Terrible weather indeed!
Summited in total whiteout conditions, with winds gusting up to 100mph. Worth it, though.
Climbed this baby in winter, for me the only time to go for Washington. First because of the lack of tourists with motor vehicles and second for the ability to walk on the snow instead of the trillion boulders and rocks one has to walk on in the summer.
When we summited, the official temperature was -7 (F) with 23 MPH winds making the wind chill a balmy -30. The only factor that allowed us to summit in these conditions was the generous amount of sunshine combined with our winter hiking experience and proper collection and use of gear.
We took the Lions Head Winter route and it was gorgeous! We had the summit to ourselves.
I truly did not think I could endure such conditions but we did it! and enjoyed it the entire time.
vie the Presidential Traverse.
Up Tuckermans, as an overnight with stay at base of Ravine. Had fun with the kids
Big block of a mountain, but hazy views when I was atop. Rocky trails will take their toll at day's end too! ;-]
Drove to the top with my girlfriend via the auto road. Had plans/hut reservations to snow climb via Tuckerman Ravine (IIRC) the following Jan, but the weather was 50F that weekend and we bailed. Moved to CA the following summer and haven't had a chance to go back yet...
It was an extraordinary introduction to the White Mountains.We did the presidential traverse that day.I climbed Madison,Adams,Jefferson,Clay and then Washington.It was cold and windy,but truly exeptional.
Huntington's ravine...alpine garden...AWESOME
up to the summit cone...what an ANT HILL!!
Boot Spur...ahhhh...quiet solitude!
Hiked up Washington in June 97. Incredibly windy on the summit, gusts over 100 mph.
Climbed up Boott Spur and down Lion's Head. Tons of wind and snow and fog along Boott Spur to the peak and tons of rime on Lion's Head trail.
Definitely underestimated the Great Gulf Trail. Began around 9am and didn't summit until late afternoon. We hitchhiked down the mountain rather than climbing down in darkness! Weather was great, low 50s.
First but not last time up Washington was most likely the best time Ill have, once reaching the top there were wind gusts close to 100 giving the opportunity to lean back in to the wind and having it hold you up at a 30 degree angle.
the coldest place iv ever been.
Weather: Broken Fog
Temperature: -28°F (-80 WC)
Wind: NW 92mph
Visibility: 1/8 mile
Relative Humidity: 100%
Station Pressue: 23.44" rising
Ground Conditions: 7" Snow
Great hike, very cold and windy. Fist summit!
Really enjoyed the scramble from the top of the scree... a great little climb and from the top... there was a dusting of snow and views as far as the eye could see... what more could I ask for?
Hiked via Huntington Ravine Trail. Man was it foggy!
I've climbed Washington many ways, starting as an 8 year old via the Great Gulf, via the Presidential Traverse, via the Lion's Head Winter Route, via Pinnacle Gully Ice, etc. It's like a home away from home in the Northeast...there's certainly something for everyone.
I'm never going here again.
negative 27 degrees (with windchill), 60mph winds with gusts up to 95mph, low visability (around 15 feet max), snowing... Awesome first winter climbing experiance!
IT was an awesome climb.