The forecast was concerning, as it often is on the 6288′ Mt Washington. The prognosticators of the weather predicted winds topping the century mark, with a slight lessening late in the day and more so over a 48-hour period. The temps were mild, and while they, too, were dropping, they were going to be staying on the charts — for now. But those winds! If the Mt Washington Observatory had it wrong, they would have to be a lot wrong for me to greenlight a summit attempt. Standing up is just too important.
For this reason I decided the Boott Spur Trail would offer our guest, Jim, more bang for the buck, so to speak. Not only would he get to treeline more quickly, he’d be able to experience it safely for a couple hours before topping out to face the fury and head back.