Announcing a new Meetup for DC Mountain Madness!
What: Mt Washington Climb
When: February 26,[masked]:00 PM
Price: $257.50 per person
Pinkham Notch, NH
Lots more details to follow, but we're scheduled to hit Mt. Washington the weekend of February 27th with Synnott Mountain Guides. Weather depending, we'll summit the mountain one day and do some multi-pitch climbing the other day (more than likely at Willey's Slide). I spoke with Mark and he said that if individuals show the proper knowledge and skill, he'll even let a few of us lead since he feels it's safer to lead for the first time with a guide than on your own.
Is this trip right for me? It depends. You don't necessarily need any previous mountain climbing experience because our guide will review necessary skills as we ascend; rock or ice climbing experience is very helpful (rope/knot familiarity). You also don't need any of the special gear like crampons, mountaineering boots or a harness etc because these are all provided free of charge by our guides. You DO need proper attire -- technical clothing that will wick sweat and keep you warm and dry (i.e., wool or polyester, no cotton!!!!
) and a decent-sized day pack to carry water and extra layers with you as we climb. Additionally, you MUST be in EXCELLENT physical shape. If our group is small and we only have one guide, then it's an everyone summits or no one summits situation. Is it tough? Sure. If you can do hikes like Signal or Stricker's Knob, Old Rag, Overall Run, the AT Roller Coaster without wanting to collapse at the end, you should be ok. I'll post a suggested gear list and a required gear list in the next few days.
The price listed includes just the two days of guided climbing. I need to call the Cranmore Lodge to see if they'll offer us any discount since we've gone up there before - if they don't cut us a deal, expect around another $75 to cover two nights lodging (bunkhouse style, which is much more fun that it sounds).
Southwest Airlines often runs incredible deals on flights from BWI to Manchester. I've seen it as low as $25 each way so with tax it come to less than $100. It's a two hour drive to North Conway from Manchester and it's about an 11 hour drive from DC. I'll probably fly up early Friday night and come back early Monday am or late Sunday.
Night skiing at Cranmore Mountain is a given.
Payment required to hold your spot.
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/DC-Mountain-Madness/calendar/11895093/