Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My dad and I have done a lot of summer hiking in this Whites, including a magnificent ascent up the trail the Guidebook calls the hardest trail in the White Mountains, Huntington ravine. But almost no winter climbing, except for the little 5 mile round trip 'Mount' Major near Alton a couple weeks ago. My dad's done a lot, apparently, in his youth, but his youth is long buried in the mists of time and so we want to make sure not to bite off more then we can chew - I don't really want to carry him home.

Obviously, Washington in winter is the crown jewel of New Hampshire hiking, but that's unrealistic for him now. So instead, we were planning to climb both Mount Field and Mount Tom (both 4000 footers) next Friday.

Have any of you done those? Are they reasonable for a winter hike? And is the view anything like that from Passaconaway - trees quaintly framed by...more trees?