Last weekends weather was in one way excellent with clear cobalt blue skies but on the other some would say brutal with temperatures in the negative numbers and winds hitting the century mark on the summit of Mt Washington. Our group of four climbers came to NH for a two day adventure on a intro to mountaineering program. Our first day was loaded with skills and techniques and day two followed with a climb of Mt Washington.

When the weather is extreme climbers must be prepared mentally, physically, clothing systems and equipment must be dialed in. Bob and I prepared the team for these conditions and by the time we ventured above tree line we were all in sync. At Lake of the Clouds everyone put the extreme gear to the test – shell coats, parkas, expedition mittens, facemasks and goggles kept us comfortable enough to keep climbing upwards. The winds did subside abit – down to 70 and the temp was a balmy -6 when we topped out on Mt Washington.

Enjoy the photos of winter mountaineering on Mt Washington – at times home to the worlds worst weather!

Louis and Neil on Welsh and Dickey.

Arturo – prepared and ready for the climb.

Don – learned about icing on the moustache.

On left Bob MMG Guide our Mammut Rep leading the way, Arturo keeping pace right behind .

Firm snow made for easy travel.

Neil cruising up the steeps.

Full face protection!

In Sync – using flat foot and rest step techniques.

Headed for the top!

Mt Washington aka the Rock Pile 6288.

Thanks to Arturo, Don, Neil, Louis and Bob for an excellent weekend adventure in New Hampshires White Mountains.

Art Mooney