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Ascent of Mount Washington on 2012-02-05

Climber: Chad Straub

Others in Party:Scott
Maverick(k9)
Date:Sunday, February 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

I believe Scotty and I were the first on the trail this day, we saw 6 others. If you plan on hitting this summit by way of the direct route(not the Great Wall route), do yourself a favor and turn left (west) at the 3rd juction. You can't mistake this turnoff as it is along the bank of the only pond near any trail on Mt Washington.

We made the mistake of heading East, and the further mistake of continuing past where the snowshoe tracks we were following turned back. This overgrown remnant of an abandoned forest road dissapears at the base of the steep North face. It was slow going in well over 3 feet of snow, and there was probably some risk of avalanche, but we weren't turning back.

It took us nearly 4 1/2 hours to reach the summit, by far my slowest trip. The sky was slightly overcast, but we got a few sunbursts and the summit was relatively windless. Baker and Glacier Peak were clearly visible to the north.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3200 ft / 975 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3200 ft / 975 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3200 ft / 975 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:North Face
    Start Trailhead:Trailhead  1200 ft / 365 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3200 ft / 975 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:North Face
    End Trailhead:Trailhead  1200 ft / 365 m
    Time:2 Hours 



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