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EricCo
10-19-2008, 03:25 PM
Hi
I'm planning to hike Mt Wash and go for the summit in early november. I'm just wondering which kind of weather I will face (I know there will be wind and snow, but how much?) Any advice for me? We will be a group of about 5. Thanks. EricCo

climbabout
10-20-2008, 08:29 AM
How much is impossible to predict. The best advice is to prepare for the worst possible conditions. Get a weather report the morning of your hike and you'll know what to expect.
Tim

Rich
10-20-2008, 08:37 AM
Plan on severe, pack for severe. Have fun and be safe.

JimS
10-20-2008, 11:46 AM
The early part of November can be fairly transitional still.

November is statistically the wettest month, with over 10 inches of liquid equivolent and over 40 inches of snow. Temperatures average in the teens for lows and 20s for highs...winds average nearly 40mph for the entire month. Pick a good day, and it's not bad...but it could be very very severe.

Here's norms:
http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/normals.php

One thing that I can't understate about early season winter climbing is that the footing is terrible. Too much snow for boots, too little for crampons. Snow not compacted between rocks means much random postholing and knee twisting. Have fun...I'm waiting for December!

EricCo
10-21-2008, 06:39 PM
Thanks everybody
That's how I anticipated everything. I just didn't want to have any surprises!
Eric