Dracula left. Lauren Wilson.
The training grounds... Every Experienced ice climber in NH has spent time cutting their teeth at Frankenstein... It seem like it was designed for the sport, with routes of all grades within a short easy walk from the car... One might start out on Standard Route or one of the easy slabs on there first day out then realize that there is a route for every step of the progression from novice to the skill required to climb the hardest routes anywhere...
Far from the commitment required to climb on Cannon or Lake Willoughby Frankenstein is great for developing the skills on short routes so you have them to work with when you are ready to commit to something a little more uncertain...
Most routes are 1-2 pitches some maybe 3 and there really are routes of every grade... Some classics are Standard Route(3), Chia(3+), Pegasus(3+/4), Dracula(4+), Dropline(5), if things get crowded don't worry these classics are just the tip of the iceburg, look around and you will find more quality ice than you know what to do with... Most routes come in consistently though there are some that will only appear sporadically, you can normally count on having something to climb from December to March but hey we are in New Hampshire and weather is far from an exact science around here...
From the parking area you will hike along a railroad track and look for the ice up the hill on your left the first big ice you will see is Smear(3) a wide flow that can be thin in early season look for a steep ramp running up from right to left...This is followed by the Amphitheater which holds many quality lines... You can check Amphitheater conditions by looking over from the Trestle... Across the Trestle you will get to Standard Route Dracula Area and finally the Hanging Gardens... If you can't find something you like in any of these areas you simply don't like ice climbing...
The cliffs are north facing so plan on being in the shade unless you pick the right route and time it just right... Dress warm cause those belays can get pretty cold when the wind is whipping down the notch...
Located in Crawford Notch on Route 302
Weather station 8.3 miles from here
38 Total Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
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This was a very sought after line that many tried before it went down in February 1976. To think that it was climbed with the equipment that was available then is quite impressive. When I look at the state of the art gear I'm climbing with and look at intimidating routes like this that were climbed before I was born on gear that would send me back a few grades it just amazes me.Pitch 1: Start below the painfully obvious perfect drip on the wall above. Climb the normally very thin slab which is m...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
Latest Regional Forum Messages
PW and Ron at the Standard Route Belay
By Joel Pastuszak
From: Concord, NH
Jun 17, 2007
I agree, I've heard great things about this area and was kind of dissapointed when there was't much info to speak of.
Mar 19, 2008
Frankenstein is to ice climbing what Stately Pleasure Dome is to rock climbing... practically drive though (ok, Frankenstein actually has a short approach, it's not quite fall out of your car & start belaying).
no sense in reinventing the wheel. More beta at neclimbs.com/index.php?PageNam...
also click around on neice.com, chauvinguides.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Mar 19, 2008
hopefully this wheel will be better than the old one... i have nothing against the existing sites but i feel at home on the Proj...
By Kristian Starheim
From: Boston, MA
Jan 19, 2015
Yes, where is the south-face? Would love to see some info about these beautiful flows!