Mount Washington Climb

Yesterday Torontonians Julia & Adam came down from Canada to attempt Mount Washington. They graciously brought with them our first real winter weather.

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MWOBS Higher Summits Forecast

With a strong desire to become well outfitted and self-reliant winter climbers we spent about an hour in the morning focused on gear concerns. From face masks to ice axes we went over everything before hopping in our vehicles and heading to the trail-head.

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Tuckerman Ravine Trail, Pinkham Notch, White Mountains of New Hampshire

During our climb up to the Summer Lion’s Head Trail we talked about everything from proper nutrition and layering strategies to frostbite treatment and high altitude medical issues. Adam is definitely on track to take a Wilderness First Responder course in his future.

Summer Lions Head Trail

Just below tree-line on the Summer Lions Head Trail

Conditions above treeline were relatively pleasant with manageable wind chill & visibility. We pushed on to Lions Head.

Summiting Lion's Head

Summiting Lion’s Head

Our later than average start had us reach Lion’s Head at 1:30pm. We knew we couldn’t summit and get back down the steeps before dark, so we decided to push on to the Alpine Garden Trail to get a little more time above tree-line before heading down.

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Alpine Garden Trail with Summit Cone in the background

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Later when I saw this selfie I took all I could think was “Luke, I am your climbing guide”. Guess Star Wars is on everyone’s mind.

We made our way back down and stopped on one of the steeper sections of the trail to learn & practice the “arm-wrap rappel”, a great way to descend 3rd & some 4th class terrain.

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Our route- ViewRanger App

Julie & Adam are definitely an adventurous mother & son duo. I look forward to the next time I get to climb with them!

About David Lottmann

David has devoted his entire adult life to climbing - pushing his grade on recreational objectives and working as a professional mountain guide. After a stint in the United States Marine Corp, he was hired as a rock and ice instructor and since has expanded his repertoire to include alpine, skiing and avalanche education. David is an aspirant Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guide Association [AMGA], an American Institute for Avalanche Awareness and Education [AIARE] Course Leader, holds a Wilderness First Responder [WFR] and is a volunteer member of Mountain Rescue Service [MRS] and Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue [AVSAR]. In his free time, you will find David blogging, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing, sharing micro-brews with friends or in the kitchen working on a new recipe in his home town of Conway, New Hampshire. He resides there with his wife, Michelle, his son, Alex and daughter, Madalena.
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