New England Winter Mountaineering Routes


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yosem1te · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 15

I'm semi new to the New England area, and I was wondering if anyone had any good winter mountaineering route recommendations. I did Mt. Washington last season, and I'm looking for similar climbs. Ideally crampons/ice axe required climbs that aren't so steep as to require two axes. Any personal favorites/recommendations? Thanks!

lukeweiss · · St. Johnsbury, VT · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 30

What route did you take up Washington?

yosem1te · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 15
lukeweiss wrote:What route did you take up Washington?
I took the Lion Head's route up to the summit.
Brian BH · · Boston · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 0

The mt Lafayette loop is pretty cool. Good trek up the falling waters trail, and a good exposed ~2 mile ridge walk. IMO the Franconia ridge is the best in the whites.

N Nelsen · · Thornton, NH · Joined Jun 2010 · Points: 140

Beaver Brook Trail up the North side of Mt. Moosilauke off of Rt. 112, but instead of climbing the trail, climb the brook just to the right of the trail. Steep snow, stepped waterfall ice, cut left back onto the trail at the top of the brook. An excellent and varied mountaineering "route."

lukeweiss · · St. Johnsbury, VT · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 30

A couple suggestions:
1. Ammanousuc ravine up to the hut, and beyond if conditions allow. You can stick with the trail or break off for ice where it comes in.
2. Central gully in Huntington. You want to be well prepared with avy assessment, and might want to rope up.
3. Kings ravine - lots of options, mostly non technical. Again, know your avy risk.

Beaver brook is fun, and you will use the axe in cane position a bit on the lower portions of the trail.

I don't think you will need an axe for Lafayette, but it can't hurt.

Max Forbes · · Vermont & Colorado · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 114

Katahdin. Kings ravine. Lincolns throat mid-winter. Lots of the slides in the ADK's.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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