Ascent of Mount Washington on 2007-06-06

Climber: Mark Ingersoll

Others in Party:My friend Dave from NY and his rottie
Date:Wednesday, June 6, 2007
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 started the morning at Pinkham Notch visitor center and headed towards Tuckerman's ravine. It was sunny and 85, we were in our shorts but had all the needed winter gear with us. We took the Lion's head trail bcz Tuck's was closed. The sun was out and the weather beautiful. As we got to the lion's head the temp dropped and the wind picked up tremendously. At the base of the summit cone it was down to less than 50 degrees but still as sunny. The wind was steady at over 30 mph. We began the climb up the cone which at times seemed more like rock climbing and rock hopping than hiking. I saw the tower and heard the cog railway. My pace intensified because I knew we were close and my heart raced with anticipation. We summitted, much to my laughter, into the parking lot. I insisted we stay on rocks to the summit, which proved rather difficult given the many obstacles on top. We summitted in 33 degrees, 50 mph winds, sunny skies and all smiles! What a glorious day.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Clear
Sunshine but windy.

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