Ascent of Mount Monroe on 2014-02-08

Climber: Michael Berger

Others in Party:Richard Bedard -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Brian Platt
Date:Saturday, February 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Monroe
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5372 ft / 1637 m

Ascent Trip Report

Monroe was my first 4000'er ever and it now becomes my first winter above-the-tree-line 4000'er. Hiked with Dick and Brian today. The hike started out at the winter parking near the Mt. Washington Cog railway. Temperature was in the single digits for almost the entire hike but the winds were dead calm below tree-line making for a comfy hike up and down. The entire Ammo was nicely broken out making it fairly easy going. The steep areas above Gem Pool were fairly easy with a good cover of packed snow over all of even the steepest terrain. This, thankfully also made the descent uneventful. We were all very appreciative of the shelter at LOTC hut (thanks AMC!) and we used it as a staging area to change into and out of our above-the-tree-line gear for the final short hike to Monroe. It was an adventure with stiff winds burning any exposed skin. Visibility was about 100' making navigation to the peak a guessing game at times. Monroe is not particularly prominent so we depended a lot on our GPS and my memory of a summer ascent several years ago to tell us when we had made it. Back to the shelter to change back into below-the-tree-line and then a quick descent back to the car. Great hike as always with this gang.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Ammo - Crawford Path
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:

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