The “Standard Route” at Frankenstein Cliff in Crawford Notch, NH is a popular ice climb. And for good reasons. First ascended by Sam Streibert and Dennis Merritt during the winter climbing season of 1969-70, these visionary climbers opened the flood gates to a renaissance in New England ice climbing. This year “The Cave”, at the end of the first pitch, is a wild, totally enclosed ice room with two Hobbit like entrances. Phil Gamache is ready. Two more historic pitches lead to the top. NEI 3+, grade ll.