Entries by Bayard Russell

Conditions: Crawford Notch Jan 1, 2014

The ice in Crawford Notch is coming back around. Here’s the rundown: At Frankenstein, the Amphitheater looked better than it has all through the early season with high water volume routes (Pegasus, Chia) finally receiving the cold temperatures they need to begin to freeze. Still not in its full glory, but on its way. The […]

Tips for the Early Season Ice Climber

Getting back into the swing of it every year can be hard. The best thing to do is not think about the swing much at all, but instead, the kick. The fastest way to feel gripped in the early season is to not trust your crampons, and the most common reason to not trust them […]

Conditions Report for Jan 24th, 2014

Well, it’s cold. It’s been cold and it’s gonna remain cold. The effects of all this wobbly weather is apparent in the ice around the Mount Washington Valley. In general, here’s what to look out for. 1. Top outs are hollow. Because of the prolonged thaw, and especially the accompanying rain, the tops of many […]