November can be a fickle time of year. Some climbers are looking to extend the rock season and other have had enough being ready to swing tools into an ice climb. This week Steve and I enjoyed three perfect days in NH with prime conditions for both rock climbing and winter mountaineering.
On our final day we climbed New Hampshires Mt Washington via the Ammonusuc Ravine and Jewel trails. Mt Washington is a tough climb in any season but early winter conditions put the test to us both. The trail had all conditions, snow, ice, rocks, roots and mud. This kept us focused on footwork and route finding for the entire 9 mile, 8 hour journey into the wilds.
Steve deserves a round of applause for this climb. Another great climb together and Steve’s 15th time on the summit. Varied and rugged conditions this time and no give me – we climbed hard to make it happen.
The micro spike – footwear of choice for early season ascents.
Majestic Mt Washington in the early morning hours.
Sun making its first appearance over the Lake of the Clouds Hut.
Steve breaking through the treeline into the alpine world.
Beautiful rime action and lots of it this time.
Thick rime encased all the signs.
Finally some easy going on this area of the alpine gardens and summit cone.
Moments like these!!! The sun high above putting a fine light on this trulty unique mountain environment.
The summit area buildings were totally encased in the snow, ice, and rime.
Thumbs are up on the summit. #15 for the Repman!!!!Over the top and down the north west side to the Jewell Trail
The Jewell Trail was peaceful but conditions were very rugged and difficult.
Back at the Marshfield Station after completing our 8 hour mountain journey.
Thank you Steve for another fantastic three day climbing adventure.
Art Mooney – IFMGA guide