Ascent of Mount Madison on 2013-06-01

Climber: Shelley Cheng

Date:Saturday, June 1, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Madison
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5366 ft / 1635 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a failed attempt at Presidential Traverse, failed due to a perfect recipe of bad timing, forgetting crucial gear (raingear and sunshades, among others), and failure to exercise for a few weeks. I was therefore rather tired after the grueling start up the summit of Madison, and subsequently blazed along the Gulfside Trail without bothering to summit any of the peaks. While bypassing the summit of Washington, the rain came down, and I made it to the Lakes of the Clouds Hut rather soaked. The next day the hut staff informed us that the storm was about to break, so we opted to retreat down the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail (an icy challenge without microspikes despite it being June) and come back another time.
The Lakes of the Clouds Hut was the one saving grace of this poorly-planned expedition. The staff was wonderful, the food delicious, and its location--right on the banks of ethereal lakes that reflected the blue sky and watered the green shrubs and lichen in the midst of a bleak and rocky landscape--was the stuff of songs.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Valley Way - Watson Path
    Trailhead:Appalachia Parking  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Trailhead:AMC Madison Spring Hut  
Ascent Part of Trip: 2013 Presidential Traverse (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Madison2013-06-01
2Mount Washington-AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut2013-06-01

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