Author Topic: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.  (Read 52084 times)

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #285 on: November 06, 2016, 05:36:53 PM »
did lafette to haystack and was glad I wore the mountain boots. Could have done it in timberlands but it would have been added stress worrying about how cold and wet my feet might get. also glad to have micro spikes.  It could have been and was done without micro spikes but I certainly apperciated them 8)

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #286 on: November 06, 2016, 08:38:19 PM »
I think that going out up high without microspikes this time of year would be foolish. and besides, they weigh darn close to nothing...
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #287 on: November 06, 2016, 09:16:55 PM »
Did Eisenhower today. I rocked EVOS and some of the other guys rocked hikers. Didn't end up wearing micro spikes but definitely had them along for the ride. It's winter up in them there hills!
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #288 on: December 08, 2016, 08:57:54 PM »
Did LHMW and the Cleft today. LHMW was ok. Three stubbies. Cleft first pitch was thin and the second pitch chockstone was a bitch. Both routes had portions of snow covered rock to negotiate.

Guided party was on east face slabs right and that looked ok. Can't vouch for ice conditions. Didn't walk over to Hitchcock to look. Other stuff forming. Elephants Head getting there.

Things should be a bit better by the weekend.

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #289 on: December 09, 2016, 06:09:57 AM »
it really got colder last night and I'm confident that things will form up really fast.
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #290 on: December 10, 2016, 09:08:41 PM »
Shoestring was climbed by multiple parties today! Not that there was a ton of ice on it!
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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #291 on: December 11, 2016, 08:49:47 AM »
Most of shoestring was super thin and dry. I was supprised that the pond at Wileys was empty. never seen that before.... the direct finish was fat but dry and abused at the exit move. the climb was absolutly mobbed. not really enough ice for protection or good belays but there were partys pitching it out with hikers crawling all arround them. No one got killed and we all had a grand time  8)

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #292 on: December 11, 2016, 08:15:57 PM »
Count me out of that shit. Rather paint something and watch it dry.

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #293 on: December 11, 2016, 09:07:20 PM »
It's going to be an interesting season. Record growth in the sport followed by a really lean year on most accounts...

Some recommendations for folks starting out (or been doing it forever)

Be nice to each other out there. Talk about what route/line you are heading for. Be patient. Don't assume anything. Understand experienced climbers might safely climb a line near you without putting you are risk (Standard has at least 3 viable routes if you don't zigzag your way up it)

Seek out less travelled climbs on weekends (Pilgrimage is a really nice 3- that is much closer to the road than it looks and never gets climbed). Have fun. Make friends. Don't make your girlfriend hate her first time ice climbing.

Keep it fun, stay safe(ish), and see you out there.

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #294 on: December 12, 2016, 06:56:32 AM »
some of the folks I encountered on sat... the passing move on the left was actually a bit spicy ;)

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #295 on: December 12, 2016, 08:28:22 AM »
I once encountered a bottleneck in the same spot, took the left line up into the trees thinking I could just skirt the cliffs and drop back into the gully, didn't work out. The bushwhack from there to the trail was some of the worse I've ever encountered. Judging by the lack of cars along the road and the fading light it was also not the fastest.

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #296 on: December 12, 2016, 12:54:40 PM »
I saw that line straight up to the trees but followed the guys in front of me and the move tip toeing back on to the the route without dropping loose gravel on the folks below was engageing.

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #297 on: December 12, 2016, 05:52:33 PM »
Nothing wrong with sprinkling them with a little gravel. People love that alpine shit.



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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #298 on: December 12, 2016, 06:27:59 PM »
Yes. I get it now. We were practiceing for European climbing ;)

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Re: Crawford Notch: Frankenstein, Mt Willard, Mt Webster, etc.
« Reply #299 on: December 18, 2016, 03:23:43 PM »
Great Madness was climbed on Saturday in what some might consider to be "full conditions".
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