2nd 50HP- WOW, on my birthday as well...
What an experience
climbed w/SP member Jerry L who has also posted some pictures, on the Yale Gully page. we climbed the first couple/few pitches of Yale Gully then climbed some mixed ground ending up in Damnation Gully w/about 100ft. to the top. Great climb!! I' actually recall the route pitch by pitch so here it goes:
P1: climbed the slab for 200ft.
P2: more ice to a snow/Ice anchor (~150ft.)
P3: we soloed a little AI2, then a little turf to a rock anchor (~125ft.) [picture posted]
P4: started w/ice then went to turf/trees ended above a little mixed ground (M3ish) (crack) with a #12 & #13 BD stopper jammed in (200ft.)
P5: we soled 4th class turf/snow (~200ft) [picture posted]
P6: (~85ft.) M3(+?) not my lead [I'll post a picture of this]
P7: 4th class rock/turf/snow. with one short traverse to the right, right above Damnation Gully (~125ft)
P8: (~175ft) 4th class snow/rock . with another short (but airy) traverse over Damnation Gully; brought us into the Gully proper (Damnation) then climbed about 100ft. to the top (in a white out)
we didn't slog to the summit
I don't think there could have been more perfect winter weather; crystal clear, -15, low wind.
Climbed this peak sometime in the 80s when I was a Boy Scout. I do remember it was long, but I had a good time.
First time attempting this peak. I was amazed at the sheer number of people headed up to Lions Head. We were literally in line behind 50 people. Besides that, it was awesome. We hit the summit around 3pm with sunny skies, low temperatures, and plenty of wind.
My first time in New England and loved every minute. We planned to climb Yale in Huntington but because of a late start and six climbers at the base of the ice (six!) we opted for Central and had a great snow and ice climb.
awesome place to celebrate america's birthday.....'cept I figure I shared the summit on a crystal clear day with about 250 other people most of whom either drove up or took the cog. But still remarkable
With the OSUMC group, climbed up the left snow gully in Tuckerman's and followed the cairns to the summit. Winds on the ridge 48mph gusting to 73mph. The gully was great fun - highly recommended!
Via Tuckerman Ravine. 70 degrees at Pinkham Notch and 9 at summit.
Hello all, I soloed Pinnacle Gully last Thursday in pretty thin conditions. I try to get up there and do it every year just to kick off the ice season, and since I usually go in December I'm used to thin, unbonded ice with running water - but this was pretty bad. The bottom pitch was no problem, but up higher there was a step where there was an open section of rock with water running and there was really no way around it. I had to get my axes in as high as I could in the ice, then work my feet up the rock until I had solid picks. Once I got all 4 points back onto good ice, the rest was no problem. The weather was in the mid-30's, maybe high 30's, and sunny until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. I didn't go to the summit because I just didn't feel like slogging up there over the rocks (not much snow on the mountain), so I went down the Lion's Head trail. All in all it was a great day on the mountain. Thanks to Chris the caretaker at the Harvard Cabin, and good luck to Mark, who's staying up at the cabin for a couple of weeks. I hope you get some good climbs in...
i did this with a friend and his dad. This was after hitting monroe, eisenhower and pierce.
Huntington Ravine trail is a blast.
Easy climb up Tuckerman's Ravine, still some snow at the headwall. Disappointing summit. Spend hours climbing to get to a parking lot at the top and wait in line for a summit photo.
I decided to climb a bit of a round about route, rather than going out and back because I have been up the Tuckerman Ravine trail quite a few times in the last couple years for skiing. I went up via Boott Spur and Davis path and came down via the Lions Head and Tuckerman Ravine Trails. Boott Spur is fun to do solo because you can stay solo for pretty much the whole length because it is one of the longer ways up to the summit from Pinkham. I only gave the mountain a rating of 6 because of the shock at the peak when get within a quarter mile and experience what I can only describe as the collective smell of civilization, all at once. I had around 200 foot visibility max above treeline most of the time and I could have followed my nose to the peak at that point. Otherwise it was a pretty good hike and I managed to make it down in time to have Pinkham nachos!
The colors were great. The summit was socked in of course and was very windy and cold. Fun route.
Numerous ascents during many times of year. one of may trails i have taken to the summit. it is moderate in most place and great views of Tuckerman and Wildcat are plentiful. This trail is a safer bet for ascent when snow and ice fill Tuckerman ravine and The Tuckerman Ravine Trail becomes slick or dangerous
We were doing a Presidential traverse but ended up going down to Hermit Lake Shelters and hiking back up to Washignton on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, and then on towards the northern Presidents. SOme of our party ended up going back up Washington the next day. They werent tired even after our 17+ mile the day before.
although ive been all over this beast this day took the cake. fighting 80 mph winds and white-out conditions is a bit of the norm for my luck on washington. thank god literally for the "escape hatch" retreat glissade