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Ascent of Mount Jefferson on 2014-06-21

Climber: Jeff Hicks

Others in Party:Josh
Date:Saturday, June 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Jefferson
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5712 ft / 1741 m

Ascent Trip Report

Josh and I left PA on Fri. 6/20/14 for our 8 hour drive to the White Mtns. Tent camped at the Timberland Campground because they were calling for good weather, but cool, for a few days. After setting up camp we walked down to the Androscoggin River and sat in some Adirondack chairs watching a beautiful sunset over the mountains. Then it was off to bed. At about 4am a train went by our campsite about 50 yds. away. It sounded like it was going right over us...no alarm clock needed. We got to the Appalachia trailhead around 5am and had to park on the road because the lot was full already. Started hiking up the Valley Way trail at 5:30. The plan was to hike up Madison, Adams, and Jefferson if time allowed. We left our packs at the Madison hut and hiked up Madison. It took us about 3.5 hrs. to summit Madison. Fleece and windbreaker needed on summit. Temp. in 30's and winds probably 40-50. Didn't stay long up there. Picked up packs at hut, refilled water, and headed to Adams. I have to admit that the hike up to Madison tore up my legs. I packed everything but the kitchen sink trying to be prepared for this hike, but I definitely over did it. My pack was too heavy. By the time we got to the summit of Adams the peak was in the clouds and there were no views. It was only 10:50am at this point so we headed right down to the Gulf side trail and off toward Jefferson. You could still see patches of snow in places. The views were amazing. I couldn't believe my legs were still pushing me up, but I somehow made it up Jefferson on the loop trail. There were people all over the summit of Jefferson. While we were breaking on Jefferson a sailplane flew right over us, so close that the pilot waved to us all...pretty cool. We took the Randolph path down to the Shortline, and then finished up on the Airline trail to Appalachia. I took 2 good spills on the way down, slipping on wet moss, but fortunately only minor scrapes. The whole trip, with breaks, took 11 hrs. and 50 min. It was an awesome hike, and I'm sure I'll be feeling it for days to come, but it was worth it.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4432 ft / 1351 m
    Elevation Loss:4432 ft / 1351 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4432 ft / 1351 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:Gulfside trail to loop trail
    Trailhead:Appalachia parking area  1280 ft / 390 m
    Time Up:7 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4432 ft / 1351 m
    Route:Randolph trail to Shortline to Airline to Appalach
    Trailhead:Appalachia PA  1280 ft / 390 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 15 Minutes



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