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Mt Washington x 2 Over and Back 7/19/15
« on: July 20, 2015, 04:59:51 PM »
Yesterday I Climbed Mount Washington Twice. Once from each side.  I started out at 7AM at Marshfield Station and Climbed the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lake of the Clouds and signed the log, The cloud ceiling was just about 100 feet higher than the hut so I headed in to the clouds and proceeded up Crawford Path to the Summit at 9:13, Clicked a quick Summit picture and then headed down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail through Tuckerman Ravine.  Just below the water fall it started to sprinkle rain and by the time I reached the ravine floor it was raining,  just below the Connection Avalanche Cache a full on squall hit, with gust strong enough to knock you off your feet and sheets of driving rain.  I found a good size overhanging rock to huddle under with my rain gear on for about 20 minutes until the storm passed.  Once back on my feet again I made it to Pinkham Notch Visitor Center at 11:40, I went over and touched Rt 16 to make my second ascent official.  I went into the Vistor Center to fill my water bottle and ask if I could check the radar.  After letting me check the radar on his computer the trail information guy told me it probably wasn’t a good day for a hike.  I told him I actually already hiked the mountain once and now I have to go back over again because my car was on the other side.  He looked at me totally confused and concerned, I think he thought I came down the wrong side by mistake.  I thought it would be funny to just let him keep thinking that, and didn’t bother explaining further, and just thanked him for use of his internet, because I don’t get cell phone data on that side of the hill.  The hike back up the lower Tuckerman Ravine Trail to Hermit Lake was by far most tedious part of the hike, but the sun was shining and the sky was blue for the first time that day.  I followed the Tuckerman Ravine Trail back up to the summit.  I would have liked to mix up the trails a little bit for the second ascent but I decided for me these two routes were going to be the fastest for accomplishing my goal of summiting twice in a day.  One nice thing about coming back through Tux was that I had not noticed that the snow arch was still standing  on the way down, but I got a nice shot of it on the way up.  Once above the headwall the clouds got dark and thick, visibility was in the Hike Cairn to Cairn Range.  Right about the top of the headwall my phone battery quit so I wouldn’t be able to get anymore pics.  Thunderstorms were predicted so I made quick time despite very sore and tired legs to get over the summit.  I touched the summit sign at 2:02PM and down the Crawford Path.  I stopped and signed the log again at Lake of the Clouds and Pointed and arrow to my earlier log entry. And then took it easy going down the very slippery slabs on the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail.  I arrived back at my car 3:51PM.  As I placed my pack in my car I heard thunder off in the distance.  My timing could not have been more perfect!
Starting out:

Ammo Ravine in the AM

In to the Clouds

Only got one summit shot due to my battery quiting on my way up for the second trip.

Tux on my way down

Tux on my way back up

The Snow Arch

Plugged my phone in and got a pic at the end of my trip back at Marshfield Station

« Last Edit: July 21, 2015, 12:19:34 PM by surf88 »
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