Mt Washington NH

Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year – the weather forecast was grim.

I met three Maryland climbers early in Lincoln. Everyone was fired up to go, to learn, to experience, the Mt Washington climb and effect.

Personally I was very anxious –  the weather forecasted rain, freezing rain, and high winds – some of the worst conditions to handle on the mountain – it had hypothermia written all over it.

Ice coated the roads, warm moist air and clouds whipped overhead towards the ridge line. We prepped and entered the forested Ammo trail which was covered in deep sloppy snow. One party of youthful men were ahead doing a great job breaking for us. So thankful after memories of last weekends tough trail break on the Lafayette climb.

Steve, Will and Allen kept right on my tail – I was setting a brisk pace to be ahead of the incoming rain. We arrive at Lakes of the Clouds at 10:30 and on the Mt Washington summit by 12:15. This climb was shaping up nicely – to be a fast ascent of the peak. We were over half way.

After quick break on top with layer changes, food – drinks and photos we put on our gortex – goggles and tighten down our kit. We headed into the 60+ winds down the Crawford path. Our descent was slow and steady, the rains hit us as we reched lakes so we kept the move on. By 3:30 we we back at the cars in a soggy but warm state.

This day was a another great adventure on the mountain – thanks to Steve, Will,and Allen for making the long journey for a weekend in NH.


Steve cruising up the Ammo Trail


Today had this type of weather


The team up high on the Crawford Path


Summit has been reached with no view at all.

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Time to refuel and replenish!!!


Back at it – time to descend.



We made it to Happy Hour at Woodstock Station and landed these fine seats right next to the fire. Awesome ending to our climb.

Thanks to all – hope to see you soon.

Art Mooney

Three generations of Cody’s made there way to New Hampshire with a common goal, to meet up on the summit of Mt Washington. Of course there were various obstacles upon the way. For one the NH weather has not been kind – Tuesdays tropical rains kept us off the mountain and yesterday we forced our way to the summit in the continued wind driven rains and 45 degree temperatures. Our mission was accomplished Pop Pop (92 years of age) and son Russ cogged their way to the top to join climbers Steve, Chris and I on the summit of the mountain. The Generation Climb was a success to all.

When Pop Pop puts his mind to something he stays on the task and with this climb his motto was Veni, Vidi, Vici!

 Julius Caeser said this when discribed how/what he did on his campaign. (veni (I came), vidi (I saw), vici (I conquered)


Three generations – The  Cody family.


The Cman – a fine inn for the team.


Tuesday rain kept us inside. The Evolution Rock Gym is a fantastic indoor climbing facility in Concord NH.


Steve cruising the moves on plastic holds.


Energetic Chris fires his way to the top.


We all enjoyed the bouldering walls. Our session here put on a fierce fore arm pump.


Cog traffic controller – this gent greeted us and help us find our way.


Pools along the Ammo Trail – this one is aptly Gem Pool.


Climbing the Ammo trail in the mist. Our ascent was a quick 3 hours – nice work guys.


Hot drinks and lunch on the top of the world.


Steve, Chris, Pop Pop, and Russ inside the Mt Washington OBS summit building.


Quote from Steve below.

Mission accomplished! Despite temps of 35-40, pouring rain and winds of 30 mph, Chris and I successfully summited Mt. Washington for the 10th time. And, this time we were joined by my dad and brother Russ. Conditions were too brutal to snap a pic outside with our elders, though, so here’s one of Chris and me.


 Steve made a smart mountain decision – due to the wild weather and wet slippery rocks we saved our body and knees on the descent. Here we are joining the masses for a luxurious ride down the mountain on the Cog Railway.

This was a very special trip for me to guide. Much thanks to Steve for putting this all together, To Chris, Pop Pop, and Russ for joining Mooney Mountain Guides on this fantastic mountain adventure.

Art Mooney