Ascent of Mount Madison on 2012-01-22

Climber: Karine Thate

Date:Sunday, January 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Madison
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5366 ft / 1635 m

Ascent Trip Report

Perfect day for Presi Traverse! We'd been waiting all winter for this forecast and it came - sunny, blue skies, light winds, relatively warm. Perfect for miles above treeline. Started the day very cold though -7F at the trailhead at 4:30. Made it to Madison by sunrise. (The Madison hut moose is still there!). Wore microspikes until Adams then snowshoes the rest of the way. Trail below jefferson was a mess and led us through deep snow and thick snow - after that we just made our way trail sticking to the snowfields where it wasn't broken out. Great going all the rest of the way - and nice deep snow for snowshoeing from Eisenhower on to Jackson. Made it to Jackson with the last of the sunset and then down and out in the dark. At 302 by 6:30. Long day - but so glad to have done the whole traverse!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:9566 ft / 2915 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:9566 ft / 2915 m
    Extra Loss:5500 ft / 1676 m
    Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Route:Valley Way
    Trailhead:Appalachia  1300 ft / 396 m
Descent Statistics

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