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Henderson Ridge 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 600', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Ken Henderson, Miriam O'Brien, et al in 1927
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Submitted By: T. Moon on Apr 20, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: The beginning of Henderson Ridge


This is the ridge that borders North Gully in Huntington Ravine. Head up a low angle toe of rock. The route is mostly 4rth class with several easy technical spots. The climb kind of ends just after a large ledge with the "diving board" feature, which sticks out into space above North Gully. Very great position with spectacular views of the ravine. Overall is is a pretty fun route although it would be nicer if it didn't kind of run out half way up the side of the ravine.


Hike up the Huntington Ravine Trail from Pinkham Notch. From the center of the ravine identify North Gully -- last one to your right -- and bushwack over to it. (Staying high on the regular trail until it starts to turn left (away from the north side of the ravine) at least means that your bushwhack is level or slightly downhill, MUCH easier!) Depending on the line you pick, this may turn out to be the crux of the day.

Start at the base of, and on the right side of North Gully. (Photo) About 3-4 short pitches leads you to 10' or 15' foot corner off the diving board ledge, once ascended the technical climbing comes to an end and you scramble to the top of Nelson Crag and find the immense cairn. Walk around the Alpine Garden and descend the Lion Head Trail back to Pinkham.


Light rack, small to medium. You can find a place to put pretty much anything you bring.

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Aaron on the Diving Board, which sticks out into t...
Aaron on the Diving Board, which sticks out into t...
Lower portion of Henderson Ridge - Diving Board vi...
BETA PHOTO: Lower portion of Henderson Ridge - Diving Board vi...

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By john strand
From: southern colo
Oct 28, 2009

Not a bad route and a fun solo . maybe 5.4
By jcomeau2
Jun 11, 2012

hey jon, has there been anything done on the steep vertical face on the left of the ridge that drops into north??
By Matthew J. Murphy
Dec 2, 2012

Anyone have any info on this as a winter route. Is it considered poor style to climb this in crampons? I know opinions differ. I realize it would suck to scratch up the route and kill or mar any fragile alpine veg. But if it's already a winter route... Any opinions out there?
By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Dec 3, 2012

highly recomended. Have at it, good fun.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Nov 7, 2013

This is a grand adventure as an easy winter alpine rock route! No worries about crampons, just don't be destructive.
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