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Dec 24, 2006, 7:12 AM

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Re: [mikenj] Winter Mt Washington
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There are several factors your guide will likely use in deciding your route that day...if it is sane to go up....I worked out of the AMC's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (back when it was a 'camp'!) Routinely is can seem fine down at 2000 feet and be howling up on the 'rockpile'. If the wind chill values are 10-20 below zero, it might be wise to wait for another day. As already mentioned, once above the rim of Tucks, Huntington's, Lion's Head, etc. one is fully exposed to the wind for another the summit does not have shelter in the winter so figure on 3-4 hours of exposure before getting back down below treeline. My favorite route is the Boot Spur trail, but this is not used much in winter as it only increases the time and mileage above treeline. Most parties check in with the caretaker at Hermit Lake shelters (base of the bowl) to check current conditions on their way up. As far as conditioning, by many standards the hiking is considered relatively moderate by world standards, but White mountain trails are notorious for taking the direct line often with sustained steep grades that will get your heart pumping! Crampons are sometimes used above treeline esp. when very icy conditions exist.
Have fun, and be safe!
Here's a link to the AMC's website:

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