High on the mountain, above tree line, carins like these show the way. They are close together because whiteout conditions are not all that uncommon making it easy to get lost. The White Mountains have claimed many lives because people lost their way and were subject to some of the harshest weather in the US.
Along the Appalachian Trail, a carin marks the way and a whisp of cloud pokes up from King Ravine on the left.
Madison Spring Hut, at the base of Mt. Madison as seen from the slope up to Mt. Adams.
From the summit of Mt. Jefferson (5,716') looking to the towers of Mt. Washington (6,288'), my goal for the day (half way mark, really).
Off to Mt. Washington for the day. It's six miles away along the ridgeline. This big sign says I'm entering an area that has the worst weather in America. Many have died there due to exposure and I should turn back now if the weather is bad. Looks good... we move on.
From Mt. Jefferson, looking back the way I came, Mt. Adams on the right.
Working my way up the slope of Mt. Washington, looking back: Mt. Adams (5,585') in the middle and Mt. Madison (5,366') on the right.
The folks gathering at the sumit of Mt. Washington for their hero shot.
Deer Hair Grass on Mt. Clay.
Back to Monticello Lawn, following the Carins towards Mt. Adams poking up.
Another good chunk of quartz... again, Mt. Adams in the background... and some grey clouds overhead. Yikes.
Moss rock on Randolph Path, just below the Pentadoi.
Star Lake, Mt. Madison and a jutt of rock protruding from Mt. Adams as I climb.
Nice light on a sea of stunted fir with rock islands and the dark Great Gulf Wilderness in the background.
From the Adams summit, Mt. Madison, Star Lake, Randolph, Gorham, Berlin and the recently climbed King Ravine tucked in way down to the left (out of view).
Back down from Adams to the huge carin at Thunderstorm Junction.
Mt. Jefferson as seen from Gulfside Trail (AT) behind Sam Adams (on right).
Taken while working as the Caretaker for Gray Knob Cabin for the Randolph Mountain Club (RMC) on the north slope of the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The Rock garden at Edmond's Col between Mt. Adams and Mt. Jefferson
Looking back at Mt. Adams from Monticello Lawn.
Looking up to the momentarily clear summit of Mt. Jefferson from the southwest side. The patches of cloud you see on the sides of the frame were whipping across my view.
Looking back after crossing the rock field that is the western slope of Mt. Jefferson. Do you see a trai? I don't. Just follow the carins.
Descending back down to Edmond's Col and dropping back out of the overcast sky.
Climbing up Lowes Path under patchy clouds speckling the landscape across the valley.
From Grey Knob, New Hampshire