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 questions about AT in white mountians 
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Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:30 pm
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 questions about AT in white mountians
My name is Jake I am a student at U of S carolina, and i hike the AT in the summers. I am fairly experanced and i am in good shape. I am also causious abou severe weather, I have done most of my hiking duing good times of the year ie may through july. From what I have read is seams that the weather in this section can be dangerous in early may. I am planing 1 to 2 week trip, I am looking for tips on severe weather, ie clothing (parka needed?) and other things that a fairweather hiker does not think about.
thank you jake

Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:55 pm
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Hi Jake,

Welcome to! Glad to see you are educating yourself on the weather in NH, it can get very nasty very quickly. I like to tell people about the guy who died on Mt. Madison in a freak snowstorm - in August. It's a weird area for sure.

In May, you'll find snow at the higher summits, so it's best to plan for that. I'll see if I can find some photos from our hike up Whiteface in late May- they show us punching through 3 feet of snow. I would say at a minimum you would want to pack clothes for a normal summer hike (like we mention <a href="">here</a>) plus most of your winter hiking essentials: gloves, long underwear, non-cotton shirts, shell with hood (not necessarily a parka, but layered fleece and waterproof shell), snowshoes (crampons shouldn't be needed), and maybe even a balaclava. Basically, you need to be aware of the forecast, and plan on packing for both warm and cold weather.

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Thu Mar 24, 2005 5:10 pm
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With the spring rains and freezing nights there is always the need to bring snowshoes to prevent postholing and 6, 10, or 12 (I use 12pt Grivel) point crampons for the ice that possibly lasts into the beginning of June, especially on many north facing sections. I'd rather bring crampons and extra warm clothes and not need them. There were icy sections on Mt Madison today with plenty of snow that'll change to ice in the coming weeks.

Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:07 pm
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