January 12 The Columbus group picks up two loaner Chevy Suburbans, from Dave White Chevrolet, in Sylvania, Ohio. From there, we drive to North Conway, NH.
January 13 Keith gets outfitted at International Mountain Equipment in North Conway. We’ll spend the day on nearby Cathedral Ledge.
The Applachian Mountain Club will be putting us up for the week, in their year-round, conveniently located lodges in the heart of the White Mountains.
January 14 and 15 We’ll be developing our program in Crawford Notch: Keith may need to tweek his leg, we will hone our winter rope handling, ice climbing technique, shoot a bunch of video and get prepared for cold, windy conditions, in poor visibility we expect to find. We will be climbing routes focused on preparation for Huntington Ravine.
January 16 We walk up to the Harvard Cabin, perfectly located for our climb. It is a modest cabin with a wood stove and caretaker. We’ll check in with the National Forest Service avalanche ranger. They do an incredible job with public awareness to the hazards.
January 17 We climb one of the steep ice gullies in Huntington Ravine. It is chosen for its beautiful setting and excellent quality.
We spend the night in the Mt. Washington Observatory, one of the most unique weather stations on earth. A rare opportunity, to say the least!
January 18 We descend to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch Camp.
In 1931, the Mt. Washington Observatory recorded the highest terrestrial wind speed on earth at 231 mph! It is common for climbers heading to the 20,320′ Denali, in Alaska, to come here to shake down their program. The cold, wind, poor visibility makes is an excellent setting to see where the weak links in your systems are. Mt. Washington also has a long history of mountaineering. It is one of the most unique peaks in the country, with it’s arctic environment, classic Scottish style ice climbs and easy access.