Now we have finally reached the climb. Looking ahead we are seeing thin ice and snow covered rock. We choose the left side of the climb to stay away from the unstable looking ice above Mike in the sun. The first few pitched are quite good with enough ice to get good sticks as look as you look and choose each placement carefully.
Looking down the third pitch of the climb. Mike climbed up the flared groove below and he is now working across a narrow ledge system to gain the ridge on the left. This was a very exciting pitch on good solid rock.
The alpine areas in NH are very harsh. The cold can be extreme, whiteouts are common with fog and blowing snow, the high winds make travel very difficult at times. On the contrary today was a gem we had time to look around and enjoy this truly amazing place.
Thanks to Mike for joining me on this alpine adventure on Mt Washington NH.