View Full Version : Want to Hike Mt. Washington, Help Trip Planning

11-09-2008, 06:52 PM
It's been my dream now, and I want to do it sometime between Jan-Mar. I want to do a winter ascent. Not sure when the best time is. Also, I am not in the area, I'm down south, in VA. I'm an experienced hiker and used to much higher elevation gains. I recently started a fitness program to prepare me and continue to hike regularly. I do have some winter gear and I'm used to the cold, but a winter in the Blue Ridge here probably doesn't compare.

I was considering getting a guide in the area, since I don't have anyone besides my husky who would go with me, and I don't think I'll actually be bringing her, even though I have seen others take dogs.

I'm hoping some people can help me plan my trip. I was viewing the Views From The Top forums, but since new people can't register all I can do is read and not ask anyone. So I'm trying here for advice and information on trip planning.

11-10-2008, 01:05 PM
You came to the right place. There are many guide services in Noth Conway - EMS.climb and ime-usa.com come to mind. I have climbed several times with ems as I do not have a regular climbing partner and they are top rate. You might also want to read the following links which have excellent info and advice. This topic has been discussed many times here, so there are several excellent threads and links - here's 2:


and here:

Read through these 2 and ask away - any discussion about winter hiking has to begin with preparation and personal maintenance in cold weather - proper clothing choices - weather awareness and most importantly, knowing when to turn back. Good luck.

Bill O
11-10-2008, 06:17 PM
The best advice is to get a guide and give yourself extra time incase the weather is bad. I'd also vote for early March. Longer days, more snow and warmer weather.

11-10-2008, 07:27 PM
These folks who have posted already are very good sources of information. I too have seen folks hiking MW with dogs - in the summer. I would not even think of it in the winter. Maybe others have a different opinion.

We were planning on heading out tomorrow for a hike but the forecast says the wind chill will be "going up to 10-20 degrees below zero". That is quite typical in Jan and Feb. Going with a guide and having different gear than you would use in VA is good advice.

11-11-2008, 09:12 PM
I had looked into EMS, and an REI trip, and was recommended highly to Mark Synnott of http://www.newhampshireclimbing.com/

My dream would simply be to win this: http://thegearjunkie.com/sweeps

I would attempt to plan and do this on my own, but with the little actual mountaineering experience and being a single traveler, I think it's money better spent. Unless I can hook up with someone willing to share their experience.

Thanks for the links! ;)

11-23-2008, 12:47 PM
Sounds like you're getting a lot of good advice. The tough thing about planning to go up George from a place outside New England is that you probably will need to commit to a date or a few dates before you could possibly have an idea about the weather. Unless you're lucky enough to have a whole week up here and can pick the best weather day, I'd have a "Plan B" in mind, something below treeline. March is definitely a good time for a winter ascent, but if you have high winds and bad visibility, you don't want to do it...