Hello, my name is Dan. I have been really thinking about hiking up Mt. Washington. I have a place near Laconia, I've been to the top via the road before. I'm in good shape and do the Belknap mountain all the time and walk stairs all day at work. In 2004, when I was at a prep school I participated in an Outdoor Education class where we did hikes, canoeing, camping, and other activities. With that being said, I know all about the leave no trace principles. I also understand that being prepared is the most important thing, and I'd be sure to have everything(Just giving details so I can have better details)
I have been reading the threads and the trail that sounds great to me is the Ammo/Crawford and Jewell loop; it sounds most appealing to what I'd like. My question is: are these trails easy to follow, ie. trail markers, paint markers? Will I know when to cross the streams? etc...any help on this?
I also plan on doing it solo. I know that might sound iffy to some, but I plan on being fully prepared and beginning bright and early in the morning, that way my ascent and descent is before later afternoon. I also might have someone drive to the top to meet me there to take pictures and stuff. I loved the outdoor ed. course I did, and love going up the Belknap. I'm really doing this for self-achievement. Any comments welcome! Thanks!