18 Photos - Mar 4, 2013
Photo: Saturday's tour:  6400' vertical and ~15.5 miles distance, with a high point just 800' shy of the summit.  (Note that the ski & skin routes are approximate for the Chandler Ridge snowfield, except for start and end points.  Nelson Crag snowfield though is from the GPS track log.  And yes, the USGS quad really is that far off for Raymond Path!)Photo: Skinning up the road at treeline.Photo: At the Auto Road's Winter Cut-off, we met the Snow Coach's photographer Ernie Mills, who took some pictures of us, first skinning up at him...Photo: ... then skinning away from him ...Photo: ... and finally skinning up high above him.Photo: Same picture as before, but zoomed in.  (Ernie's two cameras had some massive lenses!)Photo: Looking back down.Photo: Skiing down low in the Chandler Ridge snowfield.Photo: Me saying something really profound in our Chandler Ridge snowfield.  (And in case you're wondering, those are prototype skis I've been tasked with trying to break:  http://www.skilab.com/portfolio/k-wild-jelly/ )Photo: Sunday's tour:  3200' vertical and ~8 miles.  (The final little dog leg near the base is rescue practice at a small gladed hill off of Old Jackson Road.)Photo: Stopping at the GoS memorial rescue cache to point out Crumbaker's PhD notation and that Wald was a professional employee at my Harvard graduate school alma mater.  Mt Washington avalanche victims tend to be highly educated and accomplished in their careers.  I was told that the victim on Friday was about to start medical school.Photo: GoS #3/main.Photo: A grim spreadsheet to update, given the latest incident the afternoon before our field sessions started.Photo: Yes, everything really is on the internet:  later on back home, looking up his degrees (Case Western Reserve University bachelor's in physics & Colorado State University PhD in physics), I even found his grave.  Saving a spot for his wife to join him eventually.  He also left behind a one-year-old daughter.Photo: This inscription has some interesting implications in the context of avalanche safety.Photo: Probably his grandparents?Photo: Mount Washington has also had three avalanche fatalities that predate that start of my chart.  (I omitted them since they occurred before even Roger Damon started teaching avalanche safety courses.)  Here are two climbing fatalities in Huntington -- note that Tux was officially closed that day, a practice that has long since been discontinued.  This is also the latest in the season that a fatal avy incident has ever occurred on Mt Washington.Photo: This appears to be the first avalanche fatality on Mt Washington.