Why not, indeed, when the weather is perfect and you can scrounge up good hiking buddies in less than a day?
This was a reconnaissance hike to check out the site of the Venture's annual Valentine's Day Mountaineering Trip. "After two years up Mt. Washington, including the now infamous "Mere Mortals" summit conquest in '09, it's time to challenge these young dudes in other ways," said exhausted Scoutmaster Carr. "They're good, but frankly, this is a tougher 3 miles up than the hike to Hermit Lake."
The route down from Jim Liberty Cabin on the Liberty Trail was more manageable, and will likely be the route up in February. Mr. Carr is now working on options for day 2, which may include a hike out on Champney Falls trail and intro to ice climbing... if the boys aren't too tired.
Stay tuned for the first and only shakedown hike on Sunday, January 24. The Chocorua trip is scheduled for the first weekend of February break.