Ascent of Mount Willey on 2009-03-16

Climber: Michael Kelly

Others in Party:Jenny
Date:Monday, March 16, 2009
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Willey
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2200 ft / 670 m

Ascent Trip Report

Willey's Slide is a popular ice climbing route inside Crawford Notch State Park. We came there to learn how to ice climb from Mark Synnott of Synnott Mountain Guides (highly recommended). It was our first time with crampons or ice axes. We practiced walking around and some basic axe techniques at the bottom of the face, then Mark climbed up a ways and set an anchor. We followed on rope (along with another couple that was there). The total climb was about 6 or 8 pitches, then we hiked back down through the trees alongside the face. While not quite vertical, the slope probably angled 60-70 degrees for the majority of the route. It was an excellent site for a first-time guided climb.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:800 ft / 244 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:800 ft / 244 m
    Route:Willey's Slide
    Trailhead:1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics

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