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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2010-10-02

Climber: Justin Crews

Others in Party:Matt Miller
Elissa Davidson
Date:Saturday, October 2, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

With a party of three hikers beginning at the white dot trail head at the base of Grand Monadnock set forth at 13:35 with temperatures in the upper 60F range. Followed white dot trail to Cascade Link due East and explored the cascades on either side of the trail. Trail led through cascades leading to slippery footing. Cascade was poorly marked but successful navigation was attempted and achieved. Trail was sparsely populated and trail markers on Cascade Link were faded and inconsistent. The views at the higher elevations of Cascade Link made the effort of nearly losing the trail worthwhile. Brightly colored red and yellow petioles adorned the foliage landscape as far as the eye could see. The higher elevations of the trail were more clearly marked and covered with all varieties of lichen. Cascade Link merged into Pumpelly Trail and party proceeded due West toward the summit of Mt. Monadnock. Pumpelly was clearly marked with cairns and the trail ascended over large boulders. Stopped to eat lunch on the boulders of Pumpelly trail at 15:30. Views were astonishing for the lunch break and for the majority of the hike. A strong smelling species of spruce tree was observed and investigated just below the tree line. Summit of Monadnock was reached at 16:52. Descended by white dot trail and white cross trail. White Cross trail was a challenging descent due to very slippery footing found on wet boulders. Descent was reached at 18:52 under the cover of darkness.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant



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