[at-l] Jan 1 Mt. Washington

Black Wolfe blackwolfe at charter.net
Tue Jan 1 11:38:12 CST 2013

Discretion is the better part of valor.  I would much rather hear about next 
year's summit climb than hear of a rescue this year.  Thanks for the update.

Black Wolfe

Bruce W.


----- Original Message ----- 

From: "RockDancer"

> In the Northeast it's long been a traditional outing to ascend Mt.
> Washington on the first day of the year. I've done the trip on 2 
> occasions.
> The usual winter route is from Pinkham Notch up into Tuckerman's Ravine 
> but
> ascending the peak via Lion's Head Trail (winter route). Today's not a day
> I'd be on Washington, and I sincerely hope no one is on the mountain. This
> level of danger will prevent rescuers from heading above treeline, the 
> risk
> is too great. --RD
> According to the higher summits forecast:
> http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/summit_forecast.php
> "With the passage of the cold front early this morning, winds will remain
> gusty from the northwest, with temperatures plummeting through the day
> towards the teens below zero. The rapid fall of the mercury will continue
> overnight as arctic air funnels in behind the departing front, with very
> cold temperatures accompanied by hurricane force winds. Another 
> reinforcing
> shot of chilly air will rush in behind a second cold front tomorrow, 
> keeping
> the mercury suppressed in the teens below zero, with continued gusty 
> winds,
> and generally foggy conditions.
> Dangerously cold conditions, due to a building arctic air mass, will
> continue to grip the higher summits throughout the forecast period. Wind
> chills approaching 65 below zero at times will warrant extreme caution if
> venturing above treeline. Frostbite can occur on exposed skin in as little
> as five minutes in these conditions, so be sure to be fully prepared for 
> the
> cold. In addition, strong northwest winds will continue to create blowing
> snow and hazardous conditions."


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