Mount Washington Observatory Overnight Trip

Today I got back from an excellent two days on Mount Washington with 9 very motivated climbers who summited the mountain with me in some of the coldest wind-chills I have ever summitted in… how cold you ask? -65 degrees… that’s how cold… This was a couple hours after we summit and it had warmed up to -53:

066Despite the brutal wind chill we had excellent visibility for our ascent, and we enjoyed a great meal by the volunteers and some informative weather educational content from Rebecca Scholand of the Mount Washington Observatory. The next morning temps were a bit more reasonable for our descent, but visibility on the summit had dropped to 50 feet. Regardless, we had a fairly smooth descent and other than a shredded pair of gaiters we were non-the-worse.

Here we go

Here we go

Some instructional time a few minutes up the trail

Some instructional time a few minutes up the trail

Heading up Lions Head trail

Heading up Lions Head trail

Heading up the summit cone

Heading up the summit cone

Dinner!

Dinner!

Weather room tour 1

Weather room tour 1

Heading up into the tower

Heading up into the tower

Up in the tower during 80+mph winds

Up in the tower during 80+mph winds

Has to be a summit photo!

Has to be a summit photo!

Enjoying the flats

Enjoying the flats

Shredded

Shredded

For more info on our overnight trips to the Mount Washington Observatory please go here.

 

 

About David Lottmann

David grew up skiing in the Whites and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the USMC, and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a Single Pitch Instructor. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of Mountain Rescue Service. When David isn't out guiding he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing, trying to cook something new once a week and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alex, and daughter Madalena.
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5 Responses to Mount Washington Observatory Overnight Trip

  1. Brad StJohn says:

    This was one great ascent (and descent) on a challenging couple of days to say the least! David and his guide crew made this an experience to be remembered for a lifetime.

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  2. David Kiser says:

    Thanks for a great trip Dave!

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