View Full Version : Ammonoosuc Ravine Conditions

03-24-2009, 09:04 PM
Has anyone been up Ammonoosuc Ravine recently? I decided to take my group up this route instead of Lions Head due to the expected Icy conditions (Some are new to climbing and I don't want to risk an un-arrestable fall..) What are the recent snow conditions like? Any help is appreciated!

03-25-2009, 09:01 AM
The other part of the question will be how about the open rock sections that normally have water on them? How bad is the ice? How much of the trail do you need crampons?

rockin rex
03-25-2009, 09:57 AM
As Brad stated the Ammo in ice is very difficult and there are many spots on the slabs you do not want to fall!!!!! I have crossed these slabs when they were covered in ice with step ins and it was quite unnerving. In ice conditions I would much rather do Lions Head. The other thing to rememeber is the trail switches back and forth across the brook many times and it is not real easy being able to pick the trail up on the other side. When I did it in winter I had a difficult time finding where the trail went on the other side and the higher you go the harder it gets. You didn't say whether your group would be descending the Ammo also but I recommend that if you do climb via the Ammo to take the Jewell down. The jewell down is a much safer way and it brings you back to the exact spot just on the other side of the road.

03-25-2009, 10:55 AM
I've only done Ammo once in winter, and we turned around at treeline. We had awesome snow conditions, and the river crossings were not bad, but we didn't experience bad ice, so I'm not experienced with it on this trail.. So what you're saying is that if Lions Head is icy, then Ammo is likely to be just as bad/worse as far as doing it in icy conditions?

03-25-2009, 01:20 PM
I am not an experienced winter climber, but I would expect the conditions on the west (windward - weather) side of the mountains to be very different than sun exposed eastern side by Lion Head. Lion Head trail is generally dry. Ammo almost always is wet and can be a raging river at times.

03-28-2009, 08:48 AM
I did ammo last year for the first time in the summer. In the winter...eek! :eek:


03-29-2009, 07:55 AM
I did ammo last year for the first time in the summer. In the winter...eek! :eek:

You might be thinking of some of these crossings


KD Talbot
03-29-2009, 09:40 AM
The most recent report I could find was from the 21st. A lot can change in a week, but if you look here:


And here:


You can usually get a pretty recent report.