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The Mini-Ravine Amptheater  

WI3-4

   
Type:  Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus: WI3-4 [details]
FA: Bradley White, 1986
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: bradley white on Aug 10, 2009

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Description 

Climb all three separated ice flows with they're pillar cruxes at the start easiest on the east side (WI3+) and hardest on the west side(WI4). After the cruxes sustained (WI3) to the top. Thick perfect condition ice. Always in the shade. I soloed them during the winter.

The ice remains sometimes into the month of May. That's when I first noticed it, while rock climbing on Owl's Head cliff.

Location 

Opposite Owl's Head cliff and 2+ miles uphill on the Appalachian Trail until the frozen over snow covered pond/bog is reached. Go east across this pond to its far eastern side and head uphill to the Mini-Ravine Amphitheater.

Snowshoes have to be worn for the approach and especially across the pond/bog, you'll sink into the snow without snowshoes because of the decomposing organic matter's perpetual heat. It's a long approach to this ice arena. Apparently conditions vary from year to year dependent on the amount of snowfall accumulation.

Protection 

Medium to long ice screws. Easy walk off or rappel down by trees.


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By ajcormier
Jan 18, 2010

it's at least 3 miles out to the amphitheater... I hiked out with Eric Marshall on 01.17.10 and it was a long slog for not very tall ice. maybe in the spring this place would be good after everything else comes down from the sun.
By lukeweiss
From: Pike, NH
Apr 9, 2015
rating: WI3-4

So, the ravine is small, and not very tall - about 20-40m depending upon where you start. Also for the approach:
It is a terrible slog, post-holing through un-trammeled bushwack, and once you turn south from the pond you have to climb about 400' to the top of the ravine to get to the ice. I did it on 4/9/15, and it took over an hour from the rope swing on the west side of the pond.
Going down was easier, as you can (and we did) boot glissade almost the whole way down the gully, then posthole back over to the AT. Up was 2+hours, down was 1.5 hours (to the car).
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