Some PicsBecause of the high winds and heavy snows I didn't take a whole bunch of pictures. I did take a few though and here they are.(we got about 22" on Mt. Washington while I was there),
Model of the Presidential Range found at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center
Done Packing and ready to go.
Hiking up to the shelters
It got dark pretty quickly as the snow ramped up towards inches per hour
Arrival at Hermit Lake Shelters in pitch blackness. Decided to try for a pic. As you can see, I was surprised by the flash. Found out shortly after this, that we were the only 3 people there that night. Go figure.
At the shelter. All unpacked and ready to start boiling water for the MREs(meals ready to eat). While Coca~Cola isn't standard fare on a mountain, it served as a great place to pack up my rum....
Blowing off steam..., literally. I was trying to show how cold it was with my breath but it didn't show up as good in the pic. It was -7 degrees outside by this time with a real feel of -48 degrees because of wind chill.
We all ate our meals(I had pasta and sauce), played a few games, then went out into the blizzard for a small trek around the lake up there. It was crazy as hell outside. It was fun. Sane people have no idea what kinds of cool they miss out on...
(the red on my nose and spoon is from my headlamp)
The Avalanche Postings for Tuckerman's Ravine. Taken during our excursion around the lake with the other two shielding me from wind and snow so I could take it. The streaks are from wiping the lens and passing snowflakes I think.
The next day, just before leaving the shelters. You can't really tell but it was snowing pretty good still and the winds were kicking.
The snow was too deep at times for really great sledding but I did manage to get a good 3/4 mile run starting here. Just after the second bump in the foreground the trail gets pretty steep. The massive amounts of snow made for excellent control and I was turning to and fro like a world class skier. Laughing like a kid the entire time.
Last Picture. I got 2 more runs on the sled after this. 1 was for another 1/2 mile. It was a good trip with great friends, and bad weather.
We didn't do any real climbing because of the conditions. We also cut the trip to 1 night as opposed to 2. I had a blast, as I always do and it sure as hell beat sitting around the house waiting to see if we'd lose power for the 5th straight big storm. We didn't lose power and the family and pets survived. As I said before...., sane people have no idea what they miss out on sometimes. Just remember - A bad day hiking is better than a good day at work.
As always my friends...., Live Well, Be Happy, Die Trying !