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Old 09-19-2013, 08:20 AM   #1
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Too late for Mount Washington?

Changed jobs, the MTA changed subway lines, so now I'm packed like a sardine on the way to work. I gotta get out!

Is it too cold to ride to the 6k foot peak? I have heated grips, will install handguards. I've ridden 10 miles through brooklyn to work when it was near the 20s, but that was at most 40 minutes.

Plus, this is a bit last minute, wonder if I should leave it for next summer so that I could enjoy it more, and not just high-tail it out of there because it's too cold and windy.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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According to there web site it is 54 with 18 mph winds. Sounds balmy.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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That's not too bad, but the way temps have dropped, it might be 42 by the weekend lol But it looks alright for the weekend too. It will be a matter of my responsibilities whether I'll go then, I guess.
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:20 PM   #4
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Mt. Washington

Not if you like snow! Yesterday morning it was 35-degrees with frost warnings and I'm 4000-feet lower and 400 miles south of Mt. Washington. The Adirondacks are iffy this time of year. Don't ask how I know.
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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I rode my KLR650 to the top October 8th last year. The weather at the top of the mountain doesn't seem to have any correlation with the weather at the bottom although it is probably worse at the top. It was beautiful fall day with partly cloudy sky at the bottom. The top was a totally fogged in with strong winds.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:39 AM   #6
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It's totally hit or miss. I'd say just do it and see what happens! I used to climb it in march every year, and we had about a 50% success rate at reaching summit. The weather changes hourly some days. It will be fun even if you don't make it! Just head back to town and trade your war stories of your summit attempt with a couple of birds or foxes over a few drinks.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:28 AM   #7
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I just spent a cpl days riding that area. Two days ago when it was supposedly raining and awful they let me ride up. Went back yesterday and they wouldnt let me up at all and guided tours were only going halfway due to ice. I second giving it a shot if your in the AO. If the fun burglar isnt at the gate you might get lucky.

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:37 AM   #8
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fuck it, go for it. YOLO.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:35 PM   #9
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i did it last Sunday.Foggy and cold upthere but not unbearable
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:19 PM   #10
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I'm going next Thursday. Fingers crossed!

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:28 PM   #11
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First snow fell up there last night. Hurry.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:25 PM   #12
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Might be better not to hurry. As of tonight's news the Auto Road and Cog Railway are closed due to ice. They expect both to open back up in a few days, probably will remain open through leaf peeping season as weather allows.

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Old 11-02-2013, 12:31 PM   #14
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Ended up riding around the Lake George and Catskills instead, and not too upset that I did. Beautiful areas.

The weather was all gray and overcast on Friday, my waterproof TCX boots had a busted zipper so I had to wear my perforated Alpinestars race boots, my chain was probably past stretch limit and my rear brake pads rivaled two sheets of paper in thickness, so too many things conspiring against me.
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