Ascent of Mount Washington on 2011-07-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Monday, July 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

Daniel and I wanted to climb this famous mountain with the extreme weather. We picked a perfect day and left from the Pinkham Notch and elected to do the Tuckerman Ravine Trail up to the Lion Head Trail and then to the summit. Along the way we checked out the streams and the waterfall of the Cutler River. We enjoyed climbing up the Lion Head and picked non trail routes to play with some scrambling for fun photos. The weather was perfect so we took wonderful photos of the Presidential Range and now I want to climb along the Presidential traverse! About 150 feet from the top the weather suddenly changed and clouds of fog rolled in and gave us white out the minute we reached the top. Ha!~

The temperature was 80F at the bottom but by the time we summitted and the fog rolled in it was 42F and windy. Glad I brought the rain gear and fleece. The top 200 feet of the ascent was a typical alpine boulder to boulder to leap but the rocks were very stable.
State HP#18 done.

After a 3 hour climb of 4200 feet or so, it is a bit dissapointing to have to share the highpoint photo with hundreds of people that simply drive up. In this regard, Baxter Peak in Katahdin (Maine's HP) is a much more special ascent. At least, we had the trail pretty to much our self for most of the day until we reached the top. See Trip Report for playing around on the Crags for extra hiking and re-ascending Washington later that day for more gain and training on the legs. As for this leg of the trip the minor amount of extra Ascent: Checking out waterfalls, and other features along the way and few rolls around 100 feet more.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4357 ft / 1328 m
    Total Elevation Loss:313 ft / 94 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy
varied from 80F to 42F from calm to windy from clear to white out foggy...typical of this mountain
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4357 ft / 1328 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4257 ft / 1297 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Tuckerman Ravine Trail to LionHead
    Start Trailhead:Pinkham Notch Parking  2031 ft / 619 m
    Time:3 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:213 ft / 64 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Nelson Crag
    End Trailhead:Saddle between peak and first crag  6075 ft / 1851 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt Washington

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Washington2011-07-25 b4357 ft / 1328 m
2Ball Crag2011-07-25 c31 ft / 9 m
3Nelson Crag2011-07-25 d35 ft / 11 m
4Ball Crag2011-07-25 e506 ft / 154 m
5Mount Washington2011-07-25 e213 ft / 65 m
Total Trip Gain: 5142 ft / 1567 m    Total Trip Loss: 973 ft / 296 m

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