Jan 17, 2008
This time I'll get an early start. I am taking Christine on her first foray into the back country. Though, with all respect, I don't quite consider Mt. Washington to be back country. I am seeking the ambiance of solitude as we head out mid week to avoid the crowds. I am hoping for a pleasant stress-free day on what should be a real fun day. That will be my next post...
In the mean time, I am diligently watching the weather patterns and keeping abreast with the latest avalanche postings from the rangers on the mountain. See you next week!
Today starts the much anticipated weather and conditions watching for Mt. Washington. I have wanted to make a ski descent from one of the many faces or bowls on the flanks of the mountain since my arrival to New England over two years ago. Several weeks ago I took myself for an afternoon jaunt up the Tuckerman's Ravine trail to Hojos to scope the route that I would be taking several weeks from then. That day was wonderful with a light snowfall. The temperature was pleasant and there was little wind. I made the trail in 1.5 hours and took a break at the Ranger's hut. As the sun was setting and the scenery was changing from the monochromatic gray to a soft rust color I started my descent of the Sherburn Trail. It was a pleasant descent through 10" of fresh powder. I got to the trail head and my car just as the light was giving way to the night.