's going on. ThnX
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #144 on: December 26, 2013, 09:25:17 AM »
Al...climbed in Kinsman Notch Christmas Eve Day and climbs for the most part held up pretty well despite the weather. So I would imagine that Crawford Notch and elsewhere would be in similar shape. And its only gotten colder. Mark

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #145 on: December 26, 2013, 01:23:25 PM »
Elephant gully from yesterday (courtesy Ken Domino):

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #146 on: December 26, 2013, 06:08:36 PM »
Grafton amphitheater is in awesome shape!
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #147 on: December 27, 2013, 06:56:05 PM »
Frankenstein: Today the upper parking lot was filled with quite a number of cars parked in the lower lot. Standard, Walk in the Forest, Lost in the Forest, Dracula were all in with people on all of the routes. At the Amphitheater Pegasus and the Rock finish were in with people on the Rock Finish. The Hobbit Couloir looked marginal. Bob's Delight is not in says Marc Chauvin and he would know because he had just finished climbing it (it was very thin). Chia although not as fat as mid season was being climbed by several parties. The Smear looked as if it might go. Several parties were on The Cave Route and were entertained to some pretty large ice falls along Widow Walk.
Get out early if you plan to climb Saturday or Sunday as it will be pretty crowded.
There Al this is as good as it gets from me on reporting ice conditions. Hope you and your family are having fun in PA.

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #148 on: December 27, 2013, 07:37:49 PM »
ThnX David. I appreciate it a lot... Philly is good, back Saturday.
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #149 on: December 29, 2013, 10:43:55 PM »
Elephant gully from yesterday (courtesy Ken Domino):

call me crazy... As I have never climbed this route but have passed it many times... But have those huge boulders always been there? As I drove by earlier today my partner and I discussed how we had never noticed them before.....
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