pictures don't do it justice. mt washington has the highest promontory, 6288 ft, east of the mississippi river. the summit also is where the fastest straight line winds ever were measured something like 238 mph. the pics look to be black and white but its color.
my buddy wants me to hike to the top in a couple weeks. told him i don't think so, i'm not prepared. don't have the proper gear or the stamina. last thing i want is a helicopter ride down. people die climbing that mt in the winter.
I hear you, a winter mountain climb is a whole differnt beast than summer as the climbers on Mt Hood find out every year it seems like. I have been to the top Clingman's dome and le conte but not Mitchell. I may have to check it out and see what the difficulty is, that is some beautiful country up there. We camp at Smokmont camp ground in the Smokies, it's on that side of the Mountains and probably not far from Mitchell.
i think the first six are all right together on the nc tn border.
If i can get a few hikes in and the proper equipment i'll do the hike. hiking up 5000 ft doesn't sound like much but its all up in about 5 miles. crampons, snowshoes, ice axe, clothes that work form 35 degrees to -35 windchill or more, wind proof and water proof, emergency/survival stuff, flashlight, food and water, is a lot to carry. could be fun though.
I am from the east and the trail Ronn was on is extremly tough and yes quite the view at the same time.Me and my brother in law hiked that trail in early october and on the way up encountered rain! The temp dropped almost 25 degrees in less than an hour. We were prepared for this and decided upon reaching the summit to play it safe and get a ride to the base.Not worth dying for to say we hiked down , unfortunately not all hikers think this way as there are many accidents on this MT.
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