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Trip Start Jan 17, 2008
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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.

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!
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