Harvard Cabin a mountaineer’s shelter.

The front steps and wood pile of Harvard Cabin. Mount Washington , New Hampshire The gas stove at the Harvard Cabin has seen many pots of water, and I'm sure many more interesting foods cooked upon it. Clothespins and line strung along the ceiling awaiting sweaty socks and ratty long underwear. Mount Washington , New Hampshire photograph of Harvard Cabin during the off season.  Mount Washington , New Hampshire photograph of Harvard Cabin during the off season.  Mount Washington , New Hampshire photograph of Harvard Cabin during the off season.  Mount Washington , New Hampshire photograph of Harvard Cabin during the off season.  Mount Washington , New Hampshire photograph of Harvard Cabin during the off season.  Mount Washington , New Hampshire photograph of Harvard Cabin during the off season.  Mount Washington , New Hampshire

Harvard Mountaineering Club was founded in 1924, the Harvard cabin that exists now is actually the second one built on the eastern flanks of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. The first was located near “Windy Corner” on the Sherburne ski trail. The current shelter was built in the 50’s or 60’s at it’s present location.

Over the years I’ve spent many early mornings in the cabin, shoulder to shoulder with climbers and skiers heading out for the day. Those winter mornings haven’t changed much over the years, not as much wool knickers and lots more gore-tex and nylon being packed up or put on. Once the longer spring days start showing up the crowds migrate towards Tuckerman Ravine and it’s fields of corn snow. Soon after Huntington Ravine becomes an afterthought. Mid April rolls around and the cabin gets pretty desolate, eventually shutters for the off-season – summer.

I pulled together a few photographs for a slideshow that was shot during the “off-season”, a quit look at the cabin that so many have called home for the night.

 

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