November 10, 2013
I am interested in completing the 4000 footers. However, I hike slow and steady. I can climb 1000' in 1:15.
Probably Intermediate to advanced. For example, I climbed Mt. Garfield this last Saturday Nov 9, 2013. I hit ice at 2800' and had to put on crampons.
Mt. Hood in Oregon was a challenge. We started out at Midnight with ice axe and crampons and reached the summit at 615 AM to catch the sunrise and spectacular views.
Goals: Complete the New England 4000 footers. On the bucket list is to hike the AT, probably section hiking. I would also like to try another assault on Mt. Adams in Washington some summer.
Being stupid - I was up on Washington once with light rain, in the 40's with a 30 kt wind and I notice I've got a stumbling gait. I can speak, but my words are slurred. RED ALERT - Hypothermia is on the way. Fortunately, I had the gear for it and put it on.
I'm a New Englander and have climbed in the Whites since a kid in scouts. I am also a retired Paramedic, which can be a useful skill on the mountains.