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Old 05-03-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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Are there any hill climbs worth noting on the east coast or northeastern USA? I would like to try one and see how it goes. The safer the venue the better. Thanks in advance for your input.

Found this on google, http://www.pahillclimb.org
Anyone know if any of these venues have reasonable run off area.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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www.hillclimb.org


come to ascutney. see if you can beat me... haha
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:28 PM   #3
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:19 AM   #4
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I've run some PHA events. If you want to PM me with some questions I'd be happy to give you some more info.

If you are worried about run-off, you arn't going to find it at any of the hillclimbs. I've never been to Ascutney, but none of the hillclimbs I've been to have real run off area.

Weatherly has some guardrails that'll keep you from going off the road and Reading (Pagoda/Duryea) just had brand new gaurd rails installed all the way up the mountain which inspires a lot more confidence.

But for the most part, run off is non existent at a hillclimb if you go off the road, you are hitting something.

Your fate is in your hands though, just don't push it and you'll be fine. You don't have any other cars to worry about.
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:20 AM   #5
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ok...
didnt mean to come off like a dick, just got home from a keg of switchback...

if you want to see some examples of Some New England Hillclimbs, go to YouTube and search for: Mt Ascutney, Burke Mt, Mt Philo, and Mt Okemo.

There are countless videos that will give you a good feeling as to what the climbs are like. They are a ton of fun, but like Kitsune said, there is little to no runoff.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:16 PM   #6
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I'd second trying a Vermont Hillclimb(Neha-www.hillclimb.org). They are a good bunch of folks that will help you out if you need it. They are as safe as you want to make it. If you are the type of driver that can't help but hang on the edge of control, then they aren't a great fit unless you like fixing your car. If you can be content with running up the hill at 80% until you get to know the hill, you'll be safe and go home in one piece.
It is great fun, you just have to use your head. Make sure you look at the rules to make sure your vehicle and safety equipment are up to the task.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:33 AM   #8
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I have run a few seasons with the PHA. I would suggest running the PA ones before any of the Vermont ones! There is a big differance between about 1 mile and 6-8 turns and a few miles with many more. You also have to consider safety prep as the NE ones have full cage breakout times. And from the times I run in Pa that wouldn't be hard to pass that breakout time. Now I suggest full cage either way!

I will attend these Vermont hillclimbs one of these days.
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:04 PM   #9
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The PHA is great group of people. I have run some of their events in the past couple years but there is most defintely not any run-off area, except maybe 10' or so at the back of the hairpins.

"Your fate is in your hands though, just don't push it and you'll be fine. You don't have any other cars to worry about."

That sure is a fact. The risk you assume is 100% up to you.

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Video of Mt. Ascutney-->


..not the best quality, but a decent run.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:26 PM   #11
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I've been up to the Burke toll road one, was up there mountain biking and camped in the campground at the same weekend they were running. Looked like a good time, and everyone was having fun, from the wrx's with the stuffed animals in the back window to the stripped out and caged rx7's. A couple years later, I went up again for mtn biking (the Kingdom Trails system is awesome, lots of singletrack.) We ran the toll road with an old beat up legacy, unsanctioned of course, but the hairpins are sharp and the elevation change in the corner is enough to break loose both inside tires on the ol beater.

Their site has all the safety rules and classes, and I'd think they'd be strict about them.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:32 PM   #12
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Burke is my favorite out of them all.. Hairpin after hairpin.
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