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*NH Ice and Alpine Climbing

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Ace of Spades Crag 
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Frankenstein Ice Climbs 
Garfield Crag 
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Lower Baker Pond Ice Arena 
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Oliverian Notch 
Painted Walls Ice Climbs 
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Rainbow Slabs - Winter Ice 
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Zealand Notch 
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*NH Ice and Alpine Climbing  

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New Hampshire offers some of the best ice climbing in the lower-48. Maybe it's the fact that winters tend to be long and wet, or maybe it's the fact that summers tend to be short and humid and wet, but in winter, ice seems to form on every piece of exposed rock. Be it the road cuts on Interstate 93, the grungy summer sport climbs at Rumney, the moss-filled chimneys at Cathedral Ledge, or the shady reaches of Cannon Cliff, chances are each of these surfaces sports a worthwhile ice objective (except the road cut, which would be an illegal objective).

Most of the ice climbing activity in New Hampshire is focused around Frankenstein Cliff. Its easy access, proximity to North Conway, and numerous crag-style ice routes all assure that this ice destination will remain popular and crowded throughout the winter. Those looking for more of an adventure will certainly find it in the form of brutal cold and full-on conditions on Cannon Cliff, the premier alpine climbing setting in the Northeast. For the technical, demanding, multi-pitch and often mixed experience, look to the proud routes on Cathedral Ledge. Finally, for that quick ice-burn, check out Rumney for a bunch of shorter, often thin routes.

Mt. Washington, the highest point in New England and home of "the world's worst weather" offers both ice and alpine climbing in a serious, mountain setting. Despite it's modest height (by "out-west" standards), this mountain has brought about more than its share of tragedies.

Getting There 

Ice is everywhere in this state. View the individual pages for directions to your chosen destination.

Climbing Season

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270 Total Routes

['4 Stars',35],['3 Stars',125],['2 Stars',74],['1 Star',31],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing:
Hobbit Couloir   WI4+     Ice, 200'   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Amphitheater Area
Remission NEI 5+   WI5+ M5     Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 350'   Cathedral Ledge Ice Climbs
Odell's Gully   WI2-3     Ice, Alpine, 600'   Mount Washington & Presiden... : Huntington Ravine
Pegasus Rock Finish   WI3 M3     Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Amphitheater Area
Dropline   WI5     Ice   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Dropline Area
Pegasus   WI3+     Ice, 200'   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Amphitheater Area
Widows Walk   WI5     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Amphitheater Area
Damnation Gully   WI3     Ice, Alpine, 1000'   Mount Washington & Presiden... : Huntington Ravine
Chia   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Amphitheater Area
The Penguin   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Standard Route Area
Pinnacle Gully   WI3     Ice, Alpine, 3 pitches, 500'   Mount Washington & Presiden... : Huntington Ravine
Dracula   WI4+     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Dropline Area
Shoestring Gully   WI2     Ice, Alpine, 6 pitches   Mt. Webster
Repentance   WI5 M4-5     Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   Cathedral Ledge Ice Climbs
Standard Route   WI3+     Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   Frankenstein Ice Climbs : Standard Route Area
Gully 1   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   Mt. Willard : South Face - Lower
Hitchcock Gully   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a WI3-     Ice, 2 pitches   Mt. Willard : East Face - Lower
Greens Chasm   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI3     Trad, Ice, Alpine, 2 pitches, 2500'   Mt. Webster
Black Dike   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI4-5 M3     Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 400'   Cannon Ice Climbs
Northeast Ridge of the Pinnacle   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900'   Mount Washington & Presiden... : Huntington Ravine
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Mt. Washington
Mt. Washington
1982 North Conway Mt Rescue team on Mt Washington ...
1982 North Conway Mt Rescue team on Mt Washington ...
New Hampshire winters, we started when it was sunn...
New Hampshire winters, we started when it was sunn...
Rumney ice
Rumney ice
Ryan Barber on the traverse, pitch two of the Blac...
Ryan Barber on the traverse, pitch two of the Blac...
Great Madness on Mt. Willard, Crawford Notch
Great Madness on Mt. Willard, Crawford Notch

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By reddirt
Mar 19, 2008
NH is a state where people actually drive the speed limit (and rarely over).

They've got a lot of good ice, and even more a$$hole cops... so watch your speed.

"Live free or die" my a$$!
By James M Schroeder
From: Sauk County, WI
Mar 20, 2008
Also, "Live free or die, unless that involves drinking at a bar after midnight."

Funny how such an oppressive place can have such Libertarian motto...
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Oct 24, 2009
Check out this cool video: dailymotion.com/video/x4rcaj_q...

It shows climbs at Frankenstein, Willoughby, Cathedral Ledge, and Pont Rouge
By JohnnyG
Jan 9, 2012
What's up with all the hating on NH from the first two posters? This place is wicked awesome.
By john strand
From: southern colo
Jan 9, 2012
I dunno- some pretty fine climbers have come outta here . You climb hard here and you'll be good anywhere.
By Ryan Barber
From: Rumney, NH
Jan 27, 2013
New Hampshire allows you to live free in as conservative a manner as you please.
By nick manning
From: superior,az
Jan 27, 2013
NH is rad, F the haters

By bradley white
From: Plymouth
Feb 7, 2013
The chosen, Frozen
By Eli Buzzell
From: Rumney
Feb 27, 2015
Sounds like everyone is just jealous of our motto, which is better than all others.
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