Great story and pics! Glad your little hiker is ok.
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My son thinks Willey is a funny name for a mountain. Maybe we can team them up for the pair
The short answer is that many bluebird days do not stay that way in the Presi's, weather changes quickly, and when hiking up from Tucks there is little advance warning of what is approaching from the west or southwest, or even when the cloud level will drop to Treeline.
The Auto Road has been quickly closed to traffic due to afternoon thunderstorms with torrential rains and high winds 4 days out of the last 10 days. I worked the Toll House on 2 of those days. It is no fun at all to be the bearer of bad news to parents, wives, husbands or friends that they CANNOT drive up to fetch the rest of their party.
See the article in the Union Leader
It is the summit crew who are placed in the position of trying to help folks who "assumed" that everything would be fine and dandy and their ride would be waiting at the top.
Sorry to be stuck on this, but one should definitely approach hiking Mt Washington with every caution and full understanding that there are no guarantees of a ride down, and be prepared for that eventuality.
Breeze I stand corrected. When I said you can get a ride down I looked at it thru my eyes. I am in error when I posted here that you can count on a ride down. I have hiked the rock pile many times, many of them being with my kids and I fully know what to expect. For seek the peak I carried up around 20 pounds most of them warm clothes and extra food for my son. I had coats ,hat, gloves etc. for him. When I posted about the road I assumed most people reading my post would be the same as me and you know what they say about assume. The bottom line is if you are bringing up kids to top of mount Washington don't count on being picked up. Make sure your kids have the power to make it up and back down. If they seem tired and the weather is turning head back down. Kids count on parents to make the right choices for them.
Thanks so much Rex. It is just a change in the message that needs to get out. I'm sure you've had many a successful trip up and down by various means, but not everyone has your experience and familiarity.
Again, I'm sorry if I rained on your experiences, that wasn't my intent. Mt Washington is not a peak to trivialize. I know you know that, but I had to challenge. Thank you for being gracious and thank you for understanding the differing opinion.