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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!)
Quick hike. Crazy seeing that many people at the top, but it was nice to sit inside and grab a warm lunch.
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.
Great climb! Started at 6:00am from Pinkham Notch, headed up via Boot Spur Route, and tagged the peak at 11:00am feeling quite strong. Zipped over to Lake of the Clouds and tagged Mt Monroe and then headed for Tuckerman Ravine for the descent. Trip report here!
Good fat ice, relatively clear day. My first Class III lead. Summitted w/ Chris Witkowski.
My first Alpine climb. With Chris Witkowski and Mark Medford.
Although known to be home of the 'World's Worst Weather' , climbing Mt. Washington in Feb. 2002 proved to be an experience quite different than I had expected. The weather was 'balmy' compared to a regular day up on the mountain. The average snowfall that month had been just 18".
Skies were so clear you could see forever and the winds were not really strong till we reached the summit. There they were strong enough to knock you off your feet (~55mph) and make every little step forward a challenge, but otherwise the temps did not go below 20F.
Went with EMS and our guide was excellent.
(5) Summits total.
The fifth summit of the Northern Traverse....reached it after nearly 12.5 miles and 9 hours of hiking. Of the nearly 20-some-odd times I've been on this mountain, this trip was one of the most rewarding....and most depressing. This was to be the "halfway point" in my Presidential Traverse (24 miles, 10 summits), however a weather front moved in and I reluctantly made the decision to descend to Pinkham Notch. Very disappointing, since all the "hard work" had already been done. However, thunderstorms were in the forecast for Wednesday, and I wasn't sure if the front moving in had boomers, so I wasn't taking any chances hiking down a ridge for another 8 miles. Will try again for the complete 1 day traverse next year..
Tuckerman's Ravine (with ski descent) -- April 28, 2001 -- Climbed from Pinkham Notch to the summit in about 4 hours via the Headwall in Tuckerman's Ravine and skied from the summit. Snow conditions on the Headwall were poor (very icy with chunks of frozen avalance debris) and a number of crevasses had opened up. The skiing back to Pinkham Notch from the Lower Headwall was fantastic with lots of nice bumps and only a few bare spots.
Pinnacle Buttress (III 5.8) -- September 2, 2007 -- Mary and I climbed this on our one-year anniversary on a perfect day with blue sky and no wind. I'd been waiting for good conditions to climb this route on previous trips to NH but never found them. Finally, the weather was suitable, but when we got to the base of the route, there were about 12 people standing around, including a party of four. We roped up and started simul-climbing which allowed us to get a pitch ahead of the masses. We finished the route in about an hour and went to the summit for lunch.
Pinnacle Gully (III WI3) -- November 29, 2008 -- Climbed Thanksgiving weekend with Bill Ayers and Taiwanese David Huang. We started early, stopped at the Harvard Cabin and chatted with the caretaker, then up to the base of the route. The first pitch was mostly good ice, then two ropelengths of straightforward snow. We topped out in the Garden in 40+mph winds with poor visibility and made our way towards the Lions Head descent. Made it back to Pinkham in time for the free cheese tasting. Good day and a good way to start the season.
There is weather on this mountain in case anyone asks.