My wife and I at the lookout on top
Though I wouldn't describe this area as an "alpine" area, it is very exposed and could be very cold in bad weather. The approach is somewhat technical and to retreat from some of the upper routes requires a rappel and some technical 4th class downclimbing.
The routes are spread out along the east and south faces. The East face can be broken into the lower and upper cliff bands and contain some great moderate climbs like Hitchock Gully and the east face slabs as well as some tough mixed lines, like Dial M for Murder. The south face has a variety of climbs like the numbered gullies, Great Madness, and the Cinema Gully.
The routes offer great views over the notch and the large amount and variety of routes make Mt. Willard feel like an alpine playground.
Park at the top of the notch in a plowed out parking lot, just south of the Crawford Notch visitor's biulding. Many winter trails leave from this area as well. Walk south along the railroad tracks to the bottom of the area in which you plan to climb.
Weather station 4.8 miles from here
16 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Hitchcock Gully 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
: *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing
: Mt. Willard
The climb is broken into the lower and upper Hitchock gullies with a pitch of easy hiking between the two. The lower pitch is often used to provide access to the many options of the east face slabs. The lower pitch is somewhat thin, moderate ice and snow to a 5.5 rock finish. Protect the top with slings on good trees. I would only give the first pitch one star if it were by itself, unless you are interested in moderate mixed climbing. The upper Hitchock gully is a great WI 3- pitch in a d...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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