Tuesday, January 6, 2009

An assult on Mt. Washington...

So I was thinking about Mt. Washington the other day. You may wonder why...

A few years back, Eric and I went on a guided trip with Appalachian Outfitters out there in New Hampshire for some ice climbing & a summit attempt. It's were I got bit by the ice climbing bug. :)

I decided to turn around at the bottom of Lions Head because I didn't feel like getting blown off of the mountain and Eric made it to about 700 feet of the summit. He's gone back every year since to climb her.

Here's Eric (on the right) on the decent on that first trip out there.
Arrr...got a little Captain in ya? ;)

The weather on Mt. Washington is notoriously bad. Winds have howled up to 200+ mph! There's an observatory at the summit where weather studies are conducted. If you feel adventurous, you can volunteer for a week! Lots of climbers climb her to prep for adverse weather found on Denali in Alaska.

You can see that Mt. Washington is completely engulfed in a storm...

Fast forward to now, Eric and his best friend Jon are planning on going back out there towards the end of Feb and I'm seriously thinking about joining them.

If I go for it, I'm going to have to ramp up the free weight workouts and start running after work. He's planning on a weekend jaunt so we won't be hauling camping gear, just the essentials in our packs.

This morning on the bus, I started to mentally tally all the gear and clothing layers I'd need...

I think subconsciously, I've decided on going. :p

Do you have any crazy adventures planned for the new year?

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Kim Caro said...

wow what a trip!

Anonymous said...

All I can say is wow! I wouldn't last for 15 minutes out there!


Elena said...

It's all about layering up (no cotton!) and having decent gear. Then just putting one foot in front of the other and grinding it out to the top. :)

It's mentally & physically exhausting but it's such an awesome feeling of accomplishment when you reach the summit.

Trust me, I'll be cursing ALL the way... :p