Ascent of Mount Washington on 2019-09-13

Climber: Declan Robert Kiley

Date:Friday, September 13, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

Exceptionally clear and calm day. Forecast 45 degrees and 15-25 mph winds at summit. Planned to do Monroe and Washington via Amanoosuc and Jewell Trails. Ultimately hiked all the way along southern Presidential Ridge. Completely clear all day with very little, almost no, wind at Washington summit. Unbelievable for first ascent. Bitter about development atop Mount Washington. Once the "Place of the Great Spirit" that the tribes did not ascend out of deference- now the place of the great tourist attraction. Burning coal from the Cog was in my nose going up- would've mooned it.
Path up to Wash. summit hard to follow, even in perfect conditions- head was down just looking at my footing.
Amazing day, decided to lengthen the hike since the weather was so clear. Went all the way down to Mt. Jackson and descended in the dark a little. Hiked over Monroe, Eisenhower, Pierce, and Jackson on same trip (did Monroe twice since I wasn't positive I hit the true summit when I ascended before Washington--I did).
Clear stars, Jupiter just above mountains in the east, and the full (harvest) moon rose to the west. Hitched back to Amanoosuc the next morning.
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    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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