We're going to try and take at least a weeklong trip and just wait for good weather if we have to. But if the weather cooperates right off the bat and we have extra time, are there any other good daylong alpine climbs in the area? I've looked at huntington ravine (specifically Central Gully). I'm looking for something that can be done with a single mountaineering axe and general mountaineering crampons. Are there any good snow/alpine ice climbs that have enough snow in them during a typical December?
Thanks for the help!
Do you ever sleep at minus 20 in a sleeping bag after hicking a day. If you don't I will suggest you to take a day or two before you enter in the timber line. Ounce I climbed on that area and, after a small summit, we traversed a "col" near madisson. the weather felt from around fifteen to minus 10 in five minute. My hand froze in my glove. So, it is not just a walk in the mountain that you are going to do, you also have to understand why the weather change so fast in five minutes.
As you come from Atlanta and I just climbed with a good partner and friend in the yos, I know that there is not a lot of snow in Atlanta. You want a great adventure, and I hope that you will have as much fun as I had in mt washington. I am not trying to discourage you. There is also the harvard cabin in mt Washington that can be a base camp to your expedition. In that way, you can try many route and came back safely to your camp and, if any problem, to the cabin which is heat. It is possible to do half the traverse in one side, and on the other side without taking any shuttle.
With the global warming, the weather is warmer, but still; they received three foot of snow in one day not so far ago.