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Ascent of Mount Washington on 2009-08-15

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Ruth Fitzpatrick
Johnny Fitzpatrick
Date:Saturday, August 15, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began the hike from Pinkham Notch at 1:45AM. Met a guy on the way up that had turned back out of fear of bears, but he decided to hike with us to the hut. Beautiful night, no clouds, could easily see the milky way and the remnants of the Perseid meteor shower. Ascended by Lions Head. Once we broke out of the trees during the steepest section of Lions head, we turned out the headlamps and climbed by moonlight the rest of the way. Fantastic early twilight views looking down into Tuckerman ravine. Lost the trail once on the final ascent, had to backtrack a bit. The cairns can be hard to find in the dark.

Summited around 5:30, 20min before sunrise. It is always a little depressing to come over that last ridge and find yourself at the bottom of the lower parking lot. Caught a beautiful sunrise at 6 as the summit crews prepared for the bike race that day. Headed back down about 6:15. Took Tuckerman ravine trail down, the waterfall was flowing strong and was beautiful, great clear views of the ravine. Passed tons of hikers on their way up, got to answer lots of questions as to how we were on our way down so early.

Arrived back at the car around 9:10, a little slower than book time for the round trip. Long 4 hours drive back to Boston. Got home just in time to get to the commons to play a softball game. Running around the bases after the hike and no sleep physically hurt.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4257 ft / 1297 m
    Elevation Loss:4319 ft / 1316 m
    Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
None
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4257 ft / 1297 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Lions Head Trail
    Trailhead:Pinkham Notch  2031 ft / 619 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4319 ft / 1316 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Tuckerman's Ravine Trail
    Trailhead:Pinkham Notch  1969 ft / 600 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 45 Minutes



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