BETA PHOTO: Winter Overview of Mt. Willard
Though I wouldn't describe this area as an "alpine" area, it is very exposed and can 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 Hitchcock 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 AMC Highland Center. Many hiking trails leave from this lot so it tends to fill up early. 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
21 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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The Snot Rocket
WI4-5 M5 NH
: *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing
: ... : Trestle Area
An impressive route with a distinctive yellow-green phlegmy color. The Lewis/Wilcox book grades this as WI3-5.P1 (WI3): Climb the left side of the rock buttress. Belay at a tree on the ledge.P1 (WI4): Climb the pillar on the right side of the rock buttress. At the top, traverse left on lower-angle ice and belay at a tree on the ledge.P2: Climb the upper pillar to the trees.Rappel or walk off....[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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