April 12, 2016
Matt, Kate and I made an ascent of Left Gully in Tuckerman’s Ravine last Sunday in near perfect conditions. Our first day was spent doing some training with ice axe arrest, cramponning and a variety of rope travel skills including rappelling. This prepared us to tackle the gully which reaches near 60 degrees in steepness. Luckily some high winds the previous day blew any unconsolidated snow out of the gully and made for great conditions to crampon up to the top of the ravine. The sun was out all day and the views of the northern Presidential Range was spectacular. We could also see peaks in the state of Maine. This was Matt and Kate’s second trip the White Mountains this winter and we haven’t seen the last of them. They are signed up to tackle Rainier with us this summer and are making plans to come back to New Hampshire next winter for some ice climbing.
Our winter season in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ended on a high note. But we’re already looking forward to next winter and hope you’ll join us to climb some of the most classic ice routes in the country or for an ascent of Mt. Washington.