Ascent of Mount Adams on 2013-11-16
|Others in Party:||Dan Quinlan|
|Date:||Saturday, November 16, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||5799 ft / 1767 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMt. Adams
40 degrees 9:15am
We are not sure how much snow is at the upper elevations, so we have our micro-spikes and snowshoes as we head up the Airline trail from the Appalachia parking area. The start of the hike was pretty much in wet leaves, which turned into some slush on the leaves and then into a bit of crusty snow, so we put on our micro spikes, which helps us from slipping. We carried our snowshoes on our backpacks, but at around 4,000 feet dad put his on and carried mine for me.
We popped out above treeline at around 12:00pm. It is amazing to see how big this area is once you can see so much above the trees. We are very lucky today, the sun has come out, and although they were predicting 20-30 mph winds, there is not even a slight breeze! The hike across all the rocks is a bit slow as they are sometimes covered in rime ice, but that makes for some gorgeous formations!
We reached the summit of Adams at 1:25pm. The sky was bright and blue and we were able to sit down and have a nice lunch and enjoy the views! We left the summit at 1:45pm. Before heading back into the trees we take a break just to enjoy the wonderful views one more time. We hit treeline at 2:50pm. The temperature has risen above freezing so a lot of the ice and snow that we hit this morning is now just slush or running water. We got back to the parking lot at 4:35pm, even before the sun went down – first time in a couple of weeks that we accomplished that!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4600 ft / 1402 m|
| Quality:||10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Crampons|
| Weather:||Cold, Calm, Clear|
Just gogeous blue skies
| Gain on way in:||4600 ft / 1402 m|
| Distance:||7.8 mi / 12.6 km|
| Route:||Airline, Gulfside, Adams Spur|
| Start Trailhead:||Appalachia 1199 ft / 365 m|
| Time:||7 Hours 20 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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