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Offline bogpetre

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Length of the Ice Season in NE
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:58:57 PM »
Hi all,

I'm fairly new to ice climbing and this is my first season in NE.  I'm looking ahead to the second week of march when I have some time off and was wondering what sort of ice climbing opportunities would still be available around that time of year.  I live in Boston, and have been climbing in NH and the Daks this season, but would be able to drive up into Maine and southern Quebec for ice too if needed.  My alternative plans are to head south for some rock climbing, and I'm trying to get my plans in order.  My question then is how long does ice tend to stick around in this part of the country.

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Re: Length of the Ice Season in NE
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 04:11:38 PM »
Sorry nobody who has actually ice climbed in the last 25 years has chimed in.

March is a crap shoot.  Forget the south-facing stuff.  The shady lower level stuff may be great, or it may all be melted out.   Huntington Ravine will likely be great if that is what you are looking for; I once climbed a melting pinnacle gully on the first weekend in May.

I'd go rock climbing instead, but that is just me, having been out bouldering today.


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Re: Length of the Ice Season in NE
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 04:43:00 PM »
Generally ice conditions are great thru the month of March... even at lower elevations...

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Re: Length of the Ice Season in NE
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 04:55:37 PM »
Sorry nobody who has actually ice climbed in the last 25 years has chimed in.

March is a crap shoot.  Forget the south-facing stuff.  The shady lower level stuff may be great, or it may all be melted out.   Huntington Ravine will likely be great if that is what you are looking for; I once climbed a melting pinnacle gully on the first weekend in May.

I'd go rock climbing instead, but that is just me, having been out bouldering today.

Rock on baby..

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Re: Length of the Ice Season in NE
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 04:56:19 PM »
I've climbed Dracula as late as April 15. You can almost always climb in the ravines through April.
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Re: Length of the Ice Season in NE
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 06:12:01 PM »
Longer days, warmer temps, fat wet climbs, more fitness and confidence.
Extend the season!

Then again Margaritas in J Tree sounds pretty good.
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Re: Length of the Ice Season in NE
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2014, 06:18:57 PM »
Fresh brew at Shelf..this weekend..60 and sunny

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Re: Length of the Ice Season in NE
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2014, 11:25:24 PM »
...Margaritas in J Tree sounds pretty good.

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Re: Length of the Ice Season in NE
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2014, 10:24:47 PM »
Thanks for the info guys.  It's not too much but enough to give me some idea of what to expect, which is what I was looking for.