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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2010-12-23

Climber: Christopher Simpson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, December 23, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1800 ft / 548 m

Ascent Trip Report

4-5" of snow last night over a VERY icy trail.
Left a bit late this morning, heading up Halfway House Trail to connect with (and summit by) White Arrow Trail.
About a 3rd of the way up White Arrow however, one of my crampons broke...a Yaktrax XTR, at the chain.
Conditions being what they were, I decided to turn back after a 5 minute deliberation...just too icy. Plus, the ice was covered with snow, so you could never tell what you were standing on.
Disappointing. It was a gorgeous day to hike. Perfect conditions.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:442 ft / 135 m
    Route:Halfway House to White Arrow
    Trailhead:1358 ft / 413 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds



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