Post by nutsandbolts on Sept 19, 2016 15:14:16 GMT -5
I'm sure others have done it, but I don't see a thread for Mt Washington yet. I ran up it on August 13th to see how quickly I could do it on a solo trip with a light pack. I've climbed Washington half a dozen times or so in the past, but never with the specific intention to move fast. I'm sure this could be completed much more quickly, but this peak does feature slightly more technical terrain than other neighboring peaks with many FTK attempts.
I started from the permit box at the Big Lake Youth Camp trail. There are several other points to start this run/climb from, but this is the closest you can get by car, resulting in a round trip distance of about 8.5 miles. Perhaps the junction of this trail with the PCT would be a more appropriate starting point for the segment, and I'm certainly open to measuring from there if/when more people become interested in this peak.
There will undoubtedly be some variation in trails to the summit but I tried to take the most obvious trail, defaulting to the ridge when possible. I brought a 8mm 40m rope and a light harness to rap the first "pitch" but soloed up and down the rest of the summit spire.
Nice, Andy! I saw this activity on Strava, but I didn't give it the credit it deserves at the time. Mt. Washington is a totally different sort of game than running many of the peaks around these parts. I bet it really brings out the mental aspect of mountain running. I'd love to give this route a go one day, but with only a couple seasons of sport climbing under my belt and a lack of experienced activity partners, the summit will have to wait. Way to go!