08-11-2013, 03:14 AM
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Yesterday I took a hike up Mt. Washington, NH - the highest mountain on the East Coast of the US. It isn't that high - all of 6,288 feet, but it is one of the more challenging ascents you can make as a hiker. Also, the mountain is known for having some of the worst weather in the US, and is very windy, with the highest wind gust measured at the earth's surface - 231 mph.

I organized this hike, and invited my coworkers and their friends. They're all in their 20's so even though they were not all experienced hikers, I wasn't worried about their ability to make it up. It took some time to organize; the weather didn't cooperate for months, and I wasn't going to hike it in iffy weather. Some of their friends came along too, as did my daughter and one of her school friends. Luckily they all listened to me and packed the proper clothing for the hike, or this would have ended badly.

14 of us started up the Ammonoosuc Trail and all of us made it up. Some people chose to take the train down, while the rest of us climbed down.

It was difficult, long and a lot of fun. The views were amazing.

One thing: It was windy. The winds were steady at around 40 mph, with measured gusts that hit 85 mph!! It was absolutely amazing.

Here are a few pics:

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That's one of the guys who hiked with us.

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Hiking up the Ammonoosuc trail. There were many points where scrambling with hands and feet was necessary.

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Sign at Lake of the Clouds - just before the last ascent to the Mt. Washington Observatory. The wind was whipping around at this time, people kept being blown around and had to catch themselves. Yes, it was that windy!

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Lake of the Clouds. The day started off very cloudy, but the clouds kept lifting as we ascended, so we got some amazing views.

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The final ascent from Lake of the Clouds. The little spikes in the clouds at the top of the hill in this pic are the Observatory at the summit.

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We passed the Cog train on the way down.

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 08-11-2013, 04:15 AM
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  • ben74
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Fantastic Yohann, thanks for sharing!

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 08-11-2013, 04:18 AM
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  • Agravic
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Yohann, beautiful photos!

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 08-11-2013, 04:37 AM
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Yohann, your photographs brought back some wonderful memories of hiking and skiing the mountain. As you point out, it is a beautiful and very rugged hike. I'm considering hiking Mt. Washington in early Fall to catch the spectacular colors.

Thanks for sharing your adventure with the group.

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 08-11-2013, 04:53 AM
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  • slantman
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Fantastic pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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 08-11-2013, 08:56 AM
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Great pictures, Yohann, thanks.

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 08-12-2013, 10:24 AM
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  • freddy
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Yohann, absolutely amazing and beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. Smile

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 08-12-2013, 10:38 AM
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I hiked up that mountain in the fall almost 40 years ago, and I remember how beautiful the wisps of wood smoke from distant chimneys were. Magical.

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 08-12-2013, 08:39 PM
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Great pics, Yohann! Great to see i am not the only crazy chap who still hikes up mountains! Biggrin

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 08-13-2013, 06:15 AM
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  • mikeperry
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Hi Yohann

Nice to hear everyone made it to the summit and had a good time doing so.

Very nice photos with some great scenery Thumbsup

Take care, Mike

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