Ascent to Mount Jefferson-Edmands Col Cutoff on 2011-06-18

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 18, 2011
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Mount Jefferson - Edmands Col Cutoff
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4151 ft / 1265 m

Ascent Trip Report

The goal for this trip was to climb the Six husbands trail. Started saturday evening and hiked through the night. The trail was long but easy from Rt 16 to the beginning of Six Husbands.

The steep section of Six Husbands I started up around midnight. It was steep, but certainly not as extreme as the descriptions online let on. There was only one difficult section just above the ladders, it was exposed and at midnight with a bright moon, it was alot of fun. The fun ended too soon though and I was at the top before I knew it. I decided to take the Edmands Col cutoff trail instead of going for Jefferson's summit. The cutoff trail was very cool at night as there was just enough light to see Jefferson Ravine. No good for pictures, but cool to see.

The trek across Edmands Col the way around Adams sucked as it was blowing, chilly, and I was pretty tired. Night solo hiking always seems to involve a little bit of self loathing, and that kicked in here. You start getting tired and realize that you have been up for a long time and should be sleeping instead. Anyway, I finally got to the Madison hut and took a break to fill up on water and get a snack. I decided to take the Parapet trail around Madison instead of going over the top, and that was a mistake. Parapet trail sucks, it's just one rock slide after another that you have to cross. It was a long morning taking Parapet to the Osgood path, which also felt longer than it was.

The sun rose just as I was getting back to the parking lot. Fun hike, with a little self loathing. Good times.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3790 ft / 1155 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3790 ft / 1155 m
    Extra Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.2 km
    Route:Six Husbands Trail
    Trailhead:Rt 16  1361 ft / 414 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Six Husbands June2011

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Jefferson-Edmands Col Cutoff2011-06-18 a
2Mount Adams-Gulfside Trail2011-06-19 b
3Mount Madison-Madison Hut2011-06-19 c
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matthew Nelson
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