Showing posts from January, 2014

Railroad Cut, NH – Ice Climbing

Railroad Cut – Ice Climbing   SW4-Cheshire North Rail Trail   Keene, NH   AMC-NH Mountaineering Group I got a chance to try out my new ice climbing gear and am extremely happy. Having the right gear made all the difference. I was able to focus on my technique and thus, got in a lot of climbing today!  This was my second visit to the Railroad Cut and like the year before, I was amazed at the amount of ice in just this one spot! Railroad Cut is just that...a cut in the hill for a railroad passage. It’s part of the Cheshire Rail Trail located just off of Route 12 in Keene, NH. There are several railroad cuts throughout New Hampshire, but this particular cut has consistent ice. The day was overcast and even though a snow storm made a mess of my commute home, it was a great day for ice climbing! What better way for me to start my ice climbing season!

Mount Israel - Solo Winter Hike

Mt. Israel (2,630ft) Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet Trail: Wentworth Trail Distance: 4.2 miles roundtrip Duration: 4.0 hours (include stops along the trail, and at lookouts and summit) NH 52 With A View  Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Danger: Low  to Medium (Open ledges on trail) It was good to get out and do some winter hiking. I’ve been spending a lot of time bouldering and rock climbing and will soon be ice climbing. So hiking a moderate mountain was just what I needed. I had no problems finding the trailhead. The Mead Camp parking lot was plowed and there was only one other truck in the lot. I spent a few minutes checking out the trailhead path. I had brought my snowshoes but after looking at how pretty packed down the trail was, I decided to just wear my Hillsound Trail Crampons. I brought 2 liters of hot water to drink, along with the usual snacks, my 3lb DSLR, my survival and first aid kits, emergency Bivy, emergency blanket, stove and extra clothes. Yes, my backpac