« Last post by Admin Al on January 09, 2017, 10:46:52 AM »
Brad White and I climbed Winterlude off the Kanc on Friday. It was a real thrash getting in there, even with snowshoes. There was just enough crust to float on top for a step or two, and then you were through and up to your knees! The climb was pretty good, tho as is often the case now, the top out was poor. If you are going to climb it, I suggest going up the middle and then trend left. That way you can hook the tree up there. FWIW I would probably give it another week!
There are several other climbs up there that I did last year, but they aren't IN yet. Apparently someone else was up there, probably before the ice mess, but after the big snow storm. I'd be interested to know what they were doing or if they climbed anything.
I have noticed there there are a number of bolted rock climbs on the right side of the cliff, plus some pretty interesting cracks. I've never been in there in the summer and I would imagine it's fairly humid since the face is somewhat mossy.
The Winterlude area is located on the Kancamagus Highway on a cliff band about 600 yards east of the Albany Covered Bridge over the Swift River, on the opposite side of the road. You can park on the road right now, but not always. it depends on if the plows have winged it out. Of course you can always park in the lot by the covered bridge. It always comes in fairly fat by mid-season.