Known for the most extreme weather in the world, hiking Mount Washington is not for the novice or faint of heart! See why so many hikers & mountaineers come take this mountain on every winter!
Our 2nd stop on the Time to Climb America Tour brought us undoubtedly to this very peak. Many folks come here each and every year to test themselves in their ability to take on mother nature head on!
Of course this makes us no different! Dan, Matt & I hop in the car and make our way up from our beloved “Garden State” of NJ to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We made our stay in Plymouth where we met up with our guide Matt Ritter from Walkabout Mountain Guides. Matt gave us the rundown of our perspective trek: Distance 8.4 miles, 4000 ft of vertical gain taking the Ammonoosuc ravine up to the Lake of Clouds hut where we would then connect with the Crawford path to the Summit!
We lucked out and we were blessed with pretty favorable conditions. The ambient temperature was around 0 – 5F and the wind was a steady 40-45mph. A mountain known to have -15 and 60-85mph winds on average I’ll take our day as favorable!
As we broke through the tree line we realized that fair weather was ahead of us. We were able to see the summit and still had fairly minimal wind at this point.
When we had reached the Lake of the Clouds hut the wind and weather started to pick and become erratic. The clouds started coming in and out of the peaks eventually just engulfing our whole field of view. At this point we were about 1.5 miles away from the summit of Mount Washington.
Another perspective view: Mount Monroe is only about a half mile in the distance and you can not see that peak at all either!
Our Summit pic at the top from left to right:Dan Kasper, Matthew Bakalakis and Nicholas Hernandez(me)
Oh Carlos the rock climbing chicken also made the ascent as well!
A big thanks to Matt Ritter and Tim Mijal from Walkabout Mountain Guides for showing us the way and giving us a fun weekend of instructions and shenanigans!
Our hysterical descend “Glissading” back down the mountain: