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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2014-01-04

Climber: Mike Berger

Others in Party:Richard Bedard
Date:Saturday, January 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

With the forecast for -20'ish in the Whites, I was in no mood for hiking in that kind of cold. Instead, I invited Dick Bedard to go do a "stay in shape" hike uo Monadnock this afternoon when it "warmed up" a bit. We decided to do one of my favorites - the Dublin Trail. I had forgotten that the road to the trailhead is not maintained in winter. When we got there, the road still had about 8" of snow on it. Luckily, a few cars had driven through and I was able to follow their tracks to the unplowed parking lot with little problem. I almost got stuck in the parking lot a few times.

Temps at the start was in the low teens, but with no wind that's a comfortable hiking temp. With 8" of new snow, it was time to break out the snowshoes for the first time this year. The trail was a little broken out, but not by anyone with snowshoes. I was glad I had them - wouldn't want to do it with microspikes today.

It was a great hike with so much white all over. Really very pleasant. Until we came to withing about 1/4 mile of the top when we came out into the wind. We also changed from snowshoes to crampons for that last open stretch. It was pretty stiff wind with temps probably down in the single digits. We spent less than a minute on the summit - a couple pix then down. Changed back into our snowshoes and hiked out with the sun setting and putting great warm light filtered through the trees onto the trail. Fantastic.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Dublin Trail
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons



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