Ascent of Mount Adams on 2011-07-01

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Date:Friday, July 1, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5799 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

I have always had either Anne or Carl that were available for hiking but this past Friday I was the only one who could get the day off. It seemed like a good time to try my first solo hike. I know several of you on here do solo hikes so I’m curious what you like and dislike about it. I could see doing it every once in a while but not often. I guess I missed the company.

I got an early start from Cambridge, leaving just before 4am. Unfortunately, an accident on Route 93 had me sitting still for 45 minutes while emergency vehicles cleared the road and saw to the injured. Lucky for me, I was merely inconvenienced. I did not die like the crash victim:

Adams was my third 4000 footer and I had not been there since 2006. I wanted to check out Air Line and would take it all the way to the summit. I was also scouting it out for whenever Anne gets to Adams for her 48. I am pretty sure we will not do Air Line for her trip. I didn’t like it as I found it to be a boring trail before getting above treeline. It was also wet and muddy and brutal for steepness. It was a foggy day with no visibility so I wasn’t getting views of King’s Ravine no matter what route I took. The fog made it feel other-worldly. I made it to the summit in 3.5 hours where I bumped into the first people I would see all day. So I got my summit picture despite hiking solo-perfect! It was a group of four that was headed over to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. I hope their trip wasn’t too uncomfortable. It was cool and starting to rain with the rain picking up some. I was wearing a rain jacket, winter hat and waterproof gloves-nice summer day in the Presis!

My next stop was the newly-renovated Madison Hut. It has a larger dining area and kitchen now and the sleeping quarters seem to be larger too. It was a nice place to have lunch out of the rain and cold. I had considered going up Madison after lunch but it was raining still and that didn’t seem like it would be fun.

I headed down Valley Way with the idea of branching off and checking out some new routes. I took the Lower Bruin to Brookside. I absolutely love Brookside as it stays near the water and has some cool waterfalls. I took the Kelton and Inlook trails most of the way back to the trailhead. Kelton stays flat along a ridge for some easy, pleasant hiking along a non-rocky trail. The Inlook has a few nice rock slab clearings including Dome Rock that give you nice views of the valley and the peaks. I would not recommend going down Inlook if it is wet as the trail has smooth rock slabs that are slippery when wet. I know because I took a nice spill on one of them!

It was a good day. I got to try out solo hiking and as always taking a day off work to go hiking kicks ass.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4500 ft / 1372 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4500 ft / 1372 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Trailhead:1299 ft / 395 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km

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