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Though I wouldn't describe this area as an "alpine" area, it is very exposed and could be very cold in bad weather. The approach is somewhat technical and to retreat from some of the upper routes requires a rappel and some technical 4th class downclimbing.
Park at the top of the notch in a plowed out parking lot, just south of the Crawford Notch visitor's biulding. Many winter trails leave from this area as well. Walk south along the railroad tracks to the bottom of the area in which you plan to climb.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mt. Willard:
Elephant Head Gully WI3+ Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Great Madness WI5 Ice, 2 pitches, 200'
Read Between The Lines WI4 Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Trestle Gulley WI3 Ice, 1 pitch, 75'
East face slab right WI3+ Ice, 1 pitch
Left Hand Monkey Wrench WI3 Ice, 1 pitch
Gulley 1 WI4 Ice, 1 pitch, 150'
The Cleft WI2+ Ice, 2 pitches, 210'
Cinema Gully WI2 Ice, 3 pitches, 600'
Hitchcock Gully 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a WI3- Ice, 2 pitches
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Hitchcock Gully 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a WI3- NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Mt. Willard
The climb is broken into the lower and upper Hitchock gullies with a pitch of easy hiking between the two. The lower pitch is often used to provide access to the many options of the east face slabs. The lower pitch is somewhat thin, moderate ice and snow to a 5.5 rock finish. Protect the top with slings on good trees. I would only give the first pitch one star if it were by itself, unless you are interested in moderate mixed climbing. The upper Hitchock gully is a great WI 3- pitch in a d...[more] Browse More Classics in NH
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