Climbing with Martin

Last year Martin attempted Mount Washington with me, and we were turned back at Lion’s Head due to some very harsh weather. This year Martin returned, all the way from Denmark, to make another attempt. I had two days to climb with him so we started at Frankenstein for some ice climbing, and attacked Washington yesterday. We moved quickly and made the summit by 11:50am, my earliest guided summit yet! Visibility was pretty poor but careful use of route flags and solid map & compass skills kept us on track.

Frankenstein Trestle
The Trestle Slab
Trestle Slab
Standard Route
Approaching Standard Route
Looking up from inside the Standard Route Cave
Martin follows the first pitch
Rappelling from the cave
Breaking tree-line on the Lion’s Head Winter Route
A rare shot of the guide
Visibility worsened above Lion’s Head
These route wands were key to staying on route, I de-iced some and relocated others as we ascended...
Obligatory summit photo
On the descent
Clouds break just below Lion’s Head
Summit conditions that day...

Thanks for a fun two days Martin, hope to see you back again next winter for a new adventure!

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