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Ascent of Mount Washington on 2016-02-05

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Kevin Tilton
Date:Friday, February 5, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

I've run up the Mt Washington Auto Road 27 times. Twenty-five of those times were during the road race (June) and the other two were "training runs" in August. I've never been up in winter. Kevin Tilton has been up the road MANY times. He sent me an email earlier this month stating "time to get off our asses and actually do this run". We had talked about a winter run before but never got it together. This weekend we'd do it!
I had Friday off due the Northfield race (which was cancelled due to lack of snow) so off I went. It was snowing/raining the entire 3 hour drive. We got to the start at 930 and picked up our free snowshoe pass. I carried a bunch of extra clothes and snowshoes and some gels. Kevin carried about the same. It was 26 degrees and snowy when we started. The summit was 7 degrees with winds around 20 mph and freezing fog.
We took our time just enjoying being outside and chatting the whole climb. KT noted a few times that if it looked bad we'd bail. It never got really bad. The worst of it was the icy footing but microspikes kept us going. At 3 miles Kevin took off a layer and I got some pictures.
At 4 miles the wind picked up as we got above tree-line. We also got our only views of the day.
The weather cooperated even though it was a bit chilly with the wind. There were a few spots of bare road and a few extended spots of ice but mostly it was okay.
We thought we'd get in trouble when the snow-cat stopped and the driver got out. But he waived and yelled "Hi Kevin!". Too funny!
We reached the top in 1:55 and spent about 5 minutes on top before heading on down (as we were getting cold). Back down in 1:20. Great day!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4702 ft / 1433 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.2 mi / 24.5 km
    Route:Auto Road
    Trailhead:Route 16  1586 ft / 483 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, White-out
7 degrees, freezing fog, low vis
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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