Ascent of Mount Washington on 2016-11-19

Climber: Nicholas Daniel

Others in Party:Church
Date:Saturday, November 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washington
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6288 ft / 1916 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had been planning on doing the presidential traverse for quite some time, possibly a 2 or 3 day trip, but this plan ended up turning into a plan for a single day Nov traverse
We took off friday afternoon, dropped our south car at the AMC Highland center, then drove north and at a friends' place. We arrived at the Appalachia trailhead early morning and got an alpine start, hitting the trail at 02:30, a little later than our planned 2am start as we wanted to do the extended presi with all of the additional summits.
We struck gold and had a PERFECT day, 30 degree temps to start in the dark and then a cloudless, sunny, windless day in the 45-55 degree range on the summit - almost impossible in November. We hit some mild winds as night fell, but still great weather. We ended up taking longer than expected as we should have taken the Watson trail off of valley way to cut 30-60 min off our backtracking to get to Madison summit. Plus, we took ample breaks, having some Jack Daniel's on Mt Adams summit with some guys we met and celebratory Fireball shots on washington. Really wanted to hit up Jackson and Webster, however it was getting too late and I needed to drive 3.5 hours back home for work in the morning.

02:32 - Appalachia TH
05:21 - Madison Hut (via Valley way trail)
05:51 - Mt Madison summit
06:29 - Madison Hut
07:14 - John Quincy Adams summit
07:58 - Mt Adams summit
09:02 - Adams 5 summit
10:06 - Mt Jefferson summit
10:44 - Monticello Lawn Peak
11:46 - Mt Clay summit
11:56 - Mt Clay South Peak summit
12:55 - Great Gulf Wilderness HP
12:59 - White mountain national forest HP
13:13 - Mt Washington summit
15:09 - Lake of the Clouds (refilled water in lake)
15:37 - Mt Monroe summit
15:50 - Mt Monroe West peak summit
16:10 - Mt Franklin summit
17:09 - Mt Eisenhower summit (got dark just before this)
18:11 - Mt Pierce summit
20:40 - TH at AMC Highland center

Total 18 hr 8 min
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Presi

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Madison2016-11-19 
2John Quincy Adams2016-11-19 
3Mount Adams2016-11-19 
4Adams 52016-11-19 
5Mount Jefferson2016-11-19 
6Monticello Lawn Peak2016-11-19 
7Mount Clay2016-11-19 
8Mount Clay-South Peak2016-11-19 
9Great Gulf Wilderness High Point2016-11-19 
10White Mountain National Forest High Point2016-11-19 
11Mount Washington2016-11-19 
12Mount Monroe2016-11-19 
13Mount Monroe-West Peak2016-11-19 
14Mount Franklin2016-11-19 
15Mount Eisenhower2016-11-19 
16Mount Pierce2016-11-19 

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