White Mountains - Presidential Range Traverse - NH - August 2003

Trip theme: "Bad Versus Good Weather Karma" or "The Walking Wounded"

 

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Brake for Moose "The Fan" in Huntington Ravine. This is considered the hardest route up Mt. Washington and the hardest trail in the White Mountains.
Huntington Ravine starts to get fun! This is described as the hardest part of the trail. I didn't see what all the fuss was about..... Mark heads for the summit at this junction. The rest of the group heads for the parking lot.
Following the Nelson Crag trail towards the summit. If you envision 55-75 mph winds, 35F (19F wind chill) and a light mist you can get a general feeling for the conditions. Mark on the summit of Mt. Washington (6,288 ft) on 8/28/03. A 4.2 mile and 4,200 feet climb from Pinkham Notch. This is the highest point in New Hampshire
Mark at the Lion's Head on the way down from Mt. Washington. Much better weather here to be sure Mark on the Webster Cliff trail heading towards the Mizpah hut
Mark on the summit of Mt. Webster (3,910 ft) on 8/29/03 Mark on the summit of Mt. Jackson (4,052 ft) on 8/29/03
Tom and Mark in front of Mizpah hut The bunks in Mizpah hut
Inside Mizpah hut Mark on the summit of Mt. Pierce (4,312 ft) on 8/30/03
Mark on the summit of Mt. Eisenhower (4,760 ft) on 8/30/03. Look close at my clothes to see the wind Tom gives us a better feel for the high winds on Mt. Eisenhower. Check out his face
Mark on the summit of Mt. Franklin (5,001 ft) on 8/30/03 The fast group takes a break prior to Mt. Monroe
Mark on the summit of Mt. Monroe (5,372 ft) on 8/30/03 Tom, Amy and Ed on the summit of Mt. Washington (6,288 ft) on 8/30/03
Mark, Amy and Ed on the summit of Mt. Washington (6,288 ft) on 8/30/03. My 2nd summit in three days. Why did I leave the "warm" hut again? Inside Lake of the Clouds hut
Lake of the Clouds hut Mt. Washington from Lake of the Clouds
Looking back down the Presidential range to the south. Mt. Monroe is the nearest peak Looking up the Presidential range to the north. Mt. Clay is the nearest peak and Mt. Madison is on the right edge
Looking up towards a still clear Mt. Washington and the Cog Railraod Mark on the summit of Mt. Clay (5,533 ft) on 8/31/03
Mark on the summit of Mt. Jefferson (5,716 ft) on 8/31/03 Mark on the summit of Mt. Adams (5,799 ft) on 8/31/03
Mark on the summit of Mt. John Quincy Adams (5,410 ft) on 8/31/03 Looking down on Madison hut and Mt. Madison
Mark on the summit of Mt. Madison (5,366 ft) on 8/31/03 ft. This completed a successful summit of all Presidential peaks in the Presidential Range. Inside Madison hut
4 bunks high in Madison hut Looking down Airline / Valley Way to the north
Mark at the trailhead at the end of the trip Mark on the summit of Jerimoth Hill (812 ft) on 8/27/03. This is the highest point in Rhode Island.

 

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