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    I have done both Boott Spur and Jewell multiple...

    I have done both Boott Spur and Jewell multiple times. Jewell is the easier of the 2 by a good margin. In fact I would rate Jewell as the easiest, most evenly graded route to the summit. Over the...
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    Absolutely priceless! Doesn't get any better. Tim

    Absolutely priceless! Doesn't get any better.
    Tim
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    Up Ammo down Lion Head Tr 8/3, 8/4

    Had 2 great days of hiking with my son this past Wednesday and Thursday - moderate temps, not too much sun and very little wind. Started up the Ammo trail around 9:30, briefly stopped at lakes to...
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    I'll go with -27F Tim

    I'll go with -27F
    Tim
  5. Climbing above treeline in conditions like those...

    Climbing above treeline in conditions like those listed today is foolhardy. A small misstep can turn into disaster. Conditions below treeline on a day like today can certainly be tolerable, but...
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    Also don't forget the lack of daylight this time...

    Also don't forget the lack of daylight this time of year as well.
    Tim
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    You guys looking to do a winter or summer climb?...

    You guys looking to do a winter or summer climb?
    Tim
  8. That's pretty much it. This is actually the...

    That's pretty much it. This is actually the "new" winter route. Years ago (maybe 15 or so), the "old" winter route was somewhat between the current winter route and the summer route. A massive...
  9. The Lion Head winter route is not really usable...

    The Lion Head winter route is not really usable in the summer or early winter due to the way it was constructed. The trees that were cut down were left with stumps - as it is a trail designed to be...
  10. The Lions Head summer route indeed goes right by...

    The Lions Head summer route indeed goes right by the rock outcropping known as Lions Head. The winter route is merely a bypass of the lower part of the summer route - going through terrain that is...
  11. I have an older pair of MSR Denali's with the...

    I have an older pair of MSR Denali's with the heel lifter and they worked flawlessly on Mckinley - especially on steep terrain. I think they are excellent for steep terrain due to the 2 rows of...
  12. Not fun in my book - going uphill in those speeds...

    Not fun in my book - going uphill in those speeds is near impossible and dangerous as you undoubtedly will get knocked off your feet and can get easily injured. I've been blown off my feet on...
  13. Worst Weather

    Ditto what a previous poster said about most hikers overestimating wind speed. I have climbed a good bit with experienced guides who are much more accurate estimating wind speed and traveling up...
  14. Nice TR - that's one of my favorite local hikes....

    Nice TR - that's one of my favorite local hikes.
    Tim
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    Pants for winter

    I usually use a pair of "soft shell" pants - preferably a pair with side zips for ventilation. If its very cold I'll wear a pair of lightweight long underwear(synthetic of course) underneath. The...
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    Whittakers Bunkhouse in Ashford has bunkrooms...

    Whittakers Bunkhouse in Ashford has bunkrooms with shared bath for about 35.00. Private rooms with bath for 85.00. Clean and comfortable - have stayed there several times.
    Tim
  17. another vote for poles

    I find poles invaluable for both up hill and down hill. Like having 4 legs instead of 2.
    Tim
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    Jewell

    Definitely the Jewell trail - this is probably the easiest trail to the summit, although not the shortest. It's the most gentle, consistent grade of all the trails to the summit.
    Tim
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    Bill - dinner is at 6pm, breakfast at 7am. Tim

    Bill - dinner is at 6pm, breakfast at 7am.
    Tim
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    Denali

    Kristina -
    Awesome! Great TR - Looks like you battled through some tough moments - not unusual for McKinley. It's hard for anyone who hasn't been through it to understand the difficulty, not only...
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    I'm glad I am not the only one turned off by the...

    I'm glad I am not the only one turned off by the over dramatization. They portray climbing like a soap opera.
    Tim
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    links

    Here's one:
    http://www.rmiguides.com/dispatches/everest10.php
    I climbed with Scott Jones and Dave Hahn on Mckinley last year - following their progress.
    Tim
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    Foraker

    That does not look like Foraker at all to me in the backround.
    Tim
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    Plenty of motels/hotels in North Conway area. I...

    Plenty of motels/hotels in North Conway area. I would assume that is most peoples choice. The Amc has a lodge - and bunkrooms right at the base of the mountain - plenty of parking - no time limit....
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    That will give you plenty of time. You can find...

    That will give you plenty of time. You can find anything you need for climbing at several places in North Conway.
    Tim
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