Ascent of Mount Adams on 2012-01-28

Climber: John N

Others in Party:Cullen
Date:Saturday, January 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5799 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful clear January day. Hit the trail from Appalachia with Cullen at about 9:30AM. It was a quick and relatively easy hike up to the treeline via the Airline trail. I was on snowshoes most of the way, but the snow was not only 4-5" deep with knee deep drifts in places. At the treeline I switched over to microspikes for the remainder of the hike, up and down. Soon after reaching the treeline we encountered a group on their way down who told us there was some weather rolling in so we better get off of the summit cone quickly. We continued up as there was no evidence of any weather. The snow here was windblown ice and patchy snow drifts. The hiking up the summit cone became more and more difficult and I struggled to summit, the last half mile was the most difficult I have done. The views of Mount Washington and Wildcat from the summit were excellent. We came back down and cut across to the Madison Hut. I sat down and had some lunch and enjoyed the weather, while Cullen summited Madison. Half an hour later we were back on the trail and decended quickly via Valley way. Valley way had much more powdery snow that was a few inches deeper than that we had encountered on Airline. We finished up at about 330. Excellent trail m aintenance
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4569 ft / 1391 m
    Elevation Loss:4569 ft / 1391 m
    Distance:9.1 mi / 14.7 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Sunny & Clear 30 F
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4537 ft / 1382 m
    Extra Loss:44 ft / 13 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Airline Trail
    Trailhead:Appalachia  1306 ft / 398 m
    Time Up:0 Days 4 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4525 ft / 1378 m
    Extra Gain:32 ft / 9 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Airline > Upper Bruin > Valley Way
    Trailhead:Appalachia  1306 ft / 398 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 0 Minutes

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