Mt Washington Hike 12/25/09

I love not celebrating holidays.  While everybody else was doing the christmas thing my friend Tim picked me up at 4:30 am and we were on our ways to a beutiful day on the Rock Pile.  When we got to Pinkham we were in the clouds and the fog was freezing on everything. By the time we got to the Lions Head winter route we were already above the clouds.

For the rest of the day the atmospere stayed inverted with it being cold and cloudy int the valley, and sunny and warm at higher elevation.  The undercast was neat looking because it looked like the valleys were lakes and the mountain tops were islands.

As always the Lions Head winter route was a burner, but once we were above tree-line the rest of the day was a walk in the park.

I thought this shot came out neat, looking at the line of cairns going towards boot spur.

The summit was amazing.  Bluebired, literally almost tee shirt weather, and the summit fox was out and about.

I wasnt going to feed him, but one of the residence at the observatory was like “we do it all the time” so I was like ok: Vid:

Mt Washington 12/25/09, originally uploaded by surf88.

The descent was really fast.  The snow was very firm wind slab, so we left our crampons off until tree line, and were able to standing glissade alot.  It was really fun.  When we got to tux there was a couple guys hiking up for a ski.  I wondered if I knew them?  Maybe.

I took the opportunity to do my favorite trick on Lions Head.  My quads were so tired from the standing glissading I had a hard time balancing on one leg.  It took a few attempts to get this shot.

The undercast was slowly getting higher throughout the day, and at 2:30 when we dropped below tree line on the lions head winter route, we were also entering the clouds at about 4500 feet.  The rest of the climb down, which on the winter route can be sketchy in places, was cloudy cold and the fog was freezing on everything. Some friends of mine that were skiing at cranmore said they were in the clouds all day.  I was glad we were able to spend most of our day above the clouds.

Day 3 on snow. After Work Tipping Rock.

The temp dropped into the 20 yesterday afternoon turning the top layer of snow into crust.  The crust isnt quite” death crust”, its still turnable if you have enough room to make sweeping turns.  I went up to tipping rock today after work to take a ride down the field, emily came with me,  the camera was still a little damp from my trip in the rain the other day so it wasnt focusing very well.  It was a lot darker than the vid camera makes it look I actually had a head lamp on.

Hiking back up

Day 2 on snow-Local Backcountry 12/9/09

I wish I had gone earlier.  It was fluffy when I got to the trail head but it almost immediatley changed over to rain, and the temp rose to 38o by the time I got to the top.  It was a very slow ride down with some walking on the real low angle stuff. Hopfully this stuff will firm up with the next few days of cold and maybe the next storm will be better.  Undecided

I went solo and shot solo.   So the videos kind of boring sorry.

My first turns of the 09-10 season

I went up to Tipping Rock today to get my first turns of the season. We actually only got about 3 inches of snow, but this field had about 6″ of cover. This lower field has a field above it on the other side of the road that scours and wind loads it during storms, So I knew it would be doable.