Ascent of Mount Franklin on 2012-08-25

Climber: Mike Guethle

Date:Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Franklin
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5000 ft / 1524 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a presi-traverse, starting at the web/jackson trail and heading north to the Howker Ridge trail. 21.7mi, 9841 vert.

It's a real steady ascent to Eisenhower, then gets real crazy after Washington. Adams is a raging butthead. In the past few years I've done the drop from Madison off of pretty much every trail around that hill, and if there's one thing I've learned, there is no good way. It took us roughly 15.5h to do the whole thing and finished the last 3 miles in the dark... thankfully it's still a few weeks before the moose rut. The only way we could have stayed shorter would be to take less time at Washington (get food there, don't carry it) or to be familiar with the map; I really pushed the limit with this one...

advise: boots for the boulders. If you're not familiar with the terrain, don't go. I think this my seventh or eighth trip to the presi range, and the only time it hasn't been windy, raining, snowing, or anything like that at any point in the day. It's a trip, and it's like any other mountains out here. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best, and accept whatever comes.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Presi Traverse (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Jackson2012-08-25 
2Mount Pierce2012-08-25 
3Mount Franklin2012-08-25 
4Mount Eisenhower2012-08-25 
5Mount Monroe2012-08-25 
6Mount Washington2012-08-25 
7Mount Clay2012-08-25 
8Mount Jefferson2012-08-25 
9Mount Adams2012-08-25 
10Mount Madison2012-08-25 

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