Wintery Hike Up Mount Washington

October 19th, 2015 and it's full on winter up on Mount Washington. I had no real plans for today but after hearing that the higher summits received a few inches of snow, Squall and I headed up to Pinkham Notch. The forecast was perfect - bluebird and warm with clouds/wind moving in later in the day, it was an optimal weather window to go play in the snow. We headed up the Tuckerman Ravine trail and ran into Tristan Williams and Beau Etter-Garrette working on HoJo's. Window looks great by the way. On the way up to the bowl a guy warned me about the ice fall due to the warm temps on the right side of the bowl. And he was right, chunks were falling every now and then but I figured if we just moved fast through those sections we'd minimize the risk. The exposed sections were short but 50 pound chunks of ice in the trail were a nice reminder of the immediate danger. Once above the bowl, the snow drifts started to build up and Squall was loving it. I even took the opportunity to put on my gators and MicroSpikes. A few people had gone ahead of us that day so we just followed the tracks to the summit where it was very quiet. Observatory staff were taking down signs, closing up shop for the year. A couple bros hiking the AT were hanging out in their Crocs at the State Park facility - don't think they'll finish this year if these temps hold. We chatted for a bit before it was time to begin our descent. Since the icefall was probably still a hazard we went down Lion Head and back over to HoJos. The wind started to pick up so it was an ideal window for summiting. I watched Tristan and Beau set the window then started back to the visitor's center. Here are some photos and video from the day: