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Cinema Gully, East Face Slabs & The Cleft – Multi-pitch Ice Climbing

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Cinema Gully (WI2) East Face Slabs Left (WI3) The Cleft (WI2+) Mount Willard Crawford Notch, NH I love when Jeff S. takes me ice climbing with him - I get to do some freaking fun climbing on a little alpine playground! Mount Willard is home to some awesome ice and alpine routes. Today I had the opportunity to climb two more of those routes and then finish off on The Cleft. Cinema Gully(WI2) It was cool to see a bolt at the belay station of the 1 st pitch. Jeff asked if I wanted to set a belay station there or   walk up a bit to a thin sheet of ice. Since it would mean one-and-a-half roped pitches, I choose the latter and   Jeff and I walked up to the next belay station where the ice was full of screw holes. It was a gorgeous day…see the sun and blue skies in our photos! :)  After topping off we ascended a bit more to sit and eat our lunches and then traversed over towards the Upper Hitchcock route. Looking up at Cinema Gully from the train tracks Jeff and

Mt. Willard - Solo Hiking

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Mt. Willard (2,865ft) Elevation Gain: 900ft Trails: Mt. Willard Distance: 3.0 miles roundtrip Duration: 1 hr, 45 minutes Difficulty: Very Easy My first solo hike in snow! Originally I had planned to hike to Mt. Avalon (3442ft), Mt. Field (4340ft) and Mt. Tom (4051ft) today, but I didn't get to the trailhead early enough. Sure, I could have run up and back down before sunset, but I'm quite attached to 3 pounds of camera equipment and prefer taking my time in order to take photos. If the weather is good and I get up early enough, I'm going to make next weeks hike to bag my 16th and 17th peaks atop mounts Field and Tom. Mt. Willard is a very, very easy hike! The Mt. Willard trail is a short trail with a wide path. Its ascent is gradual and provides a moderate workout for those who like to hike nonstop. Reading other winter hike reviews, my intent was to snowshoe this trail but there wasn't enough snow on the ground yet so Microspikes were all I needed. N