Friday, January 16, 2009

Mount Washington 101

At 6,288 feet, there are thousands of peaks taller than Mt. Washington. But as many New Englanders know, a winter hike up Mt. Washington is no easy feat. The highest winds ever recorded (231 mph/ 372 kph) were on the top of this peak, and it's rare to get to the summit without experiencing some of Washington's legendary weather. This makes Mt. Washington a favorite location for NEMO employees to test out our prototypes.The NYTimes has an interesting audio slide show and article about the basics of hiking up this mountain in the winter (i.e., no cotton).


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One good piece advice learned: turn your water bottle upside down so that the water freezes from the bottom and up, and you'll still be able to drink it.

Update: Coincidentally, National Geographic also has an article and photo gallery up about the "Everest of the East Coast" in their February 2009 issue.

-Bill

1 comment:

Michael said...

Bill,

Thanks for the water tip. Something I always do on winter backpacking/hiking overnights is sleep with my wet hiking boots. I put them in a plastic bag and then stuff them into the bottom of my sleeping bag. Your body heat keeps them from freezing. It might be a little uncomfortable, (I am usually to worn out to care) but not compared to putting on frozen solid hiking boots in the morning, ouch.