Circumnavigation of Mount Washington

By:  Greg
April 16, 2009

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Salida going black and white

Five down just one more to go! At this point, we split up. I decided to boot straight up Oakes, while Sam and Allen gave up some vert in a traverse in favor of a route which allowed them to skin up the skier’s right side of Oakes under Mt Munroe. We planned a rendezvous at the always beautiful Lake of the Clouds hut. I ended up doing more vert because of an unexpected height of land above Lakes, but did get to schuss over the Big Lake, something I’ve always wanted to do.

The snowdrift at Lakes went all the way to the roof, which made for some fun views

Finally, we traversed over to Munroe Brook, and found some sweet ripping conditions on the sunny side of the bed.

Sam getting ready to rock the finale

At this point we were all pretty tired. I was finding it tough to ski hard, and also to even think clearly about getting a good photo. I just took one for posterity:

Sam dropping in among the krumholz

After a tired-leg-descent we zoomed along the Ammo Brook back to the car, and to our great relief pulled off our boots and enjoyed relishing in our route… It was 3:25, and we had done 8200 vertical… 13 miles… Six down… none to go. 9hours 10minutes

Allen’s foot

Thanks for looking!

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

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

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

      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  

    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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