Story By: Clay East (Publicist/Fundraiser OSU Mountaineers)
Most would think that spending 35 hours in a car, hanging out in -50F degree weather, and eating only fast food and energy bars over MLK Weekend isn’t ideal, but that’s what many Ohio State Uuniversity Mountaineers look forward to early in the school year. The OSU MountaineersClub is a student run organization and the lead outdoor enthusiast club on campus. We have over 150 members and enjoy everything in the outdoors from mountaineering to whitewater rafting. Our trips span across the country and have ranged from a few members to trips including over 80 people.
Over MLK weekend, the OSU Mountaineers made their annual trip to Mt. Washington, taking 16 eager club members. After weeks of gear preparation and trying to lose those few extra pounds put on during the holidays, we made the always epic Journey to New Hampshire all the way from Columbus, Ohio to conquer Mt. Washington.
|The long and snwoy road to New Hampshire|
|Preparing near the trailhead|
|Hiking to the shelters|
After unloading, checking gear, and stuffing our backpacks, we took off to hike up to the Hermit Lake Shelters where we would be spending the night in a frigid -16F.
|Near Hermit Lake Shelters|
Early Bird gets the summit. We woke at 4:30am, a time many of us would normally be going to sleep back at school. As we crawled out of our semi-warm sleeping bags into the thin cold air, it was a reminder that we were in for an epic adventure that day. After eating a quick breakfast, for many of us consisting of energy bars and candy, we got ready for the summit push. It proved difficult the night before to boil water in the freezing cold so none of us would be enjoying a warm breakfast or a warm drink that morning. We took off from the Hermit Lake shelters around 7:00am, and after a few crampon and layering adjustments, we were already staring at the edge of the tree line.
|Near the summit of Mount Washington|
|Dinner at the Muddy Moose|
|A long ride home|
A special thanks to Francesca McLin, Brian Fisher, and David Barker for organizing and leading this trip.