JonnyAces7 wrote:Now looking for some alternative and maybe even somewhat more aggressive routes in the area. The only on-trail rope experience we have is limited to glacier travel techniques, so no ice climbing gear yet. Any suggestions?
Also, how are the trails at this point in the year?
The trails that originate on rt 16 a few miles north of Pinckham Notch (Great Gulf branching out to Six Husbands, Wamsutta, Madison Gulf) are long and fairly steep on the headwall section. Snowshoes, crampons and ice axe is all you need. I did Great Gulf on a cold November day last year and it was spicy due to lots of low-angle ice and iced-over rocks but no technical gear was required. We have not seen anyone that day.
Typical trails conditions in November? Little snow with iced-up rocks higher up.