Last year, I had made a plan with a couple of friends to travel to the home the of the “worlds worst weather”, Mt Washington in New Hampshire.   A bit of bad weather cancelled our travel plans at the last minute and we couldn’t manage to coordinate on another weekend to head up.  We promised ourselves we would find a way to get up there, even if it wasn’t that year.  Well, here we are in 2012 and me and my buddy Dave and I decided to take another stab at it this month.

This time, instead of relying on the airlines, which are more sensitive to inclement weather, we’re going to take the slower and more scenic means of travel, the train.    We’ll be heading on old Amtrak Northeast Regional on a Thursday evening and heading back on Sunday night.  It’ll take a lot longer than flying, but we’ll be able to read, watch movies and relax the whole way.  And since Amtrak offers free WiFi now, I may even be able to get some work done.

Since the hike up Mt Washington will only take about 8 hours and we’ll have 3 days to fill, we decided to take the opportunity to expand our climbing skills and take an ice climbing class through Synnott Mountain Guides on Friday. I’ve never done ice climbing before and I’m looking forward to the chance to learn something new.

We’re still hammering out the details, but we’re looking trying to get our summit hike/climb in on Saturday morning, which will leave us with the rest of the day and all day Sunday to do whatever we want.  Worst case scenario, if the weather is too bad on Saturday to make it to the top, we can try to do a summit attempt on Sunday morning and be back down in time to get on the train before it leaves.

I’m excited to have the first big adventure of 2012 only a couple of weeks away.  I’ll be sure to write up more about our itinerary, gear selection and, of course, a trip report when it’s all done.  Who knows, there might even be a video!

Have a great weekend and happy trails!