Hi all -
Just a question about recommended experience.
I have bagged several peaks in the White Mountains of NH and some including Mt Katahdin in Maine. I have done a ton of hiking, backpacking, camping, and some of that has been in the winter. I have done a mixed alpine climb on a 2000 ft slope that was cut out by a glacier - this climb included a little bit of ice technique, snow slopes between 30 and 70 degrees, and some rope management. I have a little experience with crampons and a mountaineering axe, and have had self arrest training.
The plan this winter is to continue doing what I have done and to do a full winter assault on Washington and other peaks. I will continue lots of climbing and hiking in the Whites because it is easily accessible to me, but I'm wondering what my next step up should be. I don't want to try and tackle something beyond my capabilities, as I am looking to be safe and responsible, within my skill set.
I know Alicia lives in the New England area, so maybe having hiked in the Whites, but having bigger experience on Rainier, you'd be able to tell me what you think.
Anyone else with big mountain experience, chime in as well.