Ascent of Mount Washington on 2016-09-26
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, September 26, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6255 ft / 1906 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI did a fair bit of research for this my first ascent, a solo climb using the standard south route. Many good trip reports helped eliminate most of the confusion about route finding. Yet twice I still got off track. Once in the lower forest just before the climber's trail crosses a small creek before reaching the first open meadow (on my gps track, you can see some meandering near the first stream). The correct path is to bear right.
The second point of confusion was when I encountered the many trails that branch out upon reaching the upper meadow. Trip reports are unanimous about taking the "middle" branch, but by this time I was above treeline and the climber's trail quickly becomes bare rock occasionally marked by cairns. I proceeded a quarter mile up, had some doubts and backtracked to the meadow, then decided I had been on the right route. Once I reached the saddle, I could see my objective, and scrambling to the summit was fairly easy although nearing the summit I inadvertently took a steep goat track. It looked like the main trail but had needless exposure. Ignore the trail and approach the summit from the north. (see waypoint marked on gps track. Caption: "go right here, not left").
The last comment I should make is to suggest bringing at least two full liters of water or even more. I ran out of water on my way down and started getting leg cramps. Luckily, fellow peakbagger Vic Hanson who was a half hour behind me, came along and shared some of his water and saved my day (thanks Vic!)
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