Ascent of Grand Monadnock in 2011-05
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||3150 ft / 960 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWent on a very busy holiday weekend so we avoided "the highway" of the White Dot Trail and rather opted to go around and connect to Spellman. This was a great hike, and since we only passed four other hikers on the way up we also were able to catch lots of wildlife-- at one point, we were standing arms' length from a doe.
Since this was a late-spring ascent after a few weeks of rain, what I didn't prepare for was that the trail would be covered in tons of mud which would then make the rock climbing part of the trail hard. There were parts when getting a foot hold was pretty difficult and I'd find myself sliding down the rock face. I had a few falls, but luckily it was nothing too bad. I plan on trying again with my climbing shoes.
Going down we chose the Red Spot, which was slightly less slippery but there were a TON of kids on the ascent running along the rocks pushing each other (and other hikers) out of the way. I was doing a fine enough job falling on my own, I didn't need people's kids helping me out. It was my only complaint of the day, so I guess I left the day ahead of the game.
Lesson learned? This will always be an old favorite, but it's REALLY populated with novice climbers who aren't necessarily practicing good etiquette on holiday weekends. I'll stick to mid-week hikes of Monadnock.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Overcast|
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