Mount Washington & The Presidential Range – Ice Climbing, Alpine Climbing, and Ski Mountaineering: The infamous Mt. Washington and the surrounding alpine peaks are known for their extreme weather. In the winter months the winds average around 50 mph with many days topping hurricane force. Temperatures average in the low teens and can easily drop below 0 deg F with the current record being -47 deg F set in 1934. These little mountains provide a big mountain experience that is easily accessible for the new mountaineer and the world class climber alike.
For the classic mountaineer, a winter summit of Mt. Washington via any of its world class routes is a quiver in the cap. For the alpine climber, the terrain of Huntington Ravine is the most popular, however, the 25 mile long range has much more offer. The skier does not have to battle the crowds in Tuckerman Ravine in the spring. Excellent skiing can be found January – April throughout the entire range.
A winter Presidential Range Traverse maybe the most sought after objective in the east. A route such as this requires knowledge, skill, preparation, and deep respect of the reality of traveling in such a harsh environment. Completing this objective can be a transforming experience, opening up a world of future alpine adventures.