How to stay warm in winter, and get a good head start in the morning. (Today, however, we intentionally stayed in bed waiting for warmer weather.)
Beginning of the Lion Head winter route.
Thinning trees as we approach treeline.
Time to put on a windbreaker!
A view of Boott Spur.
Climbing toward the Lion Head.
View of the Carter Range.
Left side of the Bowl.
Michelle on the Lion Head.
Rich coming up to the Lion Head.
Headwall of Tuckerman Ravine: can you see the climber?
Thomas setting out above the Alpine Garden.
Still got a little ways to go...
Rich taking in the view.
Michelle and Rich following above the Alpine Garden trail. Lion Head, Carter Range, and Baldface Range in background.
Sunlight reflecting of wind-crusted snow on Boott Spur.
Rime on a cairn.
Cairns mark the Boott Spur trail.
Pausing for photos, a snack, and a southwesterly view.
Rich and Thomas.
Mts Monroe and Eisenhower - with the Willey and Franconia Ranges in the background.
Rime formations near the summit.
View down to Boott Spur.
Rime-covered summit building.
View south over time-covered stairs.
Rime on the ground.
My axe, planted in rime-covered snow.
View north from the summit: Mts Jefferson, Adams, Madison.
View northeast over Nelson Crag.
Thomas taking photos from the observation deck.
Rime on the floor of the observation deck.
Michelle with rime-covered structure.
View toward Boott Spur. There's a half-dozen people on the trail.
Rich and I decided to follow them, while Michelle and Thomas went down Lion Head.
Rich crossing the Lawn. (Heavily edited photo: my camera strap was in the frame!)
Rich heading toward Boott Spur.
I couldn't decide which shot I liked better.
Rich advancing into blowing snow.
Snow drifting in the wind.
Normal weather - except it's usually colder (note Rich isn't wearing gloves!)
The cloud passes quickly. View of Mt Washington from Boott Spur.
Rime-covered snow below Boott Spur.
Slight detour to a scenic overlook.
View into Tuckerman Ravine.
It looks like the Alpine Garden is just a few steps away...
...but in fact there's a bit of a drop in between.
View of Mt Washington over Tuckerman Ravine, from the top of the Boott Spur Link trail.
Last snack break above treeline.
"Welcome to the Alpine Zone" - or farewell in this case.
Final view of Tuckerman Ravine.