Mount Washington Climber's Log

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Hiker4life - Feb 28, 2015 10:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2011

Wandering through the fog  Sucess!

Went up the Ammonoosuc trail and down the Jewell. After reaching Lakes of the Clouds hut, the fog rolled in. The final ascent to the summit was helped greatly by the cairns guiding the way. The summit was windy and cool as usual. Going down the weather cleared making the hike much easier to navigate.


HawkeyeHuff - Jan 26, 2015 4:26 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2002

Mt Washington with my Cousin  Sucess!

With mixed feelings I am reporting that I got to the highpoints of 8 of the 9 states I visited recently on my trip to New England. I flew into Albany August 14th. The next day on my way to meet my cousin at the base of Mt Washington, I stopped in Stowe,VT to 'run up' Mt Mansfield. Taking less than 30 minutes to get to the top I got disoriented and came down the wrong side of the mountain. Got back to my car in four hours! Because of my delay I didn't stop to eat a regular meal but proceded to drive to Mt Washington and got in about 11:30pm. The next morning my cousin (Scheila Hufford)and I headed up Tuckerman Ravine Trail at 8:30. I still hadn't eaten a legitimate meal since flying in two days before. The 'book' says about 4 hours up the trail to the top (I am almost always faster than the book) but it took us 7 hours!!! Because of my jet lag, lack of sleep and lack of nutrition my stomach bothered me all the way up and I was the one who slowed us down. Scheila was in great shape and patiently waited for me along the way. Got to the top at 3:30pm and rode down in a hired van (the $22 was well worth it). Finally had a nice meal that night with Scheila then we parted company, Scheila driving back to Boston and I headed for Maine. My quads were burning because of the back-to-back climbs on rocky trails (at age 52 I usually need a day or two between climbs) and had to give up trying for Katahdin after waiting in Bangor, Maine, for two more days for some healing. Drove to Rhode Island highpoint (a guy chased me off his property), then to NJ highpoint and spent the night in a motel on NJ/NY border. Next day I drove down to Delaware highpoint then back up to Poughkeepsie, NY to spend the night. Next day I drove an hour or so to Mt Frissell in Connecticut and scampered up to the top (about a half hour). Quads felt pretty good. Trekking poles helped. Drove to Mass highpoint. Really pretty. Drove to Albany where I spent the night. Next day drove to Lake Placid, NY, and the following day (August 23 - one week after my Mt Wasington fiasco)went to Mt Marcy trailhead at 7am where I started and got to top of peak at about 11am. Up in four hours and down not much quicker - about three hours. Having the poles helped tremendously.Drove back to Albany the next day and watched the Iowa State-Florida State game in my motel (what a great treat to enjoy some college football!) Flew back to Alaska the next day, Sunday, August 25th.

Steve Hufford
Anchorage, Alaska USA


siekkid - Jan 5, 2015 4:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008

Very foggy above tree line  Sucess!

Solo hike via Lions Head Trail, descended Tuckerman Ravine Trail.


bkcasteel - Dec 31, 2014 3:46 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2013

Fantastic Climb - Crazy Weather at the Top  Sucess!

I was able to take a side trip while traveling on business. I climbed via Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The fall colors were on full display and the weather was amazing. About 500 feet below the top it was completely fogged in and by the time I reached the summit there were winds exceeding 80 mph. As soon as I descended below the fog the weather was beautiful again. This was a fantastic trip and I can't wait to do it again.


mdou - Dec 15, 2014 4:28 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2013

Perfect fall weather  Sucess!

Beautiful views and perfect weather. We started late in the afternoon and camped in the woods, the next day we climbed Mt Madison and walked the Presidential range all the way to Mt Washington before coming down the other side and back to the car. Fun way to do it.

NLord - Oct 24, 2014 10:07 pm Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2011

Mt Washington  Sucess!



wbass - Oct 14, 2014 12:17 am Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2014

Ammonoosuc  Sucess!

This was our first summit in the Eastern US, and maybe our highest latitude summit thus far (depending upon calc. of latitude of Cerro Tamango in Southern Chile). Given the horizontal rime ice, we were fortunate to have had very good weather on summit day.


Lordclimber1234 - Oct 4, 2014 10:11 pm Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2013

1st 6000 ft summit  Sucess!

Had tons of fun at summit!


Diesel - Sep 20, 2014 9:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2012

90 mph gusts  Sucess!

It started as a beautiful day but as we got from Madison to Adams all wind and rain broke loose. The summit of Washington was so cloudy and windy, we couldn't see more than 10 ft in front of us.


kevinsa - Sep 14, 2014 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2014

Mount Washington  Sucess!

Awesome views. Everything at the summit was coated in rime ice from the rotten weather the night before.


Outdooraholic - Sep 12, 2014 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2014

Highpoint #25  Sucess!

Weather was horrible! 70 MPH winds, rain, cold! Wo took the shuttle to the top and even walking the few feet to the summit was pretty miserable!

Ajeeth Ibrahim

Ajeeth Ibrahim - Aug 3, 2014 10:54 pm Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2013

First Winter Mountaineering Climb  Sucess!

I climbed this in Jan, 2013 as part of the 3 day EMS Intro to Mountaineering course with two other friends. It was an awesome adventure and intro to winter mountaineering. Overall great hike, felt good reaching the summit,especially with the visibility low and winds high.


StartingOver - Jul 10, 2014 7:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2000

Hiked to the top in college  Sucess!

I don't remember many details except that it was long and hard and cold. The hike was part of a meteorology class I took in college.


BobD3 - Feb 15, 2014 12:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1971

On the AT  Sucess!

going south. 62 degrees, foggy, with a slight breeze, at the weather station. Exceptional indeed considering the highest temp. ever recorded was 71 or 72 degrees. Exact date of climb is unknown, probably between Aug. 1-10. Started from Katahdin on July 3, 1971. My logbook of this trip has long since vanished.


wanderweg83 - Feb 1, 2014 9:26 am

Tuckerman's Ravine  Sucess!

Climbed Tuckerman's Ravine trail.


wvasmith - Jan 31, 2014 4:44 pm Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2013

Presi  Sucess!

Part of Presi attempt


Carv - Jan 22, 2014 3:27 pm Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2013

New Hampshire 2013  Sucess!

Lion Head Trail


Bluebell08 - Jan 20, 2014 3:35 pm Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2014

Lion Head Winter Route  Sucess!

Winter ascent in white-out conditions. Over 4 inches fell while ascending. Very windy after Lion Head and on the summit with poor visibility. Holiday weekend crowds and lack of packed snow made upper mountain treacherous with rocks and crampons. 6 hours up, 3 down to/from AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Took summer Tuckerman Ravine Trail down from Lion Head. Highpoint #20.

Adam Doc Fox

Adam Doc Fox - Jan 10, 2014 7:12 pm Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2013

Car Got Stuck  Sucess!

So I had to just climb the old lady.


richnyc - Dec 26, 2013 8:52 pm Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2013

First summit;)  Sucess!

Solo hike via Lion Head trail (roundtrip in 4.5 hours, 8.4 miles, approx. 4,300 ft elev. gain). Started early (7:00am) in cool weather, single digits temps (F), eventually it warmed up into high teens. A beautiful sunny day, almost windless, although on the top of Mt. Washington it was a bit "breezy", with 30-40 mph winds. Lots of rim ice above treeline, microspikes were helpful, esp. on the descent. Loved it, now preparing another one, this time in winter;)

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