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Ascent of Mount Washington on 2011-01-08

Climber: Eugene Rutzler

Others in Party:Daniel O'Keefe
Patrick O'Keefe
Brandin O'Keefe
Date:Saturday, January 8, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

We could not have asked for better weather. Clear skies, very low wind, and clouds approaching in the distance. We left Pinkham Notch at 340am and made steady progress up the Lion Head Summer Route to the Lion Head Pillar, which we reached in 3 hours. It took another 2 hours of exhaustive hiking to make it to the summit. We made the summit at 945 AM and spent 30 minutes taking photos and enjoying the views. The descent was uneventful. For our first time on Mt. Washington, and my second winter ascent ever, it was a perfect experience.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4256 ft / 1297 m
    Elevation Loss:4256 ft / 1297 m
    Grade/Class:II
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Frigid, Calm, Clear
Relatively Beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4256 ft / 1297 m
    Route:Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Lion Head Trail
    Trailhead:Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center  2032 ft / 619 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4256 ft / 1297 m
    Route:Lion Head Trail, Tuckerman Ravine Trail
    Trailhead:Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center  2032 ft / 619 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 30 Minutes



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