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Trip Reports / Re: TR: 12 July 2016: HUGE NH LINKUP
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on July 17, 2016, 04:41:29 PM »
Full disclosure Tom you should mention the associated cost. This "approach" ain't cheap!

$29 for car & driver + $9 each passenger.... so $38 for a climbing team of 2!

Also, the road doesn't open until 7:30 am... sometimes later: http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/hours-dates-of-operation

That said using the Auto Road allows for some sweet linkups or a "quick" alpine climb if you have other agendas. The hiking approach from PNVC to the climbing for me usually takes a bit over 2 hours (slower parties have reported 3 hours, really fit teams can probably run it in just over an hour).

The real time saver is being able to get back to the car 30 minutes after the pitched climbing ends (vrs. 1.5 hours if you hustle down Lion's Head Trail).

A real disclaimer is needed here regarding weather.

DO NOT use the auto road approach if there is a chance of afternoon thunderstorms/poor weather. You do not want to "retreat up" in poor weather, and the rock pile sees a lot of iffy weather. Pick a nice high pressure day for this tactic!

I haven't done a link up near this size yet but I did do a Pinnacle/Salt Packed/Eaglet day years ago that was pretty fun.
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Trip Reports / Re: TR: 12 July 2016: HUGE NH LINKUP
« Last post by TC on July 17, 2016, 07:14:24 AM »
Nick - Dave is 29 and I'm 45.  The Huntington Ravine Trail ends (or in this case, begins) up at the Cow Pasture on the Auto Road.  It's a little less than 7 miles up the Auto Road, and there are two small parking areas on either side of the road.  The trail leaves directly from the parking area on the south side of the road.   
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Partner Exchange / Re: double presi
« Last post by z.st.jules on July 17, 2016, 06:56:46 AM »
Ended up just doing a single traverse. Couldnt find a partner for a double. Ribs gave me a bit of trouble but not bad really.
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Partner Exchange / Re: double presi
« Last post by Nick Grant on July 16, 2016, 11:32:56 PM »
Don't trip and fall on your ribs.  Ouch.
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Trip Reports / Re: TR: 12 July 2016: HUGE NH LINKUP
« Last post by Nick Grant on July 16, 2016, 11:05:33 PM »
Dave, that was a great post and a great day out.  I'm curious how old are you and Tom?  Also, where do you park on the Auto Road to jog into the bottom of Pinnacle Gully in a half and hour?  Is there a trail?
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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan, Politics) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by dpen on July 15, 2016, 07:34:17 PM »
Jeff,  I think Schilling is super good, been a few times.

Great selection of brews and great scenery out on the deck.

--D
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Rock Climbing: Trad / Re: Stellar weather at Cannon today
« Last post by Admin Al on July 14, 2016, 10:46:24 PM »
Wel I guess that guy lived, and hopefully he learned. I remember the first time I led that pitch, almost 30'years ago with my wife Alyssa. It certainly was entertaining. I hope I dint puff and pant as much as he did tho...
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New Rock Routes / Re: New routes Mt Forist far left
« Last post by Admin Al on July 14, 2016, 10:20:50 PM »
I went there last week too. Had an ancient hand-drawn topo... Started where the trail met the cliff, then worked our way right... climbed 6 or so 2-3 pitch routes but didn't encounter anything harder than maybe easy 5.8? Until the last climb, far to the right, past the ladder, a long single pitch, maybe 5.9.   A cool, big cliff, fun, but when I go back I'd be looking for something a little harder. I heard there are a couple 10s way up and right somewhere?

The climb on the far right is Birthday Boy and is 5.9. I put it up last fall on Nov. 3rd with Joe and Judy Perez.
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Trip Reports / Re: TR: 12 July 2016: HUGE NH LINKUP
« Last post by Admin Al on July 14, 2016, 10:14:59 PM »
Great stuff man. One hell of a day, that's for sure!
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Trip Reports / Re: TR: 12 July 2016: HUGE NH LINKUP
« Last post by NEAlpineStart on July 14, 2016, 08:19:14 PM »
I'm pretty sure you and I ran into each other back in November on the NE Ridge of the Pinnacle, pretty challenging winter conditions.

Data with the driving might look weird, or surprising cool? I haven't tried it yet but will next time I'm heading across the Kanc... maybe tomorrow.

I climbed NE Ridge last fall but I don't think that late, and wasn't wintery. Last time I did it was with a guy & gal friend of mine, I think in October, maybe earlier. Lots of us Dave's running around. Maybe it was me?
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