Green Light in Huntington’s Ravine

December 7, 2009 § Leave a comment

Huntington Ravine surely lived up to its reputation of being a difficult place to climb.
The trail conditions were slow and boney, the weather was windy and cold, and the climbing was thin and scrappy. A few weeks ago Bart and I made our plans to climb one of the alpine gullies. We met early to make the most out of the short days this time of season.

Here is Bart at Pinkham Notch visitors center preparing himself and pack for the trek into the ravine.

We met Ted and Al along the approach and shared the climb with them. Al took the next three photos of Bart and I working up Odels Gully. As you can see the conditions are full on. Driving snow and wind in your face, typical of climbing conditions in the ravine.
The start of Odels. I am up there just right of center setting up a belay spot.
Bart giving a belay for this nice runnel of ice with a few technical moves.
Here we are taking time to tighten up our clothing system. Its time to cover the face as the wind and snow is driving right at us.

Bart working up to the base of the route. The day was tough but very rewarding. We completed the climb and enjoyed a spectacular walk across the alpine garden area to the Lion’s Head descent trail.

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