MITOC Winter School 2000

Here is a photo album of all the sights I captured during the trips I led for the MIT Outing Club's annual Winter School. Although I may have been the "crampon Nazi," everyone seemed to have lots of fun.

Lonesome Lake, 1/8/00

What a beautiful day for a hike! Sunny, clear, no wind, and temperatures in the teens. There's no better way to learn about wilderness winter travel.

At the Trailhead

Yes, the ice can support our weight.

The Kinsmans, over Lonesome Lake.

Mt. Moosilauke, 1/15/00

Some wild, windy, and cold weather had blown in, but we found the best day of the holiday weekend. The sun was bright, the temperatures were cold, and the light winds gave us a chance to enjoy the summit.

Ascending the Glencliff Trail.

Approaching the summit.

We made it!

Sebastian and Jobildunk Ravine.

"Look, no headlamps!" Planning pays off.

Gearing up for the summit approach.

First on top!

The Octopus is congratulated.

Late-day sun over the Carriage Rd.

Tuckerman Ravine, 1/22/00

What a brutal day! Our attempt at Eisenhower was stopped in the parking lot, so we bailed out to Pinkham Notch for some below-treeline exploring in Tuck's. What did we learn? That brutal conditions make simple tasks practically impossible, which is why people who bring unadjusted crampons are not only foolish, but fundamentally bad people. ;-)

Practicing self-arrest on the Sherburne Trail.

Screaming wind and frigid temperatures at Hermit Lake.

Mt. Eisenhower, 1/29/00

After getting pummeled the weekend before, three of us went back for more. Perfect weather--clear skies, light winds, and moderate temperatures made the hike a treat.

The Crawford Path beckons.

Mt. Washington and Eisenhower, seen from Mt. Pierce.

The Crawford Path above treeline, approaching Eisenhower.

On the summit!

A Grey Jay shadows our progress.

The Octopus demonstrates the self-arrest grip atop Mt. Pierce.

Ascending the summit cone.

Late afternoon, descending the Crawford Path.

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