OK so I've got moderate mountaineering experience but a newbee to this forum / mt. washington
I'm planning a solo day hike on Sunday March 15th as my first visit to Washington; I'm 31 in failry good shape, surf 3-4 times week, other workout 2times week....... My goal is Visitor Center off route 16 up to Lion's Head ( yeah I dream about the summit but I know that's dreaming for my first time on Washington and out of the question solo)
I have planned to usual gear ( Crampons, ice axe, 3 layers w/gortex, insulated water , overnight sleeping bag in case ....) but I was hoping you all could share a little advice on a few question:
#1 Food: what is the best recommended food to carry that won't freeze so quick and is easy to carry / eat...
#2 Is GPS needed for this route or is it sufficiently marked to where I'll be OK with map / compass
#3 I've read through here and people say to tote your gear on a sled and then use it to sled down on to save time; is that worth it for Lion's head or only needed if I was trying to do the summit...
I thank you in advance for your help
p.s. is anybody else out there going up that day