Monday, August 27, 2012

Mount Washington Climb via the Boott Spur Trail

With my husband John and our dog, we climbed Mount Washington(highest peak in the Northeastern United States) via the Boott Spur Trail 3 weeks ago.

We had a great time. The views above the tree line were quite spectacular.

I'm almost 5 months pregnant so we took it easy, walked slowly, drank plenty of water and took lots of breaks. It was just perfect!

Our altitude gain from our starting point to the top of Mount Washington is about 3,000ft or 1.000m

On the way down, we got cut in a storm. Rain was heavy and rocks were slippery. We could hear the thunders getting closer; we rushed down to reach the tree line. Fortunately the lightings changed direction and we finished the hike under the rain. Thanks to our good Gortex, the rain did not bother us. We had a very good day.

DETAILS Boot Spur: The Boott Spur Trail is a longer route to the summit. It climbs the ridge between the Gulf of Slides and Tuckerman Ravine, which means you will be above treeline for a much longer period of time. On nice days, this can be a wonderful, less crowded way to go. Wikipedia:  

DETAILS Mount Wahington: Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft (1,917 m), famous for dangerously erratic weather. For 76 years, until 2010, a weather observatory on the summit held the record for the highest wind gust directly measured at the Earth's surface, 231 mph (372 km/h) (or 103 m/s), on the afternoon of April 12, 1934. Before European settlers arrived, the mountain was known as Agiocochook, or "Home of the Great Spirit".