June 19, 2024


sights and trips

Soaking up a quiet Spring Solo Summit of Giant Mountain

Springtime is finally right here and that signifies beautiful and warm climbing weather is on the way. I went up this previous weekend to rejoice the coming of spring and was achieved with wintertime circumstances.

Hannah FinleySoaking up a quiet Spring Solo Summit of Giant Mountain

The sun rising above the nearby High Peaks. Photo: Hannah Finley

The sun climbing earlier mentioned the close by Higher Peaks. Photograph: Hannah Finley

At any time due to the fact I started out my Significant Peaks 46er journey, I have heard heaps of persons point out their winter season hikes on Huge Mountain. So, I made the decision to catch the finish of the Winter mountaineering season and summit Big. 

I hike a mile into the Ridge Trail off Route 73 and set up camp at the Big Washbowl. There is wind and snow in the course of the night time with temperatures dipping beneath 20 levels farenheit. I wake up the upcoming morning and there is an inch of new snow on my tent. I depart for the summit just right before 6 a.m. to consider and capture a glimpse of the sunrise on the way up. 

My tracks on the trail. Photo: Hannah Finley

My tracks on the trail. Photo: Hannah Finley

Frosted trees on the summit of Giant Mountain. Photo: Hannah Finley

Frosted trees on the summit of Big Mountain. Photo: Hannah Finley


Most of the Ridge Path is bare rock. So, in the winter season and spring this usually means that the rock is protected in a layer of ice and snow. This can make for a quite perilous hike.

Considering that I was not sure of the trail disorders I brought an ice axe, microspikes, crampons, and snowshoes to be organized for anything. All of this equipment is good for traction on slick trails. I also brought levels of clothing to continue to be heat as it will get colder and windier on the top of the mountain. 

The trail gets steep quickly immediately after I go the Washbowl. I go up many switchbacks, and ultimately make it to the exposed rock. This component of the trail is amazing. I can see the surrounding snow-included Higher Peaks. It is so tranquil that I can listen to the trees creaking in the wind. 

On the summit of Giant. Photo: Hannah Finley

On the summit of Huge. Picture: Hannah Finley

 One of the perks of wintertime hiking is that the trails are a lot less hectic than the summer season time. I am mountaineering by itself today and am the very first particular person to split the trail to the summit of Large. 

The past climb to the top is steep and I am glad I brought my ice axe alongside. I kick my microspikes into the trail and pitch the axe into the snow to pull myself up.

The summit is wonderful with frosted trees and a very clear morning sky. There is a reducing wind, so I stay extensive plenty of to munch on some snacks and snag some pics.

There is nothing quite like a vibrant spring morning on a mountain all by on your own.