Circumnavigation of Mount Washington

By:  Greg
April 16, 2009


Me enjoying letting it rip after my first tentative descent back in Feb. Felt good to open ’em up in there above the exposure!

We changed over above the bulge, and cruised up to the Alpine Garden. Two down, four to Go!

We took a high tack, and had no problem zooming over to Sluice, which was just getting prime as the crowds made their way up into the Bowl.

Allen dreaming of bigger skis for the big white Tuckerman

Three down, three to go! We went down the cutler river, and took a high right over the snowfields. manky entrance, but worthwile to avoid the open water. We got some water at hojos, some food, and then quickly started moving up Hillmans. I started to bonk a little bit at this point, since Hillmans is 1K+ of pure, mind-numbing, bootpacking bliss, baking in the noonday sun, but nonetheless made it up and over to Gulf of Slides. Not sure on names over there, but we hit the main one that most people do.

Sam enjoying the mellower & tame terrain of GOS after our day of trials and tribulations

Four down, two to go!

We went up and over the S shoulder of Boott Spur, and made our way to our penultimate drainage, Oakes Gulf. The going was suprisingly rough due to postholes, rocks, and krumholzwells, but we finally found a snowfield substantial enough to ski on, and traversed to a nice open bowl far skier’s left in the Gulf (which in reality was just the first thing we came to that looked skiable. The southern exposure made for some creamy snow

Allen giving it on the penultimate cruiser leg of our journey

Sam can feel the finish line

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3 Comments

  1. M V Skier Jr
    wrote on June 21st, 2009 at 8:35 pm  
    1

    SIck TR, I hope to be able to do something like that some day!☺

    • gpetrics
      wrote on June 21st, 2009 at 9:17 pm  
      2

      Glad you liked it MV. Can’t wait for next season. Hope to see you out there.

  2. williebikes
    wrote on March 14th, 2011 at 12:13 am  
    3

    just came across this trip report… I saw you guys! A couple of times actually as we were accomplishing the same task(almost)… except I started from pinkham.. hit central in Huntington, then the great gulf then the east snowfields, around the bowl to Dodges drop, next a quick trip to Oakes, as there wasn’t much snow left, then finished in the Gulf of Slides back to my car. I was snowboarding.. what a great day…

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