March 20-22 Introduction to Mountaineering Course, Mt Washington

Two spaces remain in the introduction to mountaineering skills course!

Instructor: Charles Laliberte
Date: Evening of 20 March, and all of 21 & 22 March
Location: Mt Washington, Harvard Cabin
Number of Participants: 6
Cost: $200 + any fees to stay in the park (tbd)

Details: The basic mountaineering course is 2.5 days
– Day 1: on Friday evening from Pinkham Notch we do gear check and review, packing up the big pack then we hike up (~90 minutes) to Harvard Cabin at the base of Lions Head (need 3 season sleeping bag and mat, food/meals, gear for the w-e. There is a propane stove in the cabin).
– Day 2: at the bottom of Huntingtons Ravine. Walking/climbing snow/easy ice with and without crampons using alpine axe/self arresting. Building snow and/or ice anchors. Roping up with a crevasse rescue demo.
– Day 3: We go up an easy snow couloir (with some easy ice). Usually the South Gully in Huntingtons Ravine. Charles leads up and belays the participants. If there is a strong participant they will lead up seconded by a participant. Once on top of the couloir, if weather permits, we traverse Alpine Gardens, take a look at Tuckermans Ravine from the top, then walk down Lions Head back to the cabin. Pick up our big packs and hike back down to Pinkham Notch/cars.

For pictures from last weekend’s course, see:

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