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New Hampshire offers some of the best ice climbing in the lower-48. Maybe it's the fact that winters tend to be long and wet, or maybe it's the fact that summers tend to be short and humid and wet, but in winter, ice seems to form on every piece of exposed rock. Be it the road cuts on Interstate 93, the grungy summer sport climbs at Rumney, the moss-filled chimneys at Cathedral Ledge, or the shady reaches of Cannon Cliff, chances are each of these surfaces sports a worthwhile ice objective (except the road cut, which would be an illegal objective).

Most of the ice climbing activity in New Hampshire is focused around Frankenstein Cliff. Its easy access, proximity to North Conway, and numerous crag-style ice routes all assure that this ice destination will remain popular and crowded throughout the winter. Those looking for more of an adventure will certainly find it in the form of brutal cold and full-on conditions on Cannon Cliff, the premier alpine climbing setting in the Northeast. For the technical, demanding, multi-pitch and often mixed experience, look to the proud routes on Cathedral Ledge. Finally, for that quick ice-burn, check out Rumney for a bunch of shorter, often thin routes.

Mt. Washington, the highest point in New England and home of "the world's worst weather" offers both ice and alpine climbing in a serious, mountain setting. Despite it's modest height (by "out-west" standards), this mountain has brought about more than its share of tragedies.

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Ice is everywhere in this state. View the individual pages for directions to your chosen destination.

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Classic Climbing Routes at NH Ice and Mixed

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3 Steep Snow
 235
Pinnacle Gully
Ice, Snow, Alpine 3 pitches
WI5 M4
 24
Fafnir
Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
WI3+
 109
Chia
Ice
WI4+
 198
Dracula
Ice
WI4
 81
The Penguin
Ice 2 pitches
WI4+
 95
Hobbit Couloir
Ice
WI3+ M3
 114
Pegasus Rock Finish
Mixed, Ice 2 pitches
WI5
 40
Dropline
Ice
WI3+
 210
Standard Route
Ice 2 pitches
WI5+ M5
 22
Remission
Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
WI3 Steep Snow
 62
Damnation Gully
Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine
WI4+
 59
The Beast
Ice
WI3 M1-2
 52
Green Chasm
Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI4+ M3
 172
Black Dike
Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a WI5 M4-5
 67
Repentance
Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pinnacle Gully Mt Washington > Huntington Ravine - W…
 235
WI3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine 3 pitches
Fafnir - Franconia Notch > Cannon Ice Climbs
 24
WI5 M4 Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
Chia Frankenstein Ice > 3. Amphitheater Area
 109
WI3+ Ice
Dracula Frankenstein Ice > 7. Dropline Area
 198
WI4+ Ice
The Penguin Frankenstein Ice > 6. Standard Route Area
 81
WI4 Ice 2 pitches
Hobbit Couloir Frankenstein Ice > 3. Amphitheater Area
 95
WI4+ Ice
Pegasus Rock Finish Frankenstein Ice > 3. Amphitheater Area
 114
WI3+ M3 Mixed, Ice 2 pitches
Dropline Frankenstein Ice > 7. Dropline Area
 40
WI5 Ice
Standard Route Frankenstein Ice > 6. Standard Route Area
 210
WI3+ Ice 2 pitches
Remission N Conway Area > Cathedral Ledge Ice C…
 22
WI5+ M5 Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
Damnation Gully Mt Washington > Huntington Ravine - W…
 62
WI3 Steep Snow Trad, Ice, Snow, Alpine
The Beast - Kinsman Notch > - Kinsman Notch Ice (…
 59
WI4+ Ice
Green Chasm - Crawford Notc… > 5. Mt Webster - Winte…
 52
WI3 M1-2 Trad, Mixed, Ice, Alpine 2 pitches
Black Dike - Franconia Notch > Cannon Ice Climbs
 172
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI4+ M3 Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
Repentance N Conway Area > Cathedral Ledge Ice C…
 67
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a WI5 M4-5 Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
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