Mount Washington Ascent Decmeber 7, 2008
Guides Zebulon Jakub (me) and Sam Bendroth guided a group of 6 climbers on Mount Washington.
Our groups started early with breakfast at the Nereledge Inn. After we all pooled into our cars and headed up to Pinkham Notch where we moved quickly on the Tuckerman’s Ravine trail.
We all naturally split into our groups and moved up the trail at our own respective speeds. We then quickly gained the Lions Head “summer” route. There we put on crampons and started up the trail and breached the tree line to find calm and beautiful conditions under a slightly cloudy sky.
As we all climbed, we reached Lions Head at about 10:45am and there went into a group of hree, that were summit bound. I (Guide Zebulon Jakub) and climbers Gloria Garcia, Robyn Metcalfe, and Stephen Pearse left Lions Head determined to summit Mount Washington in increasingly poor conditions as the clouds were dropping and the snow started to fall horizontally with the increasing wind.
Meanwhile, Guide Sam Bendroth and climbers Scott Hamilton, Bob Metcalfe, and Alan Valdes continued up a bit past Lions Head where they decided to call it a good successful day on Mount Washington.
In the meantime I, with, Gloria, Robyn, and Stephen where in white out conditions working our way through the Rime Ice covered rocks towards the summit. Then, at about 1:00pm our group all found their way to the summit in ever increasing wind and poor visibility. After a brief stop in the summit shelter, we all turned a quick spin on our heels to start our way down to the cars….just a mere 4.2 miles down the trail.
Below are some pictures of our trip and a close look at the way the weather indeed changed. Congratulations to Gloria, Robyn, and Stephen for a hard climb and well earned summit on Mount Washington! Also, a very honorable mention to Alan, Scott, and Bob for great effort and good spirit on their adventure up high onto Mount Washington’s Lions Head ridge and Alpine Garden!