My apologies if they've been asked a million times before.
Anyway, ever since my dad took me on a climb of Mount Chocorua at the age of seven, I've harbored an affection for the White Mountains. Since then, I've climbed (mostly with my dad) Chocorua a few more times, Katahdin in Maine, Whiteface, Passaconaway, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington itself a few times, including the best climb of my life up Huntington Ravine.
For years, I've been developing a hobby of photography, and it seems to me that I could get some lovely photos from Washington in winter. It's a view that I imagine few people get to see. However, I've a few questions.
One, my dad is, to be blunt, not quite as young as he used to be. He had difficulty in our last ascent of Washington up Huntington. Consequently, I don't believe I should go with him - I don't think he could do it, and I'm not sure I want the responsibility of tending to him. Unfortunately, he's the one with the car.
I'm an avid cyclist, but I doubt I could ride the hundred miles or so to Washington (I live in the Rochester, NH area), climb New England's highest peak, and ride back all in one day. This leaves me in need of transportation. I've done some research online, looking for bus routes or train lines that go from here to there, but to no avail so far. Do any of you know of public transportation for that route?
Secondly, I've just read the book 'Not Without Peril', a book describing many deaths and injuries that have occurred on those famed slopes in winter. The narrative mentions mind-bogglingly low temperatures and triple-digits winds. Clearly, that's a bit more then I want to tackle on my first real winter climb. So, what's a good time to make the attempt; not so early as to be unimpressive, but not so late as to be excessively brutal? I was contemplating mid-December as a good time?
Lastly, I was reading about new liability laws, laws that forbid reckless behavior that endangers others. Would a solo ascent in early winter be considered that reckless? Would it be reasonable to expect to be able to make the summit, considering my inexperience in winter climbing? As I've said, I've done it a few times in the past, in better weather.
I thank you in advance for your patience and advice.