Peak(s):  Mt. Washington - 6,288 feet
Date Posted:  09/03/2008
Date Climbed:   08/24/2008
Author:  Athos791

 High-point for TalusMonkey-- Mt. Washington  

This past weekend I decided to drag my dad out for a hike up Mt. Washington which is the state highpoint for New Hampshire. I never got to hike with TalusMonkey, but after reading many of his TR's and all of the topics on him, I just felt like he was an awesome human, and wished that I would have known him. I felt that this was the least I could do to honor him. I know that he will never be forgotten.

The hike is about 8.5 miles and 4300' elevation gain. The summit stands at 6288 feet. We ascended the Tuckerman's Ravine route and descended the same way. After arriving at the TH at around 6pm we set off for our destination of the Hermit Lake Shelters where we pitched a tent for the night. We awoke the next morning at around 5:30 and were off. The trail up to this point was just some easy rock hopping and nothing to write home about. After the shelters you wind upwards until you reach the base of Tuckerman's ravine. This ravine is extremely steep and was awesome fun to hike up.

Sunrise from the base of the ravine

Me with the sunrise and ravine in background

After you reach the top of the ravine you are greeted with a pretty large talus field. This last climb to the summit was about 800' elevation gain and was pretty loose rock so we had to keep a close eye on our footing.

We were high enough on this mountain compared to the surroundings that the clouds seemed to create an ocean and the peaks looked like islands.

Sea of Clouds

After the talus field, you pop out right at a road?? Yep that's right, a road…it kind of surprised me to finish our hike with a car driving by looking at us like we were the ones out of place Anyway, it was kind of nice to have a fresh cinnamon roll on the summit for breakfast!

Tired dad next to the wind-speed sign

Summit Photo

Here's to TalusMonkey, his memory will live on forever!

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 Comments or Questions

Right on!
11/30/2010 17:20
Couldn't think of a better way to honor TM. Great job!

Even though elevations are lower, that's still a solid climb. Just one of many I hope to do one day. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Great writing and photos, too ...


Way to go!
09/04/2008 15:51
Excellent trip report!


09/09/2008 02:19
Thanks for the kind words guys!

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