I'm new here. I've been reading the posts and am very impressed by all of the knowledge I've seen here. I have wanted to climb Mt. Washington since buying the AMC guidebook over 20 years ago. But I never did...family and work always seemed to come first, as they should.
Now, at age 60, this overweight and out-of-shape schoolteacher would like to finally climb it.
I've read everything I can lay may hands on about hiking in the Whites, and am well aware of the weather risk and the strenuous demands. I tend to be overly cautious (it's the schoolteacher in me). So, I started walking for 20 minutes three times a day, and modifying my diet. I've lost 8 pounds and won't look back. My daughter and I will hike Great Blue next month, then Mt. Wachusett, then Mt. Monadnock, then, according to plan, Mt. Greylock next spring, all the time increasing my daily exercise and diet routine. Then, if all has gone well, I hope to go up Mt. Washington sometime next summer, hopefully in a group. I think the AMC used to sponsor guided hikes to the summit and I hope they still do.
I'd appreciate advice from those new to hiking; I've already scoured the posts here and on other sites. In closing, thank you all for your shared experiences.