This weekend sort of started the ball rolling for us, so to speak. It began Saturday with a Winter Skills course followed by a Mountaineering Skills course. And this was followed the next day with a successful ascent of Mt Washington — the tallest most badass peak in the Northeast and the crown jewel of the White Mountain National Forest. Atypical of its badassness, however, the weather up there thankfully cooperated offering up milder temps and calmer winds.
Day one was led by Redline Guide and owner Mike Cherim with Ryan Mcguire co-leading. Day two was led by Ken Hodges with Katie Vaughan co-leading. Day one, at least the morning part, had nine participants (though it should have been ten). This was whittled down to seven for the afternoon session. It was this seven — a group from Ridj-it — that would make their summit attempt. Of the seven two would bail and detour with Katie to Tuckerman Ravine for a look-see watching skiers take in Left Gully, and one, suffering foot discomfort, threw in the towel well above treeline and was escorted off mountain with Ryan (who happened to be recreating on the mountain on his own). The remaining four, led by Ken, made it to the top. Check out these photos, courtesy of all the guides on-duty this weekend (listed above):
Day One: Training Day
Day Two: Hike Day
Well done one and all. It was a fine first day. Thanks for choosing Ridj-it with Redline Guiding.