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Title: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 14, 2005, 10:16:13 am
I am just wondering if anyone can tell me where the best mountain climbing is in New Hampshire.    I enjoy climbing more in the cooler months of the year, then the hot months.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: Ward Griffiths on August 14, 2005, 10:19:32 am
I am just wondering if anyone can tell me where the best mountain climbing is in New Hampshire.    I enjoy climbing more in the cooler months of the year, then the hot months.
Well, I don't know how it is lately, but back in the 70s there was an annual pool for the body count of folks who almost climbed Mount Washington during the winter.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 14, 2005, 10:27:29 am
My wife and I were climbing Mt. Washington last Christmas, got half way up, but had to stop, because of the amount of snow coming down - white out conditions.  This next Christmas we want to try it again.

We would like to know if there are other mountains to climb NH,  we have climbed Stone Mountain in Georgia.

Thanks Ward Griffiths for your response.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: Ward Griffiths on August 14, 2005, 10:32:53 am
I'm not a climber myself, but I suspect that most of the Presidential Range peaks have features similar to Mount Washington but with less development in the form of roads and/or rails to the top.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 14, 2005, 10:50:21 am
Are there any FSPers who are mountain climbers?  Why don't we form a group and climb a mountain in NH next Porc Fest??  Or how about this Christmas?
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on August 14, 2005, 11:17:16 am
Are there any FSPers who are mountain climbers?  Why don't we form a group and climb a mountain in NH next Porc Fest??  Or how about this Christmas?

too fun.  you can climb the highest mt. in nh and don't even know that fsp members climb mt. liberty at every porcfest.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 14, 2005, 11:36:19 am
I guess not NH Bound.  Where on the Forum site are they located?
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: freedomroad on August 14, 2005, 11:45:58 am
I guess not NH Bound.  Where on the Forum site are they located?

http://www.freestateproject.org/news/festival/schedule/ (see friday)

http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=10417.0
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 14, 2005, 01:15:45 pm
Thanks NH Bound.  But what other areas are good for mountain climbing in NH.  Do you have any suggestions?
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: Herself on August 14, 2005, 08:48:16 pm
     If you can hike the whole way, does that really count?

     A very long time ago, I was an adequate technical climber; the sort of stuff where you're safety-belayed most of the time,* going up more-or-less vertical surfaces.  It was a lot of fun!  But there's a real shortage of places to do that where I live; I learned out in the Grand Tetons and that's a bit too far to commute to.

     While there are some decent mountains in the NH/Maine region, do any of them have the sort of nice hard-rock vertical climbs the Rockies offer?

     --Herself

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* That does mean whever is in the lead can fall twice the distance he or she is above the highest anchor.  It's not for the risk-averse or the incautious!
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 15, 2005, 08:57:42 am
Herself

What mountains have you climbed ?  It sounds like you really enjoy the vertical climbs.  Did you climb by yourself or were you with a group?  Have you climbed in any countries other than the USA?  Let us know !
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: 5thconcerto on August 15, 2005, 09:59:40 am
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      While there are some decent mountains in the NH/Maine region, do any of them have the sort of nice hard-rock vertical climbs the Rockies offer?

There is White Horse Ledge, which is in, (or near), Conway.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 17, 2005, 06:44:14 pm
Has anyone or group climbed White Horse Ledge ?  Let me know I am still looking at climbing other mountains in NH.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: 5thconcerto on August 17, 2005, 10:49:35 pm
Has anyone or group climbed White Horse Ledge ?  Let me know I am still looking at climbing other mountains in NH.

Rock climbers like it. It is very popular. A friend of mine from high school learned on it. That was before he got stuck on the North Face for 3 days in a blizzard.  8)
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: jeanius on August 18, 2005, 08:15:05 am
Apparently Rumney has a vertical rock face or faces for climbing that draws a bunch.  I've only heard about it but have heard about it from several sources.  Here's a link I found that should be helpful:

http://www.heartofnh.com/outdoors/RockClimbing/

Jean
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: jeanius on August 18, 2005, 04:11:26 pm
Also there http://www.heartofnh.com/outdoors/hikes/index.html.

Jean
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: Herself on August 18, 2005, 04:57:07 pm
What mountains have you climbed ?  It sounds like you really enjoy the vertical climbs.  Did you climb by yourself or were you with a group?  Have you climbed in any countries other than the USA?  Let us know !

     Oh, gosh, PC, it's been literally decades!  All my climbing was done on vacations, most of it in the Grand Tetons, all of it in groups.  It is a lot of fun -- the real-life version of those "rock-climbing walls," but a lot higher, and no assurance there is any good path to find.  It is a real mental challenge; you have to be "in the moment" and looking several moves ahead all the time.

    Thanks for the cool links, everyone.  I'm impressed, NH has some nice, rugged hard-rock mountains!

     --Herself
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 18, 2005, 05:07:34 pm
When my wife and I were climbing Mt Washington last Christmas I was 55 years old and my wife was 42.  It is never to late to start anything  We have also climbed Stone Mt. in Georgia some years ago.  We want to get back to NH to do some more.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: pcwallis on August 18, 2005, 05:09:55 pm
Jean what a great web site you listed.  Thanks !!!!
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: Mike Lorrey on August 19, 2005, 08:43:24 pm
There are many dozens of mountains to climb, and the appalachian trail passes through a number of them. For those seeking NH hiking books, I recommend any by Daniel Doan or Lisa Densmore. Daniel also wrote the history of the Indian Stream Republic, and Lisa is a friend of mine who is a host of NH Wildlife Journal on NH Public TV. Her co-host, Willem Lange I also know a bit, and he likes hiking, but prefers fly fishing and canoing these days.

There are many grades of hikes here, from the easy climbs of Mt Cube in Orford and Mt Cardigan in Canaan, to the more challenging hikes of Mt Mooselauke, Profile Mountain (where the old man of the mountain used to be), Mt. Jefferson, Madison, and a number of others.

For those who are into rock climbing, Profile has some great cliffs. There is also a great rock climbing area in Rumney, on the southwest spur of Stinson Mountain, featuring a great cliff as well as a fine bouldering area.

Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: average_shooter on November 21, 2005, 01:00:09 am
Are there any FSPers who are mountain climbers?  Why don't we form a group and climb a mountain in NH next Porc Fest??  Or how about this Christmas?

I'd be interested in taking part in a climbing outing during PorcFest '06.  I could bring my sport rack and hopefully by then I'll have a trad rack.  I would like to know if there is serious interest in setting up a climbing outing during PorcFest '06.  Even just having a few people interested would be cool, it doesn't have to be a large group.
Title: Re: Mountain Climbing In New Hampshire
Post by: Mike Lorrey on December 07, 2005, 01:56:05 pm
Another great spot is in Stark, NH. There is a very large cliff face overlooking the town, you can't miss it, just stand in front of the covered bridge and look across the river. The area of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia has extensive cliffs, as well.