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Kiddo and I have done plenty of medium day-hikes together. The most recent was up the Bryce Path between Cathedral & Whitehorse, over Whitehorse and back down the Whitehorse trail. While not as far as Pinkham to HoJo's, it's most assuredly steeper and generally harder. We did that one in about 2 hours on Sunday and I'm hoping he'll realize that the Mt. Washington hike is easier - we'll see. The wife, who wants no part of this expedition BTW, isn't so sure that kiddo will do well with the backpack but I'm keeping him pretty doggone light and carrying most everything myself. Frankly without a tent & water my pack is far lighter than my winter ice climbing guide pack & rope. IMHO it's not bad at all.
With any luck there will be a lean-to slot available on Wednesday. Unfortunately the AMC doesn't reserve them 'till the day you want one. [sigh] Not sure why that is, but it sure is inconvenient. Imagine you are coming up from New York! Anywho -the girl at the desk says there shouldn't be any problem, but you never know. Needless to say I do have a PLAN B in place - I.E. bringing a tent and heading over to Wild River. I love the Evans Notch area and it would be fun, it's just not quite the same thing.
So, when I said that the wife wants no part of this, I mean it. She thinks I'm overreaching for a first time backpacking trip. I have more faith in the kiddo & my ability to keep him motivated, but we shall see. I hope to get up there, dump the packs, get a snack and wander up into Tucks by the cache. Then back down to fiddle around & then make dinner. My guess is that he'll be pretty tired & will crash early. Then up in the early morning for a cereal breakfast and a hike across the connector & up for a view of the Huntington fan, some lunch and an leisurely hike down to Pinkham.
Ice Conditions Report:
Selected Ice Conditions effective February 4, 2016
In spite of the rain and warmup, there is still ice to be climbed in the Valley and Notches. Some additional caution is required after an event like this, but with reasonable care you should have stuff to climb this weekend. All of the larger climbs are still there and by mid-day Friday and Saturday should be good to go. Just place plenty of pro, check for bonding and beware of some of the top-outs and all should be good. For the time being I personally would NOT go under Repentance or Remission!
Since he skis, I'm also hoping to get him thinking about hiking up to Tucks next Spring. Who knows, maybe even a little snow climbing might be in store. Now THAT would be a cool thing for a 9 year old to do. Heck, there was a 9 year old riding the Mt. Washington Bicycle Hillclimb last Saturday! It's impressive what the kiddos these days can do.
So we're heading off in a few minutes, so wish us luck. The weather looks about as promising as we could ask for, tho a bit cooler than you would expect for this time of year. Why am I not surprised? Stay tunes for the rousing conclusion to this tale of 2 guys on the mountain in next week's "White Mountain Report". [grin]
With the breeze we've had the bugs have been minimal on the cliff. However in the woods they are brutal. Strangely enough I've even seen black flies around, and they are biting! Keep that bug dope handy folks.
My Quick Weather Note:
Several nice days followed by a smattering of rain Tuesday morning and a blustery but bluebird afternoon has added up to a string of fairly nice couple of days. According to the Weather Pundits (yeah right) the jet-stream has moved up north for the first time in 8 weeks, allowing for some warmer and drier weather to move in. Maybe it's this much vaunted "Summer" thing that we're all heard about, but not seen. We shall see...
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When I began climbing, the rope symbolized trust. Sport climbing turned the rope into 60 meters of vague social contract. Ice and alpine routes reminded me why the rope is a sacred climbing icon; it signifies the unbreakable bond between partners.