Ascent of Mount Adams on 1975-08-07

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:John Slayden
Date:Thursday, August 7, 1975
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5799 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

My father and I hiked Mount Adams from Madison Spring Hut when I was eleven. Here is my journal excerpt, written within a few years of the trip:

It was raining and there was fog everywhere when we woke up. After eating breakfast, we sat around. By mid-morning Dad and I decided to try and get to the top of Mount Adams, despite the weather. We started up the Star Lake Trail to the top, thinking it only an hour hike. Sure enough, we reached the top of Adams in a drenching, windy, foggy storm in an hour. Crouched in a cleft, Dad tried in vain to light a cigarette. I don't know if he succeeded.

We decided to go back down, but couldn't find the trail, the same one we came up! With the fog confusing us, we went the wrong way, finding ourselves a good ways down the mountain with no trail!! Slogging through krummholz and rocks, we eventually sighted the trail, but had to bushwhack through fields of the gnarled dwarf shrubs (krummholz). We kept falling through, bruising ourselves. I seriously considered taking off my socks and using them as mittens, my hands were so cold. We finally reached the trail, and slogged into the hut still in relentless rain and fog.

We dried off, congratulated Glenn on his common sense in not accompanying us, and ate lunch.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:861 ft / 262 m
    Route:Star Lake Tr
    Trailhead:Madison Spring Hut  4938 ft / 1505 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 1975 - Presidentials (5 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Adams 51975-08-06 c
1Mount Pierce1975-08-04 a
2Mount Eisenhower1975-08-04 b
3Mount Monroe1975-08-04 c
4Mount Washington1975-08-05 a
5Boott Spur1975-08-05 b
6Mount Isolation1975-08-05 c
7Boott Spur1975-08-05 d
8Mount Clay1975-08-06 a
9Mount Jefferson1975-08-06 b
11Mount Adams1975-08-07 a
12Mount Madison1975-08-07 b

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