Winter Presidental Traverse

1:24 p.m. on December 7, 2002 (EST)
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Can anyone give me the bare bones description of a winter Presidential Traverse, or point me to where I can find one? I am looking for info not descriptions of why I should pay a guide. I am on the west coast and can't get a hold of any guide books for the area.


-Steve

3:01 p.m. on December 7, 2002 (EST)
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a.k.a. Kevin Rooney

A Presidential Traverse in the WMNF is usually done from north to south so that the more difficult mountains are done first. Therefore, most people begin with with Madison and end on Clinton or Jackson (there being some differences of opinion as to whether it's necessary to climb Jackson also). During the summer is usually done a a long dayhike (it's about 22 miles) but winter with it's shorter days and gear requirements makes that difficult.

Here's a link to a TR for a summer traverse:

http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/whites/traverse/traverse.html

As to whether you need a guide or not - only you can make that call. While lots of places get more snow than the Presidentials, they do lie in the storm tracks of NE weather, and the northern jet stream often dips low over the Mt Washington area, producing some especially high winds for a relatively low mountain, compared to the Cascades or Rockies.

The best book on the area is the White Mountain Guide published by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). It can be ordered online.

Also, search the archives at Views from the Top at

http://www.viewsfromthetop.com/

 


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Can anyone give me the bare bones description of a winter Presidential Traverse, or point me to where I can find one? I am looking for info not descriptions of why I should pay a guide. I am on the west coast and can't get a hold of any guide books for the area.


-Steve

7:53 p.m. on December 7, 2002 (EST)
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Can anyone give me the bare bones description of a winter Presidential Traverse, or point me to where I can find one?

Another excellent description is found at:

http://www.chauvinguides.com/PresiTraverse/presiguide.htm

They are a guide service, but the info they provide is free!

3:48 a.m. on December 14, 2002 (EST)
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