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    Default Newbee March 15th

    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

    Tim

    p.s. is anybody else out there going up that day

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    You won't be toting a sled up Lion Head and you definitely won't be riding it back down unless you have a death wish. Some people may tow their gear to the base of the climb and stash the sled and retrieve it on the way back down but seems like a lot of bother to me unless you plan on staying at Hermit Lake overnight.

    I imagine you have to be in decent shape to surf, but somehow I can't visualize you using climbing muscles while surfing. You don't say what your other workout is. Hopefully your doing 4 1/2 miles and 4300' vertical on a stairclimber or some similar apparatus. In my mind there is no workout for climbing mountains except climbing mountains. Most people start out on smaller stuff and work their way up.

    3 layers is great if you know how to use them. If you sweat and get everything soaked it's of no use.

    Pepperoni, cheese peanut butter sandwiches or my favorite Fluffernutters. Many other choices, but these are winter hiking staples. Most stuff won't freeze if you keep it wrapped in your pack. Candy bars, power bars and that stuff all freeze unless you can keep them warm next to your body somewhere.

    GPS is not necessary though it can be a life saver in fog or a whiteout, but hopefully you'll be smart enough to turn around if those conditions threaten.

    The 15th is a Sunday and unless the weather is total crap you won't be hiking solo, but you may wish you were.

    There are other threads here to look at to get some ideas. I'd avoid the one with 11,000 hits. It would be difficult at beat to extract any useful information out of that. It's all over the place and every possible scenario is covered.

    You say you've got "moderate mountaineering experience", but then you ask what kind of food to bring. Makes me wonder what that experience is. Do you have winter hiking experience in the White Mountains? Have you climbed any of the White Mountains? Bigger, smaller? The more we know about your experience, the easier it is answer your questions. There are no dumb questions except the ones you wish you'd asked before you got in trouble out on a mountainside.

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    I think he means that he wants to sled down from the base of lion head, not down the lion head trail itself. If I'm right, you can certainly do that. I saw a few people doing that and it looked like a fun way to get down.
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    Tim - here's a link to a page where I posted gps coordinates a while back:
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...9644#post19644
    while a gps is certainly not essential, it can't hurt to mark your way on the way up. The only other waypoint I would add is to mark the orange sign for the lion head winter route where you reach treeline. Personally, I never continue upward if visibility is bad. The gps is there only there if conditions deteriorate unexpectedly on the way down. I also carry a map and compass as well.

    My favorite foods are bagels with peanut butter and honey on them - they stay edible even in extreme cold.

    Here's another link to e very useful thread from a while back as well:
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...read.php?t=228
    and here as well
    http://www.mountwashington.org/forum...hlight=compass

    Good luck - do your research on the mountain and all it can throw at you, and be certain you have your cramponing and ice ax self arrest skills down before heading out.
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    Sledding down from the base of Lions Head would work, damn wish I did that.

    If you surf, and work out that much you are in good shape.

    I had horrible pain in the tops of my thighs after my trip. I am unable to replicate that at the gym. And I neglected calves, but when frotn pointing for a little bit they really start to burn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncas View Post
    I had horrible pain in the tops of my thighs after my trip. I am unable to replicate that at the gym. And I neglected calves, but when frotn pointing for a little bit they really start to burn.
    Have you tried doing stairs with ankle weights on? That can come close to the upper thigh burning sensation. I also find it when snowshoeing in powder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncas View Post

    I had horrible pain in the tops of my thighs after my trip. I am unable to replicate that at the gym. And I neglected calves, but when frotn pointing for a little bit they really start to burn.
    The best exercise for hiking is hiking without a doubt. The burning in the tops of your thighs is likely from the relentless descent. Climbing down stairs with a pack would be another good exercise, as well as cycling. Step ups and step downs with weights in a gym will also help a bit, but long uphill and downhill hiking with a pack is the best prep.

    Regarding calves, try to front point as little as possible. On much of this route, try alternating between, duck walk (feet splayed outward), French technique (side stepping - you can google this), and International technique ( a variation between French technique and front pointing). By varying your footwork you can minimize calf burn.
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    I think what I couldnt train for so much was walking in deep snow.
    Its not so much the energy to be able to walk though it, its the balance that goes on when you do bottom out, your still not on the ground, so your constantly shiffting falling though more and adjusting. Great fun when its done though.

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    Thank you all for the info....

    I've done climbing before but never in these temperatures so I was at a loss for what food.... From what you all posted I think I'll go with the bagels with peanut butter and honey Or maybe look into these "Fluffernutters"

    Also, thanks climbabout for the GPS coordinates, I found that post before and it is definitely something I?ll hang on to just in case

    Best,
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by KD Talbot View Post

    The 15th is a Sunday and unless the weather is total crap you won't be hiking solo, but you may wish you were.
    so true


    Quote Originally Posted by KD Talbot View Post
    You say you've got "moderate mountaineering experience", but then you ask what kind of food to bring. Makes me wonder what that experience is. Do you have winter hiking experience in the White Mountains? Have you climbed any of the White Mountains?
    Climbed bigger mountains, but not in the Whie Mountains nor in simmilar conditons, so the the weather is main concern... but of course that is what drew me to it

    Most days I can do about a 5ish mile climb with a 4000' gain up and back in one day... but that again is in much better weather... some snow / ice, but nothing like 231mph wind and 1000 degrees below

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