After leading a day of training where they practiced mountaineering skills among other subjects in this customized tour, Redline Guide Ken Hodges led guest Brian, his sons Evan and Justin, and their family friend Gregg on a tour up the west side of the mountain. The west side, it was deemed, would be best for this group’s make up.
They did well, ascending via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, even faring well in the alpine zone, but when they reached the top of ridge the full force of the weather made itself known. Nothing to deter them or send them packing, however, except the visibility which was terribly lacking. That in itself isn’t usually enough to end the day, but the active formation of rime which quickly covers everything, coupled with dense clouds really conspired against our team.
At the end of the day our group got to enjoy and appreciate the alpine zone stopping within steps of the lower lake of the Lakes of the Clouds. The summit and stunning view we get to occasionally enjoy eluded them, but the experience was worthy. The world’s worst weather lives up there and today our team was introduced to it. They told us when all said and done, they had a terrific, first rate time, as the photos may show.
Well done team. Everyone. Another fine lead, Ken.