Date of Hike: February 2, 2014

Trail Conditions: All trails had a couple of inches of new snow, but by day's end it was mostly packed out. No blowdowns. The rope up the "Hillary Step" on the Lion Head steeps was in place in the morning, but was gone by the afternoon. Snow is slowly getting deeper above treeline, and the slab is really building.

Special Equipment Used: We brought trekking poles, ice axes, crampons, even a rope. We used it all. Snowshoes were not really needed, though they could be used quite comfortably and would help with traction up the TRT and some LH sections.

Comments: Hiked this one as lead for my work. Great group, fun times, exciting conditions (seems to be the norm).

Mike "Tramper" Cherim
North Conway NH