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Mary Ann Cascarino
07-25-2007, 07:24 AM
We'll be hiking up Mt. Washington this Friday. Any suggestions on which trail is easiest on the knees? Our initial plan is Tuckerman's Ravine. We're coming in from Rt. 16.

Any suggestions on any aspect of climbing the mountain would be appreciated since this is our first attempt.

Mary Ann

Bill O
07-25-2007, 09:15 AM
Honestly, I don't think it matters. One trail may be less steep but longer, others may be steeper but shorter.

Trekking poles might be your biggest help, which you probably know.

rockin rex
07-25-2007, 01:04 PM
We'll be hiking up Mt. Washington this Friday. Any suggestions on which trail is easiest on the knees? Our initial plan is Tuckerman's Ravine. We're coming in from Rt. 16.

Any suggestions on any aspect of climbing the mountain would be appreciated since this is our first attempt.

Mary Ann

Seeing that I had major knee reconstructive surgery April 5th and will be climbing on Sat. I know how hiking with bad knees can be. I would suggest that you take boot spur up seeing it doesn't have as many rocks to climb up and over. Seeing this is your first climb this is also a good trail for first accents as it is not as rough as the others. Going up really should not be a problem for the knees. The problem comes going down. If you are planning on decending then do as Bill suggest and use poles. Going down can be extremely rough on the knees. If you are looking to summit but not hike down there is a hiker shuttle that goes from the summit to Pinkham. It cost quite a bit but it saves the knees. You can inquire at Pinkham if you are interested in the summit shuttle. If my knee doesn't hold up Sat. I will be on that shuttle myself.

Condor
07-25-2007, 02:30 PM
I have never had knee trouble, but after coming down the Jewell Trail last week my right knee was uncomfortably sore. I typically dislike trekking poles, but they would have been a welcome addition for the trip down the mountain.

Trekker
07-25-2007, 02:48 PM
I have to agree that I've never loved trekking poles, but have gotten used to keeping ONE with me - (never two). I always like having one hand free. I've gotten quite used to using one trekking pole. It DOES save some of the jarring of the knees on the descent. Only about 8 out of the 38 years of hiking have I used the trekking pole, but I've gotten used to having it around now and always have it at least strapped to the pack. If your knees are not the best, then Bill is right - a trekking pole might be your best buddy.

lwa11
07-25-2007, 10:10 PM
Poles can definately be helpful but take a little getting used to as well. Ascent with poles saves the legs as well since you pull with your arms to help get up the mountain. So all around they can help but in some areas they aren't much use or help. You will see if you use them. Goodluck on your trip. I look forward to reading the report.


LLoyd

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KD Talbot
07-25-2007, 10:35 PM
I agree with all the advice so far. It is tougher coming down, a pole can help.

KDT