View Full Version : REI Mt Washinton trip feedback

01-23-2009, 08:08 PM
New to the boards. REI has listed a guided March Mt Washington summit trip. I am recently back into hiking and rock climbing after several years away from it. I am in good physical shape and am training harder for this trip. While enlisting guidance from friends, the INTERNET, and this forum I have picked up, or borrowed most of the gear I need, and only have a few things more to get. That as a way of background, I am looking for some feedback on the REI guided trip, and whether it is a good trip for a new winter climber as my self. Any feedback, suggestions, or questions are very welcome.

Thank you,


01-24-2009, 06:51 PM
That is an interesting question. i am not sure if the REI trip has been done before. In either case Corey McEnytre on this forum (the one who blames stuff on me) is from NC and is signed up for that trip.

01-24-2009, 10:28 PM
I'm hoping to make it to the one in late March (saving up money for the last of the gear and the fee). If you go on the February trip, I'd love to hear all about it and see pictures. I, too, am in the process of testing my gear and trying to get into shape for the climb. They don't mention it on the web site, but it would seem snowshoes might be necessary - isn't it possible we'd come up against deep snow? Have others who have done the Lion's Head route in winter know if it would be beneficial to bring them?

01-29-2009, 08:27 AM
I will be climbing next week with REI for their overnight trip. Climbing Friday, staying overnight in the observatory, and then coming back down on saturday.

I can let you know how everything went next week.

02-02-2009, 12:02 AM
I am signed up for the March 27th trip. Still testing gear combinations. Just got back from an Erie Cannal in Ohio. Cold and snow but not very strong winds.

02-02-2009, 04:50 AM
Although I didn't make it to the top, snowshoes weren't necessary for any part of it that I saw. Some people brought them anyway from what I saw, though they may have heading for different trails. There wasn't all that much walking through deep snow and none of that was difficult.

02-02-2009, 08:34 AM
Tuckermans trail from PNVC to HoJo's is well packed down. Turn to the Lions Head winter trail and you could find deep powder.

Bill O
02-02-2009, 05:30 PM
I've used REI Adventures in Africa and Nepal. They were great.

02-10-2009, 09:43 AM
I just came back from my REI guided overnight trip to Washington. I had good experience with the guides and an overall great trip. There were no actual "REI" guides, they actually sub contracrt guides from Mooney Mountaineering Guides out of N.H. Reguardless the guides were great, next year I would probably go through them instead of REI b/c they basically offer the same type of trips but at a lower cost. All the equipment supplied my Mooney was good, no problems with sore feet from bad boots.

If you want some more info on my trip or have any questions you can email me at rtomkin@ptd.net

02-10-2009, 01:10 PM
Thanks for the info.....I'm been thinking of taking a REI guided trip. U can probably only afford a Mt Washington one (which would be great) but I'd love to do the Nepal one.