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Monkey Wrench & Upper Hitchcock - Spring Ice Climbing

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At the base of Upper Hitchcock with Crawford Notch in the background Left Hand Monkey Wrench (WI3) Upper Hitchcock (WI3-) Mount Willard Crawford Notch, NH Forecasts called for cloudy skies and some snow. But all that gave way to blue skies and sunshine by the time Jeff S. and I reached the base of the Hitchcock Gully. We pretty much broke trail up Lower Hitchcock, traversing right to Left Hand Monkey Wrench, then onto the base of Upper Hitchcock. It was slow going but we took our time anyways since there were only two other teams in the area climbi ng. At the base of Upper Hitchcock It was my very first time on Upper Hitchcock and it was a lot of fun, except when my calves cramped up. Attributed to, according to Jeff, dehydration and probably due to my just getting over a cold. I have had my calves ‘pumpy’ before but not so much that they cramped up. Had to have Jeff ‘take’ so I could rest. Left: Looking down Upper Hitchcock from the Rap Stati