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    Fantastic. We look forward to your report and pictures. Have a great time!
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    Any way you can climb on Saturday instead of Sunday? The weather looks a lot better Saturday.
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    Trail report for 3/29/09, sorry this is late. Brad, you were right. A Saturday attempt would have yeilded much better weather.
    This was an REI trip and included 6 climbers and 2 guides. We started at the Amonoosuc Trailhead parking lot. The weather was cool, not cold, but a misting rain and a call for heaver rains seemed to present a hypothermic risk for the day. The trail started off on a rolling gentle climb with hard packed snow on the trail. Crampons were placed a bit sooner than expected. Our first water/snack break was at the point were the trail crosses over the river at a pool. I changed into a fresh base layer at this point as the mild temp and mist had me wet. The trail became markedly more steep at this point and legs tired out pretty fast if you didnt keep changing your step pattern, left crossover, right crossover, toeing... etc. About a mile from treeline we changed baselayer again and took out the googles and baclavas and such. The wind started up and freezing rain was sideways. When we reached the cabin the lee side was a very welcome break. Food, water, and some clothing adjustments and we were ready to get back at it. Two members of the party were showing some early signs of hypothermia and headed back down with one of our guides. The rest of us continued up. The wind was endless and made it hard to keep your feet. The wet freezing rain got in under everything. Visibility seemed to be in the 100 to 125 feet range. maybe it was more than that but did not seem it to me. I had trouble keeping pace in the wind. I stopped for a 10-20 breath break about every 20 paces. Felt warm and fine, just leg tired. We all stopped in the lee of the obs building (I think it was the obs building) and fueled up on food and drink. I quick summit pick, with the blowing ice directly in our faces, and we were heading down. With everything soaked thruogh and boots holding water we did not want to stay still for too long. Trip down was uneventful except for the mountain trying to blow us all off its face while above treeline. On the way up we could see the weather moving in, and some of the views were outstanding. On the way down we were all tired and some post holing in the weather softened snow didnt help. All in all the moutain was all I had expected and more. Beautiful, brutal, unforgiving, and a wonderful challenge and experience. You are all right when you say that this mountain captures your heart. I will be back (maybe in summer though LOL) Thank you all for your input on this board while I was prepairing for this trip. I hope the following link works for the pictures. If not I will fix it and post it again

    http://picasaweb.google.com/ewgranth...dMtWashington#

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    Correction; there were 8 climbers and 2 guides. 6 climbers and 1 guide made the summit

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    great pictures and trip report. Looks like you had a great hike with the exception of almost being blown of M/W. Thanks for sharing.

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    Ed,

    Wonderful pictures and I hope the camera dries out. You all did well considering the weather conditions. Nice the hear that you are hooked and will be back.
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