KristoriaBlack wrote:For those of you who have done Mt. Washington by the lion's head route, what navigation tools have you used in case of a white out above tree line. In particular, I would like to compare notes on what route is best, how do keep yourself from falling in the Tuckerman's ravine. I'm looking at various options to get me to the summit come what may. (The whole point of this exercise is to get me to the summit in incliment weather. I pray for it to be nasty so that I can have an opportunity to learn.)
KristoriaBlack wrote:Thank you everyone for your responses. I’m still digesting the information.
Regardless, at this point I'd really just prefer to keep the discussion focused on what is the best way to handle such a situation (where retreat is not possible).
What kind of terrain features can help with navigation. What kind of hazards are there, what kinds of catching features? What kind of tools are there at my disposal.
And how would one survive the night if forced to bivy above treeline? My feeling would be to get the hell down below tree line, spend the night there and give her a fresh go in the morning light. Be prepared for an overnight stay. But what if one simply cannot descend and is forced to stay above tree line? Is it possible to survive the night in a bivy in a gale with enough warm gear or should the objective be to descend whatever the difficulty?
kozman18 wrote:the winds were 60+ knots (for reference, these weren't really bad conditions for the Whites -- luckily, it wasn't very cold).
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