Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arethusa Falls (WI3-4) - Ice Climbing

ice climbing, winter, arethusa falls
Pano photo of Arethusa Falls

Arethusa Falls (WI3-4)
Crawford Notch, NH

Beautiful bluebird day for some spring ice climbing! John and I checked out Walk In The Forest and it wasn't looking good. Most of it was in full sun and looking really baked (scary). I suggested we check out Arethusa Falls so we back-tracked along the railroad tracks and headed up the Arethusa Falls Trail. The 1.5 mile trail was well-packed and there were some hikers already coming down. They confirmed solid ice and no flowing water like John and Phil had encountered couple weeks prior. Like Waterfall (WI3) the week before, we had the falls all to ourselves. But there were many photographers, hikers and their dogs who came to the falls while we were climbing. John did a fantastic job leading up the left-center. At the start the ice was solid. But at the middle there was a lot of snow and about 3/4 way the ice was pretty bad, but under it was solid. The flowing water in the center definitely caught my attention. At the top and off to the right, is a tree with a large red webbing  around it. John set up anchor and we rapped down from here. 

Great job sending Arethusa Falls John and thanks for another mellow day of ice climbing!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Waterfall (WI3) - Ice Climbing


Waterfall (WI3)
Frankenstein Cliffs, Crawford Notch, NH

Great conditions, mild temps, no wind makes for a great climbing the last day of winter! John and I climbed the Waterfall route - had this area all to ourselves. Mellow day of climbing for sure!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rock Circuit Trail - Solo Winter Hiking



Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA.
Rock Circuit Trail: 5 miles roundtrip loop
Easy to Moderate

As with last weekend, I didn't feel like driving up north for a hike. The temps here were colder and it was more windy than a week ago. But the short ride to the Middlesex Fells Reservation suited me just fine. Plus, it was a distraction for the time being - while I wait and hope for more ice to re-form in the Kinsman and Crawford Notches. 

I had hiked part of the Rock Circuit Trail (white blaze) before, but just from Pinnacle Rock to White Rock. Today I parked at fire gate #53 and hiked counter-clockwise starting at fire gate #52. As with last weekend, there were many hikers and dogs but not a single biker on the trails of the Eastern Fells. Blog & video of last weekend's solo hike along the Skyline Trail here. Enjoy some photos taken along my hike.