Ascent of Mount Madison on 2011-04-09

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Saturday, April 9, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Madison
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5366 ft / 1635 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our first Spring time mountain peak!
What a gorgeous day and wonderful experience!
We (Gudi, Kaekae and I) Went up the Valley Way (the plan was to go veer off and do the Watson Path, but the snow was a bit deeper and the trail a bit more difficult to follow) to the Madison Hut.
We choose to use micro-spikes, which for the most part was a good choice. Just before reaching tree line, the snow was still fluffy and they didn't do as well so it slowed us down a bit.

They were working on the Madison Hut, it sure is looking good.
After a short break, Kaekae and I headed out for the last (very windy and exposed) 500 meters to the peak. Lots of ice to traverse and with the wind (30-40MPH) it made a slow and tricky trip.
It was even more tricky on the way down!

With crystal clear blue skies, this was a great day to be on top!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4050 ft / 1234 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Cystal Clear Blue Sky
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4050 ft / 1234 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route:Valley Way
    Trailhead:Appalachia Parking  1316 ft / 401 m
    Time Up:7 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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