Arrive at your leisure to the Holiday Inn Express in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Our hotel is conveniently located in a beautiful setting to begin your weekend summit attempt of Mount Washington. Relax and rest well in preparation for tomorrow's climbing instruction. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Meet your guides and fellow mountaineers this morning for introductions, trip orientation and gear check. Special consideration is given to clothing, equipment and food selection. We then caravan to Mount Willey for a day of winter climbing skills, including snow and ice travel, crampon techniques, ice axe use, self-arrest, and navigation. Our climb on Mount Willey is a 4.5 mile mountain climb on rugged terrain that is perfect for your introduction to winter climbing techniques. After a day of learning we return to our accommodations for a good night’s sleep in anticipation for tomorrow’s summit attempt. Breakfast included. Dinner tonight is on your own.
Note: Days 2 & 3, bring your own snacks and lunches to be carried in your backpack. Granola bars, drink mixes, trail mix, bagels, hard cheeses, salami, jerky, apples, etc. are good choices.
Winter Mountaineering: 4.5 miles over varied terrain
After breakfast at the hotel, we will caravan to Mount Washington. Our ascent is broken down into three sections. Our first objective is hiking through the forest along the Ammonoosuc Stream to beautiful Gem Pool. The trail quickly steepens for 1,500' to the exposed Lake of the Clouds Hut at 5,100', which is our second rewarding objective. At this point we are likely to begin experiencing extreme and challenging weather conditions. We assess current weather, climbing conditions, how the group is feeling, and if conditions are favorable, make a decision for a continued ascent. From the Lake of the Clouds it is another 1.5 miles and 1,100' of elevation gain along the Crawford Path to the summit. Once we reach the summit cone, expect to be greatly rewarded. However, be prepared to experience the notorious cold and extreme weather Mount Washington is known for! We descend and plan to return to Lincoln around 5:30pm. If you wish to extend your stay at the Holiday Inn Express, please book a room for this evening. If you are flying out tonight, please leave plenty of time to reach the airport and note there could be winter driving conditions. Breakfast Included.
Note: The climb from Lake of the Clouds to the summit typically takes 3-4 hours. Above tree line, travel in winter is extreme. Expect high winds, arctic temperatures and ample opportunity to test your newfound skills and willpower. As we ascend your guides will continue to offer coaching and instruction on climbing efficiently and safely.
Winter Mountaineering: 8 miles; elevation gain 4,000'