Whitney-Gilman Ridge Climber's Log

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wdimpfl - Dec 26, 2017 5:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1977

Fell on Pipe Pitch  Sucess!

Date uncertain. I climbed this route a couple of times. Once with Graham Arnold, a graduate student in Jim Kinsey's lab at MIT where I was postdocking, and again with Rick Meinig, that had joined my Denali expedition. When I climbed it with Rick it was in a cloud, raining. I slipped on the wet rock on the "pipe pitch:" a pipe had been wedged in a crack to catch the rope if one fell on the crux pitch. We continued and finished the climb. After I returned I found a crescent bruise on my butt. I guess I hit the pipe during my fall. Years later Graham was responsible for my applying for a job with The Aerospace Corporation where I became a rocket plume phenomenologist and am still casually employed.


JRaphaelson - Sep 29, 2015 10:19 am Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2015

WG  Sucess!

Got off route at the pipe pitch and found a somewhat easy way to bypass it--unfortunately, it came at the expense of missing the classic pitch. Routefinding was surprisingly tricky, especially if you're not familiar with the route description.


whatdoIknow - Aug 11, 2013 6:46 pm

W-G  Sucess!

Fun climb


mtneering - Aug 7, 2012 3:33 pm

Good Times

great friends


AlexeyD - Jul 23, 2012 11:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

...and, again!  Sucess!

Finally climbed the 5.8 variation! The hand crack felt a bit strenuous, but fun and very well-protected. Much less appealing was the "intimidating but easier-than-it-looks" section above: though indeed technically easy, I found those hollow-sounding and often difficult to protect flakes extremely unnerving. In fact, was such a relief to finally climb out onto the Pipe Pitch that I got overly excited and nearly took a whipper on the crux pin :) All in all a fun day out, though.


AlexeyD - Jun 20, 2012 2:56 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012

Nice to return to an old classic  Sucess!

Took a Friday off to climb the WG with a friend. First time on the route in several years. Finally did the alternate 5.7 first pitch, and found it to be much more fun than the regular start. Almost went for the 5.8 variation on pitch 3, but decided against it after realizing that my partner had used my #1 Camalot, which is necessary to protect the crux crack, for the pitch 2 belay. Still found some loose rock on the pitch below the pipe pitch. Perfect day with clear skies, low humidity and no wind - the only drawback were the black flies which, interestingly, only seemed to get worse the higher we climbed! All in all a great day, next time will come back with doubles in #1s and do the 5.8 variation!


secander - Jul 12, 2011 10:53 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2011

Good Stuff  Sucess!

Took the normal route and I led all the pitches. Pipe pitch was a little heady. Recent rockfall made some moves tenuous due to loose rocks.


desainme - Sep 30, 2010 5:14 am Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1982

WGR  Sucess!

Enjoyable climb

Seth Maciejowski

Seth Maciejowski - Sep 2, 2009 11:43 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2009

Linky with the Black Dike  Sucess!

Fun link with the Dike. 5.8 crack filled with ice and 30 lb pack on the back made it quite hard!


SteveMarr - Feb 17, 2009 1:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2006


Fantastic climb - long, moderate, great exposure and position along the entire route. The approach is fun, and the descent was brutal. Must do for New England.


chel3178 - Oct 30, 2008 1:25 pm Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2008

Quite an experience...  Sucess!

I HATED the approach over the talus field. I think I just psyched myself out and plan to do better next time. Though I've read on other sites that there are times when boulders come loose. So, there is good need to worry but it's just part of getting there, I guess. The climb itself was awesome. I needed a little lift on that 3rd pitch (I seconded), but all in all did well. I added a picture of myself at that pitch with the Black Dike looming behind me. I LOVED that pitch, I could see a little waterfall that was starting to freeze and hear the ice crashing down on the ground. Also, I was climbing with Chris who posted below this and as he said Denny was our leader. He did great!


Parenteau - Oct 22, 2008 9:41 pm Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2008

A lot of fun  Sucess!

Beautiful weather and no rockfall made for an awesome time. My friend Denny lead the route and did awesome on the tricky 5.9 variation at the finish. I can't wait to go back and lead it myself.


Isaiah - Aug 18, 2007 9:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2007

New England 5.7  Sucess!

Well, It was a great day but the belay station at the two square foot ledge with two hundred feet of exposure toward the main wall and like 400 toward the highway was a lot of fun for half an hour!If you stay on route it is a solid 5.7 but every corner holds fixed gear leading astray to harder variations.

eric b

eric b - Oct 15, 2006 11:56 pm

whitney gilman ridge  Sucess!

first attempt we ran out of time due to climber traffic and had an epic rappel when the rope got snagged. The second attempt was a charm. Route finding can be difficult and we did the 5.9 variation near the top. Of course we didn't realize it until i was commited to the move and freaked, but made it. We walked off and the trail down is steep and loaded with loose material-scarier than the climb itself!!


AlexeyD - Jul 23, 2007 3:08 am

Re: whitney gilman ridge

See, when I wrote the description for this a couple years ago, I was following the last pitch so I didn't remember the route too carefully; as a result, my original description to go right at the bulge was a bit off. Now that I led it, I know you're actually supposed to go quite a bit left; then it really is 5.7. I nearly did the same thing you did, but my belayer, who had done it many times before, talked me out of it.

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