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Ascent of Grand Monadnock on 2014-05-10

Climber: Mike Berger

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grand Monadnock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

Early morning hike up Monadnock this morning. Took my usual Pumpelly Trail up and back. It was raining this morning, but I needed to get up a mountain after a week of hiking in the FLatlands. At the top, it was very windy which made the rain painful and it was socked in with visibility not much more than 75'. It's the first mountain hike of the season where I didn't need winter traction. But with wet lichen-covers rock you find at the top of Monadnock, it was more slippery today than any of the worse winter days I hike since I always wear good traction in winter. I went down hard on solid rock a few times today and I still have a very sore arm where I landed elbow first on one slip. I love everything about winter hiking except the cold - I have trouble dealing with the cold I find in the Whites during winter. So, despite nasty conditions at the top today, I didn't really mind because temps were in the 50's and I'd much rather have 40-50mph gusts in 50's than in single digits. So despite everything, I enjoyed my hike this morning.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Pumpelly Trail
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail



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