Deep postholing through Tuckerman gully, would recommend snow shoes until base of the headwall. The mid mountain lean-to shelter makes a timely lunch spot and to re-gear. We summited pretty late in the day after 5hrs of climbing. Relative light winds (less than 50knots) at summit and not too chilly (5F). Arriving new weather system brought us whiteout, blizzard-like conditions. After 30 minutes on top, we descended kairn by kairn to the ridgeline using the last of the daylight. Disoriented in the whiteout, we traversed a lot looking for the steep notch to descend thru the rock headwall. Never found it but took a bearing using GPS, compass, and 50ft of visibility! A couple of unplanned slopes & slides later we were in the gully 4000' at dark. Re-established the tuckerman trail after a brief stint postholing around large boulders and thru the forest. An unplanned 2nd night in a snow shelter seemed very likely before finding the trail out. Down by 8:20pm. This 6000' mountain was quite a challenge and got the adrenaline pumping!
Second state highpoint. The visibility was so good I could see all the way to New Hampshire.
Attempted Washington via Lion's Head. Left on a beautiful morning at the base of the mountain but got smacked in the face by freezing temps and 120mph winds above the tree line. We got close enough to see the road and had to turn around. We decided the summit wasn't worth getting blown off the mountain. Neither of us could stand up straight or walk normally. Took a bit of a scary slide at one point.
Despite all this, it was a lovely climb and was very nice inside the tree line.
The day after our failed ascent we tried again. Perfect conditions. No winds and the temperature was in the 20s. We even saw a guy with shorts and a long sleeve shirt on! (intense!) 6 hours up 2 hours down.
One of our team members had a severe case of hypothermia so we were forced to turn around a short distance below Lions Head. The winds were like 50 mph with 70 mph gusts. Pretty insane weather.
First drove to the top summer of 1970. Legitimate climb had to wait 37 years. Summited in good weather conditions via the Lion's Head trail, winds no more than 20mph and temperatures in the 20's. Good training hike.
1996: Climbed twice in the summer, first by Lion Head (successful) and then by the Jewell Trail
December 1997: First winter climb with UMass Crew team mates on New Year's Eve (unsuccessful due to poor visibility).
December 1998: Second winter ascent in with the Crew team, this time we made it!
January 2001: Unsuccessful ascent due to high winds past Lion's Head
January 2008: Unsuccessful due to high winds past Lion's Head
January 2009: I learned that the high winds around Lion Head dissipate after a few hundred meters. 17 January our group of four made it through the Alpine Garden and halfway up the summit before turning around due to intense -25F cold. On 19 January, my partner and I summitted under much better conditions (15F above, 40mph winds, 100m visibility).
Already planning the 2010 ascent...perhaps via Tuckerman or Ammonousic.
I spent two weeks treking up and down the White Mountains back in 1975 then hitched over to Bar Harbor, Maine. What a great trip as a 17 year old. My ohter Presidential summits were during this trip. Came down Tuckerman's on this decent.
See my bro-in-laws trip report for our experience--Presidential Traverse - Madison to Webster. Spectacular
Wonderful ascent, alas in por weather. Mt washington deserve its reputation of being very windy and should not be underestimated.
I drug my father up Mt. Washington via the Tuckerman's Ravine Trail. We spent the night at the Hermit Lake tent platforms, and awoke around 5 am to set off for the summit. The ravine itself is awesome fun, and then its a little jaunt of the talus slope to the summit. We got up there too early, as the restaurant was closed on the summit.
Just back from a Colorado trip and convinced that nothing on the east coast could be tough, I got my first case of humility on Mount Washington. It may be only 6k (or so) feet, but this was a tough dayhike. The scenery was beautiful though. And it was about 40 deg on the summit in July.
Due to time constraints we took the auto road to the summit. The summit was like a circus. Lots of people, trains and buildings. It wasn't the worst highpoint I've done, but it wasn't the best either. Some of the views along the way were pretty however.
Had a great time doing a late fall hike up Lion's Head and down Tuckerman's. Snow all throughout the alpine zone.
we decided to do the cog rr. We were celebrating our anniversary and he hurt his knee so we cheated and rode the cog railway up. Never got to see the view anyway since it was clouded over as usual!
2nd successful summit out of 3 tries. Bagged it first in 1995 by running up Tuckerman's ravine with a minimalist 5 lb pack, had what I would consider an axiety attack at the top Huntington ravine's wall and turned back in 2000, and muscled through the complete presidential traverse this past year:
Traversed from the north over three nights, camped off of valley way trail below treeline and hiked up to madison the next morning. then over the adams' jefferson, clay and to lakes of the clouds hut. a heck of an odyssy carrying camping equipment - never again. Learn from other's exertions! Go lite and stay at the huts the whole time! Summited Mt Washington the next morn and south over monroe, franklin, eisenhower, pierce and camped next to mizpah. down to civilization the next day. Rough work out but awesome trek.
But that was as far as I could get. Came up Tucks into the remnants of Hurricane Ike, 60-80 mph winds gusting to 100, along with 30 degree rain blasting me. I made it to the Tuckerman crossover at the top of the ridge, but with the wind blowing at me from the side, it wasn't safe to ascend any further, having never been on this mountain before. I cannot wait to try it again though.
Second time up Mt. Washington. Started from the Madison Springs hut that morning and bagged Adams, Jefferson, and Clay that morning. Got "smogged" out by the Cog Railway as we approached the tracks....bad timing! Lovely views on the way up, but lots of wind, as usual. Took a quick break inside before making our way to Lakes of the Clouds Hut for the night.
Weather went from heavy clouds with 20' of visibility to unlimited visibility within about two minutes. Windy, of course, but gorgeous.