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Ascent of Mount Monroe on 2009-09-05

Climber: Michael Petcher

Date:Saturday, September 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Monroe
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5372 ft / 1637 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jammo my Ammo, gimme back my bullets....9/5/2009

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Mt Monroe, Franklin, via Jammo trail, Mt Monroe loop, Crawford path

Date: 9/5/09

Participants: Just me, myself and Irene

Trail Conditions: All trails dry, no special equipment needed other than sunscreen.

Commentary: I haven't been out on the trails in 6 weeks. Sidelined with primarily knee issues. My left knee inflated weeks ago and would not go down with conventional means. So, a trip to the ortho doc was needed. 60 cc's of fluid drained, a cortisone shot, x-rays, and a subsequent MRI revealed a badly torn medial meniscus. So, I need to get it scoped in the next couple months and take it easy. But this is one my favorite times of the year to hike. Cool temps, clear skies, no bugs.....and a beautiful Labor day weekend forecast- I felt the need to get above tree line real bad, regardless of the pain. The mountains were calling me. Hell or high water I was going up.......Crazy Bob had house guests for the weekend, so a solo hike was in order. A little solitude is not a bad thing.
Mt Monroe is the last of the Presi-range peaks to check off my 4k list. So figured I'd take a short hike to test the knee. Started out on the Ammo trail. I have only been on this trail once before in the winter with very little hiking traffic. But a pleasant holiday weekend forecast means lots of hikers - I've renamed the Ammo trail to the Jammo trail. Left the parking lot 8:10am and began the hike. The Presi's were primarily in the clouds, but the forecast called for clear conditions. The Jammo trail was in great shape. A very picturesque journey with beautiful waterfalls and pools. Passed some hikers on the way up but nothing too crazy. The clouds began to burn off and by the time I hit the Lakes of the Clouds Hut about 10am, the peaks were in the clear. My knee was feeling ok, so I decided to continue up to Monroe and take a break up top. The NW winds started whipping up pretty good, so I threw on a wind breaker on the way up. Got up to the top on Monroe and got behind some rocks and took in some views. A great day with peaks as far as the eye could see. I hung out here for a while just taking it all in. The Franconia Range, Carrigain, .....everything in clear view. The original plan was to tag Monroe and just double back. I thought about continuing down the Crawford path and hoofing a ride back to my car. But, after much debate I struck a compromise with myself and decided to head over to Franklin, and then take the Crawford Path back around to the Lakes Hut, then back down the Jammo trail. So, off I went up over to Franklin along the Crawford Path. I've never been on the Crawford path without snow. The trail is quite a contrast to the Gulfside trail in the Northern peaks. On my way back around Monroe I ran into Bob and Geri, and MadRiver. We walked back to the Lakes hut to get out of the wind, and chatted a bit. It was good to see them again. They were looking to go up Washington and beyond. We parted ways and I headed down. Going down the Jammo trail at this time of day, about 11:30am, I felt like a salmon swimming upstream. When I really wanted to be a tuna. Tuna swim with the current, I think? I would have been better off laying around on the rocks for a few hours before heading down. I seem to be the only one heading down, and I lost track of how many were going up. But, I must have passed 50-75 hikers. I spent as much time standing on the side of the trail as I did hiking. So much for solitude. In any event, it was nice to see some very young kids move to the side of the trail as I descended. I complimented them on their hiking ettiquette. Back down at the car at 1:30pm. I good test for the knee, as I'm scheduled to help Joe, Salty, and Crazy Bob on Carter Dome next weekend for the Flags on the 48. It felt great to get above tree line again. It's an addiction that must be fed........

Stats: Around 8 miles, about 5 1/2 hours

Pictures:http://picasaweb.google.com/mpetcher
(Didn't have a real camera this trip, so had to use my cell phone- crappy pix)
Ascent List:http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/Cl....aspx?cid=1767
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NH 4k's: 27/48
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