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fox5659Route Climbed: Left from the Cog RR Station Date Climbed: August, 1974  Sucess!


Fresh out of school my buddy George and I decided to hitchhike to NH. We Spent some time bashing through the woods around Franconia Notch and then on our way home decided to swing up to the presidentials. We got a ride to the Cog RR and hiked up from there without maps or any idea of trails. We just kept going up. We reached the top in the fog and we thought we had wasted a morning until the wind started to blow. The sun came out and we had the most spectacular weather and views. Idiots luck I guess.
Posted Aug 7, 2003 11:24 am

AlpinistRoute Climbed: Lion's Head Winter Route Date Climbed: January 25, 2003  Sucess!


It was a balmy -4 degrees at the summit with 40 MPH winds. My teeth are still chattering.
Posted Aug 5, 2003 7:58 pm

mike_lindacherRoute Climbed: Via Gulfside Trai Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!


Believe it or not, the "civiliation" atop Washington is both a welcome and startling sight as part of the Presidential Traverse. Massive summit. You'll appreciate the restrooms, chocolate chip cookies, and chili. You'll appreciate, even more, the remainder of the less-congested Range.
Posted Jul 21, 2003 8:54 pm

NormRoute Climbed: Huntington Ravine up, Lion's Head down Date Climbed: July 20, 2003  Sucess!


Awesome day for a hike. The rocks on the ravine were dry as a bone (except for a tiny trickle at the slab above the fan). Saw three rock climbers to the left of the slab going vertical. Above the headwall there was almost no wind. At the summit, the place was loaded with tourists. The trail down (Tuckerman Ravine trail on the way to Lion's Head) was very crowded. Fewer people on the Lion's head trail, but still busy. Just a little bit of snow is left on Tucks headwall.....Stopped for post hike food at the new Red Fox on Rt16...tried the wood oven baked pizza...my opinion is to skip the place and get a Flatbread pizza instead.
Posted Jul 21, 2003 9:23 am

abn373Route Climbed: Gulfside Trail Date Climbed: June 9, 2003  Sucess!


Gulfside trail as part of a presidential traverse. Driving winds covered everything with frost/ice. Made the rocks real slippery.
Posted Jun 16, 2003 11:16 pm

climber46Route Climbed: Huntington Ravine(up), Tuckerman Rav.(down) Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2002  Sucess!


I had been wanting to climb Mt. Washington via Huntington Ravine for a couple of years. I finally got my chance when my friend Robert agreed to go with me. We left his house at 3am in the morning in order to get to the trailhead at 8am. Hunting Ravine was as spectacular as I had heard that it was. The boulder field below actually seemed to be the toughest part. While there was more exposure higher up, the slabs were easier. Once we reached the top of Huntington Ravine, we were hiking on the tableland above treeline for about a mile til we reached the tourist-infested summit. Once at the summit, we began descending the Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail. This hike ties for my 2nd best ever! (#1=Katahdin)

Here is Robert and I hiking the so-called "crux" of Hunting Ravine. There was a section much further up that I considered more difficult but overall the route was not that difficult.
Posted Apr 26, 2003 3:37 pm

rcorby2Route Climbed: Pinnacle Gulley Date Climbed: March 11, 2003


We moved a little slow and didn't top out Pinnacle with enough time to hit the summit. Other wise, a great climb on a very fat Pinnacle - 3 full pitches including the last little ice wall exiting the gulley on the climbers right.
Posted Mar 22, 2003 5:44 am

sskeepRoute Climbed: Lion's Head Date Climbed: March 7, 2003  Sucess!


Pat, Steve, Scott and Darryl came back in 2003 after not making the summit in 2002 due to weather. Had a perfect day with 50 mile views! Not too many people around for a Friday.
Posted Mar 9, 2003 2:09 pm

Pencil PusherRoute Climbed: Lionshead winter Date Climbed: December 20ish, 1998  Sucess!

Pencil Pusher

Another gumby classic. Drove there without a clue, bought a map there and spent the night at the Hermit hut area. Then carried all that overnight gear (why?) up to the top with some cool snow/wind swept ice on the structures up there. Got passed by everyone and their brother wondering who the fool with the heavy pack was. It was nice to buy some candy from the hut keeper... what a luxury.
Posted Mar 7, 2003 12:03 am

big_gRoute Climbed: AT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2000


Finally arrived at the famous Mt. Washington. Clouds came in during the short ascent from the hut and I couldn't see anything from the summit, however, they blew in and out while I was up there so I did get to see some spectacular views. A few phone calls from the visitor center and I coordinated an indistinct webcam picture.
Posted Mar 3, 2003 6:20 pm

LIZqwertyuiopRoute Climbed: Lion Head Winter Date Climbed: February  Sucess!


The weather could not have been better for my first summit!

I climbed with the Ohio State University Mountaineers Club over President's day weekend. It was crowded, but definatly worth it. Left camp at about 8 am and summited under a clear blue sky around noon. Winds were about 45 mph, but not as daunting as I thought they'd be.
Posted Feb 17, 2003 10:19 am

jt_walshRoute Climbed: Lion Head Winter Route Date Climbed: Jan. 19 2003  Sucess!


Very nice climb. Cold but perfect conditions. Didn't see the famous Washington wind but it was not missed. I will be back in the summer I loved the mountain and the area.
Posted Jan 21, 2003 6:35 am

marcminishRoute Climbed: Lion's Head Date Climbed: January 17, 2003  Sucess!


The most pristine weather imagineable, especially for Mt. Washington... clear skies and virtually NO wind. It was incredible. Amazing views that I had never seen before even though I have already summited this mountain twice.
Posted Jan 19, 2003 7:07 pm

mnclimberRoute Climbed: Tuckerman's Ravine Date Climbed: November 26, 2002  Sucess!


Great climb. Reached summit around 2:15pm. Headwall was a great time. Visiblity above headwall wasn't that great. We were too cold to take a picture up top, but did sign the summit log at the top.
Posted Dec 5, 2002 12:34 pm

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: up Tuckerman Ravine/down Lion Head Date Climbed: September 25, 2002  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

Climbed with my buddy Brian. About 1/4 of a mile into the hike we were stopped by a flagman on the trail a bit ahead of a large earthmover that was digging erosion control burms. It was hilarious that about 5 of us hikers were lined up like cars in a construction zone on a highway waiting for them to let us pass through.

Made the Hermit Lake Hut shortly and continued on up the hike scrambling over the rocks and enjoying the awesome views. Had great weather which everyone on the trail was making sure we knew "never happened."

Somewhere above the ravine and saddle in the boulder section we met up with an older gentleman who told stories of hiking in Nepal and how Alaska has changed so much and how Barrow will be under water soon. He was a really cool guy. Just below the summit I got my first view of the circus up top when we could see cars and motorcycles zooming past. What a weird feeling to climb for 3 to 4 hours alone and then almost get hit by a car at the summit.

Got frustrated waiting my turn at the summit post with all the tourists who drove there and were smoking and carrying on. We pushed our way to the marker feeling like we deserved it more and took our pictures.

For the descent we decided to take Lion Head and enjoyed that down. Towards the end though the constant pounding on the rocks started to drain us (and our feet) and we were glad to get down, buy some Tuckerman Ravine stickers and go get some fast food. Overall, this was an awesome fun mountain though despite the zoo at the summit and we got lucky with the weather.

Posted Oct 1, 2002 12:40 pm

christoph wolzRoute Climbed: Tuckerman Ravine Trail Date Climbed: 14 September 2002  Sucess!

christoph wolz

With good weather conditions we climbed up through the ravine and over endless rocks up to the summit; it took us 3 h 10 min; on the summit it was windy, but not too much; one minute it was sunny, the next we were in clouds of fog; beautiful scenario!

We descended on Lion Head Trail in about 2 h 25 min and the knees suffered quite a bit!
Posted Sep 17, 2002 4:24 am

mjm2167Route Climbed: Tuckermans / Lionshead Date Climbed: 5/25/95 First Time  Sucess!


This was a goal of mine when I first started. I have sense the mid 90's reached the top several times.

I never seem to get tired of this Mountain.
Posted Sep 16, 2002 6:29 pm

DrazilRoute Climbed: Tuckerman's Ravine (up) Lion's Head (down) Date Climbed: 14 Sept 2002  Sucess!


Awesome day! Although the weather threatened to turn for the worse, it held out and actually cleared at times during the day. Winds were not too severe, even on the summit and the route was relatively dry.

Crowded on the summit and the trek down Lion's Head pleasant (however rough on the old knees!)

Posted Sep 15, 2002 7:08 pm

Joe HanssenRoute Climbed: Tuckerman Ravine Date Climbed: July '00  Sucess!

Joe Hanssen

Quick hike. Crazy seeing that many people at the top, but it was nice to sit inside and grab a warm lunch.
Posted Jul 29, 2002 10:52 am

ArchanglRoute Climbed: Tuckerman Ravine Date Climbed: July 21, 2002  Sucess!


It was a good climb. The views from the Tuckerman headwall were spectacular. However, the summit was a disappointment. The hoardes of overweight noisy American tourists swarming over the summit while gorging themselves on hot dogs and pizza certainly detracted from the experience. My wife and I were glad to retreat from the summit circus to the solitude of the Nelson Craig Trail to descend.
Posted Jul 25, 2002 8:00 am

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