After an unsuccessful attempt on 1/28/10, I felt compelled to go back and conquer the mountain during severe winter weather. Back in Jan. I had to turn back due to a friend that couldn't push on and zero visibility.
I returned Dec. 29th (this time solo) and was successful! As the title says, the weather was ridiculous. But it was EXACTLY what i came for!
Took REI 2 day beginning mountaineering course, day 2 took Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to summit, that was hard
Great day climbing in the Whites.We ascended via the Lions head route up to a very windy summit with gusts over 80 mph.Very exciting!
via Huntingtons Ravine
8.5 hour roundtrip up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, and down Jewell.
Having spent most of the hike complaining about the inevitable 400 pound man on top eating a chili dog, I found myself eating warm pizza and enjoying the amenities!
Previous day: 60-80mph sustained w/ gusts 100+ @ 0'F, turned back at the peak of lion head in alpine garden
Summit day was crystal clear, beautiful climb
Part of an AT backpack. Couldn't see a damn thing. For a brief bit, we had wet snow; after summit bailed down 7 husbands
Hiked Tuckerman Ravine but also drove up another time.
Woohoo, made it.
Went up as part of a meetup. My trip comments are in the link below:
The hike was led by a guide from synnott mountain guides:
Have hiked MW and surounding mountains many times since the late 1960's. Love the Presidentials!
My first real climb, up Lion's Head. Cold and windy (unsurprisingly) but clear.
Took the Cog RR to the summit. Summit covered in rime ice. 24 degrees with a steady 36 mph wind.
Attempted a loop starting at Pinkham Notch via Old Jackson Road > Nelson Crag Trail > Davis Path > Boott Spurr > Tuckerman's Ravine. Made it up to the intersection of Nelson Crag Trail and Alpine Garden (about .8 mi from the summit) and had to turn down the A.G. Trail and circumvent the peak because of the -5 degree temp and the 90mph wind blowing the rime around everywhere - just didn't quite have the gear for it. Still an awesome hike nonetheless with incredible views, definitely doing this trail in the spring/summertime next year.
I was on a multi-day trip across the Presidentials in a group with 3 guys. The guys decided to circumvent the summit and went southwest towards Lakes of the Clouds. I soloed to the top. It was misty and windy on the way up, but then the clouds cleared completely, and there were views in every direction for 100 miles.
Good times, but not much visibility
Tuckerman's to Lion's Head trail: In the summer I did this hike in 2 hours 15 minutes up and 1 hour 33 minutes down. I've snowboarded The Ravine in the spring. It was a beautiful warm day not a cloud in the sky!
But still had an incredible time. Parked one car at Pinkham then a second up the road a few miles at the Great Gulf trailhead. 7.5 miles up to Spaulding lake just below the steep, rocky, wet headwall, then up the headwall itself to enjoy 2,000 calories and a nice 20 minute nap at the cafeteria :D
The summit itself was cloudy, but as we headed down they completely cleared and hiking back down the Lion's Head trail during the sunset was one of the most memorable experiences I've had on a hike so far. This is a ~12 mile round trip that took us close to 13 hours (book time for this is about 10 hours I believe...the only peak we'd hiked before this was Mt. Monadnock; we were underprepared, inexperienced, and underestimated the difficulty here!), but the views of the Presidential valley while on the headwall made it well worth it. Definitely going to do this trail again.
My wife and a few NE friends rambled around the summit and below. Views and wind, what else could you ask for in summer? Bring a pocket full of $.
Awful weather, lots of rain, cold and windy....but my 15 year old son climbed from Pinkham Notch on the Tuckerman Ravine trail to the summit BAREFOOT! Everyone we met was surprised but other than being cold, he said his feet felt fine. He was the only one of our group at the summit to have dry shoes as he had to put them on to go in and eat.