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Sorry for not having any pictures of the trip, but taking photos was difficult most of the day.
Myself and two other guys went up the lion head winter route of Mt washington recently.
We had great conditions, and the snow was so bomber on the steeps a rope wasn't needed at all, even coming down. Conditions of the steeps in recent years have warranted ice protection and ropes, but with the hero snow on this day I think a good stick from the ice Axe could have held 3 people.
Once above tree line we realized it was going to be a windy day. We took solace in the somewhat sheltered area of lion head rock to take a quick rest and hydrate. After leaving that shelter it was like leaving a 6300' mountain and being transferred to a much larger one. 65 mph sustained winds with higher gusts blowing us down, a 1200 foot drop a few feet to our left, and blowing snow made for an interesting approach to the summit cone.
Once on the summit cone the windchill dropped even more to 50 or 60 below. Snow blowing in our faces reduced visibility to about 40 feet and battling against the wind was exhausting.
15 minutes from the summit, the temperature took a sudden plunge in seconds and gear began to freeze. Getting expedition mitts, a heavy parka, and other gear was impossible - getting in your pack with those winds speeds couldn't be done. Just minutes before, we were sweating from our effort and now, in literally seconds, our gear and sweat had started to freeze.
I knew a storm system had been predicted to come in that afternoon. We could summit, but with 15 minutes to the top, a celebration on top, and a good hour to get back to some relative shelter, I listened to my gut.
I turned us around. It Was a little disappointing, but I knew it was the right call. We made it down with 2 of our party with frost nip but no worse for the wear.
I'll be back on 3/15.