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New Hampshire Has World-Class Ice Climbing

From single-pitch cruisy climbs to alpine-style mountain ice climbs, if you're an ice climber then put New Hampshire on your list of places to visit

New Hampshire is a world-class ice and mixed climbing destination with classic test-pieces and friendly beginner routes. The winters are long, wet and cold which means that there are a lot of frozen flows to choose from.

The Frankenstein Cliff is a popular place near North Conway thanks to the number of single-pitch lines. Cannon Cliff is where the alpine-style winter routes are found. Cathedral Ledge has technical multi-pitch lines in a stunning setting. Rumney has fun short climbs that you can link for a big day out. And finally Mount Washington has committing ice routes in a big mountain environment.

A few of the must-climb routes are Repentance WI5 M4 3p at Cathedral Ledge, Pinnacle Gully WI 3p in Huntington Ravine, Black Dike 5.6 WI4/5 M3 3p at Cannon Cliffs (above photo), and Dracula WI4+ at Frankenstein Cliffs. Veteran New Hampshire ice climber Matty Bowman shared a collection of clips from the area in the video below. There are several ice and mixed guidebooks to the area, including New Hampshire Ice: A Select Guide, which you  can find here.

New Hampshire Ice