Ascent of Mount Adams on 2017-09-10

Climber: Scott Dresser

Date:Sunday, September 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5799 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

Up early at 4a with a plan to hike Adams and possibly Madison depending on the weather. Higher summits forecast promised a cloudy start with a nice finish. Arrived at the Appalachia trailhead by 7a. Hiked up the Air Line and ran into clouds just as I came into the open on the ridge. Thicker clouds caused me to rethink my plans and to divert over to Madison Spring Hut and find the nearby geocache. 2:20hrs to the geocache and at about 2:50hrs I was at the hut. Made the decision to instead make the long walk to Jefferson hoping it would clear by the time I got there and finish on Adams. Hiked up the Gulfside trail mainly in the clouds although it wasn't wet there were not many views. Arrived at Jefferson around 12:39 (5:20hrs) and found the nearby earthcache, again hoping for some views but did not get much.

On the way back from Jefferson to Adams I got a few views of the Great Gulf and Washington in between clouds, but mainly clouds and a growing wind. Hiked the Israel Ridge Trail up Adams arriving around 3pm. Winds were 40mph and visibiliy was less than 100'. Originally I wanted to go down the Star Lake trail, but because of limited visibility and the fact that there were other parties on the Air Line I walked down that way. Once I got back to the Gulfside Trail it was lifting and I started to get nice views of the Hut with Madison in the clear. Decided to walk down to the hut and then out to Star Lake to check out the view. Turned out to be a good decision because the views to Washington with Wildcat and Carter Dome were very nice. Even Adams cleared out for a few seconds, but was mainly in the clouds.

Around 4:15p I started the decent down Valley Way. the last 3.5miles down Valley Way seemed to go on forever but I made it safely back to the car just as the sun was starting to set at 6:30p (actually saw the sunset on the drive back).

Total stats for the day:
13.14 miles
11:16 hours (book time should have been around 10hrs)
6882' elevation gain
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1464 ft / 445 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5043 ft / 1536 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Top of Adams in 40F's and 40mph winds. Below 5000' it was nearly clear in the 50Fs
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1036 ft / 315 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 893 ft / 272 m; Extra: 143 ft / 43m
    Loss on way in:143 ft / 43 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Gulfside Trail, Israel Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Edmands Col  4906 ft / 1495 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4900 ft / 1493 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4472 ft / 1363 m; Extra: 428 ft / 130m
    Gain on way out:428 ft / 130 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    End Trailhead:1327 ft / 404 m
    Time:3 Hours 33 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Jefferson and Adams

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Jefferson2017-09-105393 ft / 1644 m
2Mount Adams2017-09-101464 ft / 446 m
Total Trip Gain: 6857 ft / 2090 m    Total Trip Loss: 6882 ft / 2098 m
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