choping steps for friend
long time ago
Climbed it with others from the Potomac Appalachain Trail Club Mountaineering Section, during their Alpine Skills Weekend on Mt. Washington. Had a great time. Windy and cold at the top but beautiful blue skies. Ideal for an intro to technical multipitch snow and ice. The snow was pretty firm. There were a few other short sections of ice than just at the bulge. The bulge was pretty small, probably 30 feet. Final pitch before the the Alpine Garden was loose scree.
Perfect day in the ravine. The ice bulge was a great intro to ice and an excellent way to complete my first winter ascent of the peak. Clear skies but the wind was blasting once we hit the alpine garden. 45 minutes later we were on top via a direct path straight up the summit cone. Down via a nice glissade in Tuckerman. A great day on the mountain.
Did this to show my friends how to use their tools and crampons. Very fun. There were 3 Ice sections at this point and each were fairly extensive. We all free soloed it with tools. A Ice Axe would have been useless in these conditions, but we completed it all successfully without roping up.
Great intro climb, more of a real steep hike with a minor pitch of ice. Very satisfying climb.
Walked into IME and 25 minutes later walked out with $1300 worth of Asolo triple boots, ice tools, crampons, gloves. Soloed up the gully which was a little scary at the 30 foot long crux but above that it was pretty standard hard snow and I had a great view. Good route to solo because not much ice, mostly snow, but still steep enough to keep it interesting. Round trip (pinkham-central -alpine garden-lions head - pinkham) in 4:25 so it's a quick trip too.
Great intro to steep snow. Short section of ice. There was a lot of snow this year, so I think the ice section was shorter than normal.
Had a great time on Central. The ice was fun to start and after the initial ice pitch, the rest was fresh powder snow. It was a little sketchy at times with no ability (but no real need)for protection. Coming out of the ravine and hitting the wind is a blast!
Multiple ascents. A great intro to Huntington Ravine. The route is Not a simple snow gully as is suggested. Simple yes, but definitely can have 30-50+ft moderate angle ice depending on wind and temperature around precipitation- check the photo submitted by myself with the 2 climbers in it.(wearing red)