Ascent of Mount Washington on 2005-06-26

Climber: Greg Saltsman

Others in Party:Breck Aspinwall
Mike Dropp
Date:Sunday, June 26, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arrived in Conway yesterday to 100-degree temperatures, so not surprisingly, it was a hot and humid hike up the Crawford Path this morning. Great views on the Presidential Range today, but none to either side due to thick haze. We knocked off Pierce, Eisenhower and Monroe in relatively short order and made it to Lakes of the Clouds Hut around 1:30 pm. After napping for an hour or so, we took off for Mt. Washington and hung out on the summit for awhile. We then descended back down to the Hut and took a refreshing swim in the lower lake. We were then treated to a damn fine dinner and entertainment by the hut crew, topped off by a nature hike around the lakes, led by one of the hut guys. This was my first overnight in one of the AMC huts and it won't be my last. It was a lot of fun.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Mt. Monroe Loop-Crawford Path
    Start Trailhead:Monroe summit  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Crawford Path
    End Trailhead:Lakes of the Clouds Hut  
Ascent Part of Trip: Presidential Traverse (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Pierce2005-06-26 
2Mount Eisenhower2005-06-26 
3Mount Monroe-West Peak2005-06-26 
4Mount Monroe2005-06-26 
5Mount Washington2005-06-26 
6Mount Clay2005-06-27 
7Mount Jefferson2005-06-27 
8Mount Adams2005-06-27 

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