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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2011-03-26

Climber: Brian Lamarsh

Others in Party:Mark
Date:Saturday, March 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

After about 19 years not hiking this mountain I decided to try it again with Mark.

For years I had a sour taste in climbing the mountain because of the experience of hundreds of crowded hikers and observing a woman in a dress and high heals balling her eyes out on the summit as, who I would guess, her controlling husband stood by in silence dressed in a suite, tie, and penny loafers watching her.

Avoid the summer crowds! An off season hike redeemed my feelings towards this most hiked summit in the United States. There were only about a dozen hiking parties which I had seen and most appeared to be prepared and aware of safe winter condition hiking. With the limited human interaction I was easily able to enjoy the nature and solitude of the mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1772 ft / 540 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Brisk, windy summit (35mph sustained), snow squalls visible
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1772 ft / 540 m
    Route:White Dot Trail
    Trailhead:Ranger station  1378 ft / 420 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:White Cross Trail
    Trailhead:Ranger Station  



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