On October 16th-17th 2011, Christopher Mejias and Derek Humphrey, two good friends and avid outdoor enthusiasts, decided to take a break from the everyday grind and explore the White Mountains in Coos County, New Hampshire.
This video (slideshow) tastefully documents the two day journey as they climbed Mountain Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft (1,917 m), famous for dangerously erratic weather.
As they drew closer to the summit, the two experienced temperatures in the 30-40s, winds blowing 50-60mph, and a light freezing fog which created light white out conditions. While resting atop the summit, the weather decided to take a break as well, and allowed the two backpackers to finally take in the well deserved view. With the sun starting to set, they started their descent down Tuckerman’s Ravine towards the Hermit Lake Shelters (busting out headlamps halfway down), where they found refuge from the overnight’s freezing rain. Much to their pleasure, Day Two contained gorgeous weather and allowed for a hard push up the Boot’s Spur Link. Once atop another magnificent viewpoint, they enjoyed a brief period of rest before taking their final descent back down the Boot’s Spur Trail to Pickham Notch.
“It really was an amazing first experience of Mountain Washington and the White Mountains… and it certainly won’t be my last.” - Chris Mejias
Day One: Start: Pinkham Notch. Tuckerman’s Ravine to Lion’s Head’s to Tuckerman Junction/Mount Washington Summit Push. Tuckerman’s Ravine down to Hermit Lake Shelters.
Day 2: Start Hermit Lake Shelters; Boots Spur Link; Boots Spur Trail back out to Pickham Notch.
Day One: 6266ft
Day two: 4630ft
Total Distance: 8.3 Miles