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Oct Presi Traverse...whose brain can I pick?
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Lou Kuhlmann
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Oct Presi Traverse...whose brain can I pick? on 09/15/2010 15:59:28 MDT Print View

Is there anyone who is a guru on the Presi Traverse? I'm relatively experienced but this will be a stretch.
My questions include...1 day vs 2 days
total length of time, ect. Can anyone help?

Spruce Goose
(SpruceGoose) - F

Locale: New England
Oct Prezzie Traverse on 09/16/2010 04:17:49 MDT Print View

I've done probably 10 traverses in the past 3 years. I think 4 of them were "official" winter traverses. I don't know if I'd say that I'm a guru, but...

In full winter conditions, doing it as an overnighter is "easier" because you can camp above treeline on the snow. If there's no snow cover, though (I think the official rule is 2 feet), you're not allowed to camp above treeline...and thus you have to lose a lot of elevation in order to find a decent place to camp.

So, in October, I'd say it's best to do it as a day hike...assuming you're in decent shape. Of course, it' all weather dependent up there. You've gotta be able to wait for a good weather window. If the weather sucks, even the most experienced will be hard-pressed to make it over the ridge in a day.

I'd estimate an October traverse would take about 12-14 hours to complete, for most people. You'd definitely want to bring Microspikes (or something similar), and probably crampons. It'll definitely be icy up there.

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
Mt Washington summit weather on 09/16/2010 09:42:51 MDT Print View

You may already be familiar with this resource, but if you're not, it's the summit weather station website. It's a great resource for planning trips in the Presidential Range. In addition to the current conditions and forecast, you can listen to the morning summit report, look at the monthly data from the past few years, web cams, etc.

Hope this helps!