Yesterday, the LAST day of winter, I had the opportunity to take mother and son team, Amy and Will, on their first ascent of Mount Washington. These two had done some other adventurous stuff around the world; climbing in the Gunks, back-country snowboarding in the San Juan’s, glacier travel in Alaska, sea kayaking, and more.
Given the crowds, ascending the traditional Lion’s Head Winter Route, and the snow conditions in the Ravine, we opted for the more alpine “Lobster Claw” gully to ascend the mountain. We were treated to bluebird skies, virtually no wind, and very reasonable temperatures (I was in a t-shirt most the day). We descended Lion’s Head after enjoying the summit, and through out the day every person we met on the mountain had the same thing to say. “How about this weather?”