One of the most famous mountains in all of North America lies in New Hampshire. This mountain attracts individuals from all over the world. Did you know that Mount Washington is the third deadliest mountain in the United States? The mountain has claimed the lives of approximately 140 individuals. There’s a great book on this historic peak titled Not Without Peril. In this book you’ll find tales of adventures and mishaps along with a glimpse of the incredible history that the mountain holds.
Mount Washington is home to some of the world’s worst recorded weather and every year people perish on this mountain from avalanches or hypothermia. Avalanches occur in the famous Tuckerman Ravine and Huntington Ravine regularly throughout the winter season. The United States Department of Agriculture employs snow rangers to monitor the instability of the snow in this area. The avalanche conditions can be found by going to the Mount Washington Avalanche Center website or by clicking here. The avalanche advisory is also posted at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and at the base of both ravines.
The weather is known for changing quickly on this mountain and anyone considering traveling in the backcountry here should be prepared for extreme conditions. There are outfits in North Conway New Hampshire that offer guided trips to the summit. One of the outfits is International Mountain Equipment. IME offers several courses on avalanche safety as well as ice climbing and mountaineering. They offer something for beginners to advanced climbers. You can check out International Mountain Equipment by going to their website at http://www.ime-usa.com/ or by clicking here. The Appalachian Mountain Club is also offering a variety of courses and guided trips on backcountry travel. The AMC also offers family activities, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing adventures. You can find the Appalachian Mountain Club at their website http://www.outdoors.org/ or by clicking here.
Whatever you’re outdoor interest happens to be, Mount Washington offers something for you. Remember to always check the weather forecast before heading out to the mountains and bring the proper equipment. If you don’t know how to use the equipment required for a specific activity, take a course on it and get the proper training. Remember to always let someone know where you are going. For more information on Mount Washington check out the Mount Washington Observatory website by clicking here, or at http://www.mountwashington.org/
Have a safe and enjoyable winter season. I’ll see you in the mountains!