The wintry mix greeted us right out of the gate. As we hike on the Ammonusuc Trail to gem pool light snow fell from above and the temperature hovered at 20 degrees. Our team of 6 all wondered what the conditions would be like climbing Mt Washington in the alpine zone. The forecasted wind was 40 to 50 and temperature earlier that morning above 5000 feet was a crisp 5 degrees. With this in mind we hiked higher getting prepared to venture out into a wintry mix of snow, high winds, and to take it further we would likely be in a white out climbing with limited visibility.
The team well rested and prepared for an extreme day on the mountain. The mandatory clothing for this day included face masks, goggles, expedition mittens and parkas. Once prepared with these items we had a good chance of success on climbing Mt Washington New Hampshires highest mountain.
Full of happiness and smiles, we were psyched to be climbing today.
Early season conditions can be tough, with exposed rocks, tree routes, open river crossing and more. This season is off to an excellent beginning. With this amount of snow cover the trail was quite easy to travel on and we were able to make quick time ascending the mountain.
Sam pictured in front took a break from college and ventured into the NH mountains for this weekend adventure.
Into the mist we climbed. This picture is in the alpine garden area above 5000 feet. I called it a white world and a spectacular world too. The sculpted wind drifted snow makes for some amazing figures and shapes in the fog. Our team made good progress and kept right behind me as I broke open the trail to the top.
Absolutely stunning – the sky opened up and revealed Mt Washingtons upper slopes. We all were so excited and energized as we climbed higher above the clouds.
Sam, Becky and Annie dressed for the extreme weather. We climbed Mt Washington, it was a spectacular day with full winter conditions.
Becky and Annie big smiles mid way on the mountain. Thank you for this fun weekend of climbing together.