My friends and I are very interested in hiking Mt. Washington this year. Unfortunately, it looks like the first weekend we are all able to do it is either the last weekend in September or first weekend in October. I realize from trail reports and other resources that this is a very real mountain that should be treated as such, and that hiking out of the summer months can be difficult.
I am wondering if anyone can provide information for me as to how difficult/dangerous it could be around the times I listed. Obviously, weather can only be forecasted a few days before (and we will be sure to pay close attention to the forecast) , but based on weather averages, do you think we will have a problem? We are all in good shape, two of us with substantial mountaineering experience (but the other two with none). Would an ice axe, climbing rope, and crampons be recommended for this time of the year (two of us don't have any of those supplies)? Is there anything else besides the standard equipment you would recommend? We were hoping to do the Tuckerman Ravine Route.
I sincerely thank you for any help you can provide.