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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2011-12-23

Climber: Christopher Simpson

Date:Friday, December 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2700 ft / 822 m

Ascent Trip Report

2nd year in a row I didn't get to the top on my birthday.
The night before a storm came through and there was about an inch of snow at the trailhead and everything was very muddy. As I got to the top however, that inch had grown to 6. Mud was turning to ice, and i was the first person to use the trail since the weather. As a result, my crampons were useless as there was no pack. It was very slippery however because of the snow, ice, and mud beneath the snow.
As i got about treeline, the summit socked in with clouds. Since I could no longer determine if I was on trail or not, I was alone, and I couldn't even see the summit to get a sense of what direction to go, I turned around.
Coming down was treacherous.
Maybe next year.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1215 ft / 370 m
    Route:Dublin Trail
    Trailhead:1485 ft / 452 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds



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