Mount Washington Climber's Log

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Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Apr 24, 2002 9:27 am Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2001

See Below  Sucess!

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.

jeffn - Apr 3, 2002 7:46 pm

Route Climbed: Lion Head Date Climbed: January 1999  Sucess!

There is weather on this mountain in case anyone asks.

tedde1 - Mar 27, 2002 4:42 pm

Route Climbed: all directions all seasons Date Climbed: many  Sucess!

A classic, especially on a clear fall day

MacRaider4 - Mar 21, 2002 8:31 pm

Route Climbed: Ammonoosuc Up, Jewel Down Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

Finally started hitting the larger mountains in the NE this spring/summer. After doing Mt. Marcy (NY) in May, it was time to climb Mt. Washington. Being slightly overweight this wasn't the easiest of climbs, but wasn't quite as hard as I thought it would be. I'm looking forward to taking some of the other trails up this season.


rpc - Mar 21, 2002 2:19 pm

Route Climbed: Ammonoosuc Ravine Date Climbed: late May 2000  Sucess!

Very nice hike - the weather cooperated 100 % although people who left before us and were coming down looked soaked. Will do more of the Presidential Range next time we're on the east coast. Beautiful place.


GuitarWIzard - Mar 15, 2002 6:52 pm

Route Climbed: Tuckerman, Boott Spur, Lion Head (Summer & Winter Routes) Huntington, Ammonoosuc, Jewel, Gulfside, Nelson Crag, Crawford Path Date Climbed: Every month of the year  Sucess!

I've been on the mountain in every month of the year, from sunny and warm conditions with no wind, to blizzard conditions at night, to 100 mph winds and clear skies, and night hikes in the winter under the stars. I think I can honestly say there is no other "small" mountain in the world that offers the same conditions of Mt. Washington. You can get the same weather as the Himalayas at 6,288 feet, and you don't get altitude sickness or raped on the ridiculous expedition costs. Plus, it's only a 4 hour drive from my house, which works well :). My brother and I are planning a Denali expedition, and minus the altitude and air temps (after all, unless you go to Antarctica, simulating the air temps at Denali is rather difficult....the coldest Mt. Washington will typically get to is "only" -20 or -30 degrees F.), there is no better way to prepare for the weather than Mt. Washington. You can get 120 mph winds, whiteout blizzard conditions, mind-numbing temps, and the summit is only a little over 4 miles from the road. Can't beat that with a stick.

aidclimb - Mar 15, 2002 3:22 pm

Route Climbed: tuckerman ravine Date Climbed: march of 1999  Sucess!

very windy all day reached whiteout conditions by 11:00 am about an hour from the summit. the wind continued at a sustaind blow of 60mph with gust reaching in excess of 100mph. after reaching the summit and a few very quick pictures we headed down with the use of a compass. the visibility was less than 20ft and the trip took 9.5 hours


schadik - Nov 19, 2001 5:28 am

Route Climbed: Tuckermanns Date Climbed: 1985, 1986.  Sucess!

Some of my first climbing experiences were in and around that area. I used to dream about skiing tuckermanns but never got around to it.

The Flash - Oct 1, 2001 3:07 pm

Route Climbed: Up Boott Spur down Lions Head Date Climbed: Sept 29 2001  Sucess!

I am a fairly novice Hiker ( Just a couple of small mountains in the Blue ridge and Catskills) I went up the Boott Spur to the summit this weekend and came down Lion Head. I t was by far the coolest Hike I've ever been on. I spent at least three to four hours above the treeline and the views were incredible.


brandon - Sep 18, 2001 4:36 pm

Route Climbed: Lion's Head Date Climbed: Winter 1996  Sucess!

Have done couple of winter solo climbs of Washington. Presidentials in winter is the best preparation I know for Alaska weather.


Romain - Sep 10, 2001 5:48 pm

Route Climbed: Lion's Head Date Climbed: February 1998

Celebrating my Stanford job offer... A nice alpine stroll in the middle of winter, we were blessed by great weathr and calm winds.... Trip report

greylock - Aug 23, 2001 5:41 am

Route Climbed: Tuckerman's Ravine Trail Date Climbed: 8/20/2001  Sucess!

Successful climb to the summit after an attempt last year in 70 mile an hour winds and torrential rain. Conditions were: foggy and windy as usual. No view from the summit. Hike down to Lakes of the Clouds and climb Monroe and back down to Pinkham's Notch via Boot Spur Trail.


John - Aug 16, 2001 7:04 pm

Route Climbed: Tucks (trail & a winter gully), Lion Head (summer & winter) Date Climbed: 1999, 1998, 1997  Sucess!

I've been to this peak 5 times and the summit 3 times, during the spring, summer, and autumn. Both the spring and autumn visits were with snow in winter-like conditions. The first time I hiked up with Rob and Robyn in August and the area above the Tuckerman bowl was cloudy with 15 foot visibility. The second time was with Josh and I did a solo trip the third time. The latter two trips were with perfect weather and clear views from the summit. The other two times were a winter visit where I turned around at Hermit Lake due to weather and an early spring attempt on the Dodge's Drop route, also with Josh.

See more photos: April 25, 1999, December 20, 1998, and August 3, 1997.

Peter Eliassen

Peter Eliassen - Aug 16, 2001 12:58 pm

Route Climbed: Tuckerman's Ravine Date Climbed: 1/8/01  Sucess!

Wonderful steep hike for crampon and ice axe practice!

D'Arcy - Aug 8, 2001 11:10 am

Route Climbed: Tuckerman's/Lion Head Date Climbed: January 2000  Sucess!

Be prepared for bad weather & big wind!

William Marler

William Marler - May 20, 2001 1:24 pm

Route Climbed: Lots of routes mostly Tuckermans Date Climbed: 1980,1995,1999,2001  Sucess!

I have been very lucky with the weather conditions over the years. Always enjoyable. Cheers


Josh - Mar 28, 2001 10:55 am

Route Climbed: Lots Date Climbed: Lots  Sucess!

I spend a good part of my youth on Mount Washington and the other peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire -- a fantastic place.

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