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    First Time Mt. Washington Hiker Looking For Advice.


    I am planning to hike Mt. Washington but am not an experienced hiker. I have done some hiking here and there a mile or 2 hikes. I have always wanted to hike Mt. Washington for the bragging rights but I don't want to do something stupid and be one of those people with a cell phone crying for help in the middle of the night because I am lost.

    How long does it take to hike Mt. Washington?

    What should I bring?

    What should I wear?

    What type of foot gear?

    Anyone have any advice?

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Re: First Time Mt. Washington Hiker Looking For Advice.

    first let me say that i don't want to put you off this hike.

    but, hiking a mile or two does not compare to the work that your body is going to do getting you to the summit and back on a clear windless day.
    throw in rain and wind and you will be working even harder.
    be sure of what your body can do and be ready to hobble off the mountain with a turned ankle, shit happens.
    bring warm clothes even in the summer.
    bring what you need as long as it weighs less then 15 pounds, that works for me anyway and includes overnight provisions.
    ounces=pounds, pounds=pain.
    i wear the lightest hikers with the best traction i can find, usually Merrils.
    same with your clothes, light weight/quick dying is best but my best friend insists on hiking in jeans and a cotton hoody, that works for him.
    my advice would be to make the climb with someone who has experience until you have your own.
    good luck, you won't regret getting to the summit of Washington.
    don't overlook Franconia Ridge as your first long hike, it is a dandy.

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