Presidential traverse with Ryan Draft and Jamie Gagnon
Once summer 3 times winter
Took the Lion's Head up, only ran into one other hiker, and found a fresh orange in a plastic bag someone dropped (it belonged to the other hiker I met), nice snack (had to pick it up either way, hate litterbugs). Bagged Monroe also, thanks to a 70 yr. old gent who lead me there, visibility was zero, but he knew the way. He only charged a handshake and a granola bar (I had to force the bar into his hands). No views, very windy, 38 degrees, lots of wet mist. Learned my lesson on this one, cotton isn't even a word allowed to be spokan in my home, NOW. Took Tuckerman down, crowded as hell, and picked up lots of wrappers and what not. Easier route than Lion' Head, but due to the crowds I wish I went down the way I went up.
4AM to 3PM. Took the Lion Head Winter Route until it connected with the Tuckerman Ravine Trail past the Alpine Garden Junction. Cold day, wasn't snowing, low wind, low visibility, heard avalanches in the ravines while on the snow slope. Summited around 11:30 AM. Coming back Winter 2014 for round two.
My Ice Axe and Crampons saved me from serious injury on the descent down the Lion Head Winter Route.
An Ice Climber was killed in an avalanche that day, but didn't know about it until I got home late the next day. Mount Washington isn't a walk in the park hike while under snow.
Anywho, very fun, exhausting, but fun. Glad I got to put some mountaineering skill to the test that day.
1ST TIME UP, I CAN SEE MY SELF HIKING THIS MT. MANY MORE TIMES.
Summitted in 70mph, blowing snow and wind.
Great weather with a successful summit and descent. Ascended Lion Head and descended Tuckerman; first time on this mountain. What an amazing time! Tuckerman's ravine is an incredible place; not to be believed! I'm itching to do it all again going up Huntington's! I highly recommend this climb.
My family rented a place in the White Mountains for our summer vacation so this seemed like a no brainer. Roped my bro, sis, and sis' boyfriend into this as well. Tuckerman was closed so we took Lions Head. In the last hour the famous terrible weather kicked in with drizzle and pea soup for visibility. Enjoyed a bread bowl full of chili at the cafeteria. The hike down was brutal on knees and ankles. My bro is a triathlete but sis and sis' bf were sore the rest of the week. Still, a great, rewarding climb.
My son (12) and I (48) climbed this over the course of two days. From the Cog Railroad station, we hiked up the relatively easy Jewell Trail to the Summit, hung out at the Observatory for a while, then hiked down to Lakes-of-Clouds Hut. Spent a cold, damp night in a crowded room with a bunch of giggling middle school girls.
The next day, we awoke, grabbed a quick bite, and beat everyone else out the door as we took the challenging Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail back to the Cog RR station and the truck.
The weather on both days was absolutely perfect and the views from the trail and summit were unforgettable. Bucket list item checked off! A rewarding hike with my young son, one I will never forget.
Tuckerman Ravine / Lion Head
Beautiful day, not too many people on the trail. Visibility at the summit was top-notch.
Avoid motorcycle day.
Be sure to visit the Saalt Pub in Gorham for outstanding poutine and great beer after your hike (I did the night before my hike, after hiking Mansfield in VT -- but they are closed on Mondays).
I realize it was a Saturday but still! Had to wait in a line of twenty people to get to the actual highpoint. Nice folks though and everyone willing to take photos of your group. Number 10.
does not get nicer than that day was. Also, not a soul on the mountain
Took the heartiest of my BSA Venture Crew up for our second annual winter attempt. Slept at Hermit Lake the first night in near zero weather. Headed up Lions Head early and summited in amazingly clear weather! Snow storm came in fast and we descended in snow all the way down. We decided not to camp at Hermit Lake again which was good because the storm raged for most of a day. First winter ascent after 3 attempts in storms, below 0 cold and 100+ mph winds on other trys.
I climbed with the Norwich University Mountain Cold Weather Company. My group did Lions Head. Great hike. It was warm enough to summit in T- shirts, until we started standing around at the summit.
My brother and I Grabbed a shelter at Tuckerman Ravine and hunkered down for the night. It was nice having three walls and practically a fourth made of snow. Next day started up Lion Head in low vis/heavy wind. Had to break out the ice axes on the steep trail! Thought about turning around when visibility broke at Lion Head. Weather got better all day. Lucked out with a rather warm sunny day on top. Still windy, but it always is. Glissaded all the way down to camp!
First day was a wet/windy trek up the Jewell trail to a nice camping spot about halfway. Summit day was gorgeous! Wife rode the Cog Railway down and left me to break camp on my own.
Great day on the mountain, and will be back many times in the future.
It was a gorgeous day. We were worried it was going to rain as it was sprinkling in the morning but it turned into the perfect day. We headed went up Lion's Head trail and came back down Boott Spur. It was an unforgettable experience.
Solo-hike up via the Jewel Trail. There was still at least 2-3 feet of snow everywhere. Winds were in the mid 40's and the temps around 20 degrees at the summit. Windchill was 1 degree.
Could have never done it without snow-shoes.
nice that there's hot food on top though.