Ascent of Mount Madison on 2007-06-05

Climber: Mark Ingersoll

Others in Party:My friend Dave from NY and his Rottie
Date:Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Madison
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5366 ft / 1635 m

Ascent Trip Report

We got to Pinkham Notch in a heavy downpour. We repacked our gear in their downstairs and drove to the parking lot/trailhead at the wirerope bridge and made the quick 2.5 mile hike to the tent campsites near the Madison Gulf trail and stayed overnight. Next morning, we left the tent & tarp standing and packed the rest to summit Madison. This was, without equal, the hardest summit I've climbed. It was the ultimate UP! we ate lunch atop that HUGE boulder by the trail just before treeline and got amazing pics of where we "thought" we were headed. Turned out, every "cap" was another false summit. We closed to within a half mile of the summit and a storm came from the area of Gorham so we made the decision to turn around :-( We got about a hundred yards away when the storm began to blow in the opposite direction, so once more we turned towards Madison. After what seemed an eternity, we summitted in some of the fiercest wind I have ever encountered. we stayed on the summitt for about a half hour enjoying the view when we saw ominous clouds coming from Washington and Jefferson. Leaving the Summitt I vowed I would be back. By the time we reached our tents the sky was dark so we packed up everything and sat under the tarp in the rain. Once it began to subside we packed the tarp and hiked back to the car, wet and exhausted, but grinning from ear to ear.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Clear turning to rain by late day of summit

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