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Old 03-19-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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Alpine Climbing In The Winter


There are a few of you who follow my FB page and see the places I have been visiting on foot this past year. The winter season technically is coming to an end tomorrow, but there is still great winter alpine hiking to do in the White Mountains of NH.

The air is crisp, the wind can be strong and bitter (like the summit today) but the views are outstanding. No bugs, no humidity, and surprisingly there are quite a few other winter hard core hikers who do the same all winter long.

The mountains I frequent the most are the ones above 4,000 ft in the White Mountains, which may not sound like much, but I assure you it will kick your ass. There are 48-4,000 footers to climb in NH and I have done 16 in the past year, much of them since Christmas.

This mountain in the picture is Agiocochook, aka Mount Washington...a seriously dangerous mountain no matter what season. Their claim to fame is the highest recorded wind speed observed by man....231 mph. Some guy had to go outside and look at the instruments Every other day, the wind hits hurricane force winds.



This was the view I had one early, early morning where I left the trailhead at 4:00 am to get the sunrise shot. I just made it.



There are a few alpine peaks that have a somewhat unusual resident...gray jays. What is unusual is that if you place some food in your hand, they will come and sit for a spell.



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Awesome photos Kent!

I love hiking in the mountains, it's so peaceful and solace. It really helps puts things in perspective.

So the early bird really does get the Frito...

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That's a dried pineapple?? They must really shrink!

Awesome pics!
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Thanks for the view Framerman.

Don't slip on that snow, it looks like a long way down.
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Thanks for the view Framerman.

Don't slip on that snow, it looks like a long way down.
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Thanks for the great pictures Kent.
I've spent many a weekend climbing the presidents . Spend the night on top of Adams in February once. Woke up to 6 inches of fresh powder and alot of hungy gray jays. The little robbers wouldn't hardly let me eat breakfast! Have you traversed the Alpine Garden above Tuckerman's in winter? I hear it's breathtakingly desolate.

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Whau, I love hiking, this looks amazing. How seriously do you climb? When I was a kid my whole family went for climbing at weekends. I did not, I am afraid of hights.
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The only thing I'm climbin is this mountain of debt this winter left behind.
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Thanks for the great pictures Kent.
I've spent many a weekend climbing the presidents . Spend the night on top of Adams in February once. Woke up to 6 inches of fresh powder and alot of hungy gray jays. The little robbers wouldn't hardly let me eat breakfast! Have you traversed the Alpine Garden above Tuckerman's in winter? I hear it's breathtakingly desolate.

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Have not been on Washington yet, nor the northern presidentials. Came close one time going up the Ammo to Monroe. I honestly just started getting into it a year ago. Son wanted to climb Katahdin, so I tested out on a small mountain nearby which just about killed me

I figured I need to get into shape, so I started every weekend going somewhere. I ended up on Lafayette for my first 4,000 footer and was hooked.

Winter climbing isn't as bad as everyone thinks. As long as you watch the forecast and keep moving, it will be fine. It's actually easier when the trail is packed out without fresh snow. I don't care too much for trail breaking

Trying to find a spot for this weekend. Can't do any of the presidentials yet, not acclimated enough to the elevation gain.

The gray jay was taken atop Jackson. I can't wait to head up the adams side. Son and I are heading up Huntington's Ravine this summer. Kick ass!

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Huntington is great and has a lot of challenges to offer, but I wouldn't attempt it until late summer without technical/ avalanche gear. The snowpack on that side has been known to come early and stay late.
It won't be too many more months before the reports come out about Tuckerman's usual box car size ice chunks unloading.

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Oh geez, yeah definitely. It's a summer route. I'm not that on the edge
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