How was the snow last November? Is it accurate information about our being able to access summit conditions from the Hermit Lake shelter in winter?
Hermit Lakes Shelter is where the Snow Rangers spend the winter. They are in daily communication with the Obs about conditions above and below.
Isn't it also true, KD, that one can camp anywhere as long as there is two feet of snow? Suppose there won't be that much snow then, but hypothetically?
And how many people are going with you, iceclimber? Just your brother in law? Bet that'll be fun. :)
NO! This is absolutely false! There is NO camping on the east side of Mount Washington except in Hermit Lake Shelters.Quote:
Isn't it also true, KD, that one can camp anywhere as long as there is two feet of snow?
There is also no camping within the boundaries of Mount Washington State Park which excludes any camping on the summit.Quote:
(1) No camping is permitted above treeline (where trees are less than 8 ft. tall),
except in winter, and then only in places where there is at least
2 ft. of snow cover on the ground—but not on any frozen body of water,
and not on the east face of Mt. Washington's summit cone from Boott
Spur to Nelson Crag (the area above Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines,
including the Alpine Garden area). The point where the above-treeline
restricted area begins is marked on most trails with small signs, but the
absence of such signs should not be construed as proof of the legality of
Yeah, it will be me and my brother-in-law. I only have a 2 man tent anyway so with our gear it will be just right. Well, we'll be prepared for snow just in case. Thanks.
Whoops. Good thing I asked, then. :) Guess I confused it with other parts of the Whites. What about the west side of Washington, though?Quote:
NO! This is absolutely false! There is NO camping on the east side of Mount Washington except in Hermit Lake Shelters.
And I bet an early winter morning is beautiful above treeline. I oughta try that this year (in one of the legal places, of course).
Good luck on your climb, iceclimber. Hope you enjoy our wovewy widdle state here.:)
it's a common misconception. There are certain additional rules for Forest Protection Areas, and the east side of MW is one that falls under the special rules.
The west side is cool, outside of the State Park. The wind keeps a lot of folks from camping above tree-line, though. There are protected areas if you know the mountain. Further north, Edmands Col is a popular spot.