Back to White’s Ledge

I had the opportunity to head back out to White’s Ledge in Albany, NH again today with my friend Bob. Today’s weather was even better than a few days earlier, with crisp dry blue sky and plenty of sun to keep this south eastern exposure in comfortable temps. If felt like climbing in the drier western states and was pretty blissful all day.

We hiked in this time from the harder to find White Ledge trail. It’s unmarked, but if you find the northern end of Pine Knoll Rd its just across from that. Look for a short steep paved section that quickly turns to dirt, and that’s it! Using this approach shaved 10 minutes from our approach, shortening it to 45 minutes flat.

White Ledge Tr, this screenshot highlights the campground approach, we used the White Ledge Tr just across from the northern terminus of Pine Knoll Rd.

After our last visit 2 days ago we consulted the topo and realized we had not climbed the actual 1st pitch of Go West Young Man but had climbed the slightly harder 1st pitch of Manifest Destiny, instead. This time I followed the correct 1st pitch and arrived at the anchor for Go West. Bob wanted to check out the 2nd pitch of Trail of Tears so he jumped on that.

2nd Pitch of Trail of Tears

Easy fun moves led into a wide open book then a few slabby moves led into a beautiful hand crack.

The sweet 2nd pitch of Manifest Destiny

After rapping from a nice bolted belay at the top of this 140 foot pitch we got on Go West Young Man, armed to the teeth with some smaller TCU’s, Aliens, and a couple micro-nuts.

The stunning 2nd pitch finger crack of Go West Young Man… this angle shot does not do the crack justice…

This beautiful crack goes on for close to 90 feet and is almost the same size throughout. Great friction face holds for the feet keep it quite reasonable, and I think this might be the best 5.7 thin crack in NH. It really is amazing…

A shot from the other day looking down it:

Looking down Go West Young Man

I finished up the 3rd and 4th pitches, though I got a bit off route on pitch 4 and ended up finishing on Eminent Domain… it was all good. Two 60m double rope rappels can get you on the ground if you trend climbers left a bit to reach the double bolt anchor on Eminent Domain (skipping the pine tree rappel).

I’m not sure if I’ll be getting any more rock climbing days in this season, but if this was the last day of the season for me I can’t complain!

About David Lottmann

David grew up skiing in the Whites and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the USMC, and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a Single Pitch Instructor. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of Mountain Rescue Service. When David isn't out guiding he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing, trying to cook something new once a week and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alex, and daughter Madalena.
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One Response to Back to White’s Ledge

  1. Pingback: White Ledge Trail, Albany, NH 6/13/2013 | Adventure with Alex

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