big pile of rocks
Ok. Hands down. Coldest I've ever been. Winds were 70mph. Went up Lions Head Trail. The next winter it took 3 days to summit (going through the Great Gulf). The snow was seriously deep. This was the hardest thing I've ever done to date. It was exhausting. (Like climbing a sand dune in snowshoes!) We climbed it maybe 5-6 times more in the winter and summitted 2-3 times. Went up one year and turned around due to whiteout & whipping winds. Great Great fun!
Have done in both summer and winter via Tuckerman and Lions Head.
Up Tuckerman - Lion Head
Down Nelson Crag - Old Johnson Road
Up Lions Head, down Right Right Gully.
Up Pinnacle, down Lions Head
Up Lions Head, down Tuckermand Ravine trail
Although the visability was 25' on the Summit it was still a fantastic climb, and a huge adventure. Just what the doctor ordered. Stayed at Hermit Lake 2 nights. Summitted Mt. Monroe via Boott Spur on day 2. Conditions nearly identical. Low visability, wind chill around 15 or so. Sleet,rain and snow.Summer in the Whites.
Cold clear sunny day and low risk of avalanches. Nice firm snow enabled us to kick steps. Watched a group of riders and skiers come down around us but otherwise it was a quiet day in Tux. Summited Washington in strong wind, still clear sunny skies - a gift!
My first ascent up Washington, and wow was it a beauty! Had great weather, blue skies, and wonderful views around us. The scrambling up Huntington was a blast. Enjoyed a brief lunch at the summit house, and then made our way down the Lion's Head Trail, arriving at the trailhead 7 hours after our start. I can't say enough about this area...the views of the ravines were stunning!
Crossed over the summit as part of a South to North Presidential Traverse. Stopped inside to eat our lunch. Very windy (80 mph gusts) and chilly (40's). The summit was in the clouds most of the day so no views while we were on it. Only views were looking back at the summit from Adams later.
Unsuccessful attempt of south gully. Hiked up in the rain and once we hit the base of huntington the fog rolled in way too thick. Be back once the snow starts to fall thats for sure.
My dog Spanky and I couldn't see much of anything after about 4,000 ft. Doesn't mattter - it was a great day! Please go to http://50summits.blogspot to read our trip report.
I climbed this 3 or 4 times when I was a kid. This was a huge mountain back then.
A nice climb, but the visitor center at the summit is an unfortunate reality.
Climbed the route solo in Heavy Fog. My first time on Washington and no view. Very empty on top as only five climbed it all day.
Hiked up the TRT to Lion's Head, to the Summit (too many frikkin autos) and then down to Lakes to spend the night. Went swimming in the Lakes (frikkin cold), and then hiked down Boott Sput the next day.
A fun day out
Lots of people on the trail but the 60+ degree temperatures and sun made up for the crowds. Summit was a little disappointing (climbing for hours to reach a full parking lot), but on the whole definitely a great first climb.
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