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Poll: WOULD YOU TAKE A SLEEPING BAG ON MT. WASHINGTON WINTER HIKE (DAY HIKE TO SUMMIT)
Yes 5 / 13%
No 31 / 79%
Depends on weather 3 / 8%
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julio412


Feb 3, 2009, 9:57 AM
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Re: [andrewd] WOULD YOU TAKE A SLEEPING BAG ON MT. WASHINGTON WINTER HIKE (DAY HIKE TO SUMMIT) [In reply to]
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Bothy Bag
There popular in Scotland,MEC and Wild Things make them here, I have Terra Nova; at 1/2 a .LB
one could keep (help) 2 people alive in super conditions for quite awhile.


andrewd


Feb 3, 2009, 10:09 AM
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Re: [karlie] WOULD YOU TAKE A SLEEPING BAG ON MT. WASHINGTON WINTER HIKE (DAY HIKE TO SUMMIT) [In reply to]
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karlie wrote:
Andrew,

I have summited Washington many times in the winter and have also been turned away at Lions Head a couple times as well. Here's my two cents:

Cliff bars will be hard as a brick, bring chocolate bars or something fatty that won't freeze too badly and keep in chest pocket. I like to get some calories from juice as well or something, makes a delicious slushy up there.

Bring an extra pair of goggles or use cat crap, you'll be warm from hiking for several hours and end up with a layer of ice inside otherwise.

Most parties that are struggling up there appear to be wearing way TOO MUCH. Consequently they end up with the problem of heat management and have to slow down because they are out of shape or too warm to speed up. Remember this is a walk-up hike, more or less. It is not uncommon for parties to summit and make it back to log out in less than 6 hours comfortably. It's great that you are well prepared, but I never bring my sleeping bag.

The last two times I summited comfortably, I was only wearing a breathable softshell, balaclava, and two layers beneath. My point is that if you are moving you will be warm, even in high winds and -15 temps. And if you're in shape, there is no altitude to slow you down so you can move pretty swiftly up there. Have fun! Maybe I'll see you up there!Blush
PS: On the weekends it's downright BUSY with hikers. Get an early start!

Went up a few weekends ago. Summited in beautiful weather. Was actually only blowing about 20mph at the top. The traverse from lions head through the alpine gardens saw gusts in the 60's ish but nothing too bothersome. I actually was fairly hot with just a polypro base and a hardshell. Temps were about 10deg F. I was also battling a cold/flu/sorethroat something so I was overheating. But I just took it slow and made it up and back in about 5 hours. It was really awesome, lots of snow, pretty much had to break trail because we were the first ones up that weekend. I have pics, i need to post. Visibility at the top was about 80miles. Very Amazing

And I ended up not taking a bag. I ate cookie dough and a ham sandwich (cookie dough in a tube). Plus downed two nalgine bottles with a mix of water and gatoraid. I think it worked fairly well except that i was hot (mostly due to me being sick) And I really probably shouldn't have done it being sick but I didn't feel terrable just a bit run down.

All and All it was a very fun hike and I'm glad I got to the top this time.

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