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Author Topic: Coldest places to climb in NE  (Read 1283 times)

eric8

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Coldest places to climb in NE
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:36:13 PM »

Maybe this has been discussed before but I couldn't find it.  But what are the coldest/windest places to climb in the summer months? (in NE) I know lots of places that get shade, orange crush in the morning at rumney, wall of early morning light at farley in the afternoon, catherdal in the afternoon, etc. but I have to be honest when it is 90 and humid even the shade with no breeze isn't enough for me to climb comfortably (I'm a big guy, I have to much insulation).  I think wild river might be the best place that is consistently good in hot weather but is also a 4 hour drive for me, so not really day trip-able.  So what are the best places (coldest/most exposed to wind) you can think of???
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 04:17:45 PM »

Pinnacle on Mt. Washington, Otter Cliffs and Great Head in Acadia.

Other than that an air conditioned gym.
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 05:06:30 PM »

Mt Willard, not exactly in the shade but breezy, can offer some relief but you will still be dripping sweat onto your slab moves.
Across the Universe even has a shade tree to belay the last pitch.

North Bald Cap has been really breezy each time I've been there as well.
Keep heading North but I don't think cold happens for a while.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2013, 05:10:46 PM by DGoguen »
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013, 06:24:15 PM »

When it is 90 and humid it's pretty much gonna suck. No matter your size.

Just sayin'.
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 07:05:36 PM »

When it is 90 and humid it's pretty much gonna suck.

Some days are better left to swimming and Ice Cream.
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 09:17:28 PM »

Precipice in Acadia, Cannon, Katahdin, Huntington, Echo Crag in Franconia (lots of shade but all single pitch), I’ve only been to Camden once but I would imagine it is cooler than most inland areas... On brutal days Saco Crag is nice as you can jump in the river almost every other climb (but they are short climbs)...

May go without saying but wearing 50 SPF and climbing with a 100oz CamelBak with iced watered down Gatorade or equivalent can get me through just about anything...

Cotton T-shirts are a must in the hot & humid as well... even the best synthetics “feel” warmer than thin cotton to me...
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2013, 09:20:02 PM »

Remember ...... Climbing in that heat makes the swimming and ice cream that much better after ;)
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 09:18:08 AM »

Willard has got to be one of the last places i'd want to be on on a hot day... faces directly south and those slabs get baked.  No place really is good, but profile in Franconia notch may be the best bet... mostly in the shade and west facing. Of course being in the shade causes it to take a while to dry out... there is a lake across the road!
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 09:44:36 AM »

Original start of WG to the 5.8 variation. In the shade most of the way and a refrigerated breeze blowing up your shorts most of the way. Can be a cluster on the wrong day/at the wrong time. Alpine start would fix that.

Mt Oscar has always seemed pretty cool to me most times I've climbed there, but not sure on the aspect. At least the belays are in the shade. X the street, Sugarloaf gets sun, but always seems to get a breeze. Of course, there's an obligatory hike up. For both, though, there's the creek right there to keep the brews cold and for a post-climb (or pre-climb?) dip.

Good luck.

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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2013, 03:19:46 PM »

Early A.M. west to north facing.
P.M. switch it around to east and still north facing. 
Pop quiz: which cliffs face west or north in the Whites?
« Last Edit: July 03, 2013, 03:23:48 PM by smartpig »
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2013, 03:25:27 PM »

Head up to 10,000 feet and.. oh, wait a minute wrong place. :P
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2013, 05:08:02 PM »

Willard has got to be one of the last places i'd want to be on on a hot day... faces directly south and those slabs get baked.  No place really is good, but profile in Franconia notch may be the best bet... mostly in the shade and west facing. Of course being in the shade causes it to take a while to dry out... there is a lake across the road!

Great suggestions, and I find Profile dries super quick do to it having a breeze almost constantly and there isn't much run-off above (opposed to the ever seeping Echo below)
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2013, 09:56:24 PM »

Early A.M. west to north facing.
P.M. switch it around to east and still north facing. 
Pop quiz: which cliffs face west or north in the Whites?

Stop it man. You're making my head hurt. Not sure which way I'm facing right now....
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2013, 06:04:16 AM »

otter cliffs gets shade midmorning(ish). add to that it is feet from the ocean it stays so it stays relatively cool.
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Re: Coldest places to climb in NE
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 08:43:10 AM »

In general the Geriatric Walls at Humphreys are in the shade at the base and a few of the climbs are fully shaded.
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