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Ascent of Mount Jackson on 2014-07-01

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Jackson
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4052 ft / 1235 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was finishing the southern half of Presidential range (from Washington down) when I had to decide whether or not to hit Jackson. Due to a late start, I had offered to not have my friends help me schlep my car around from Pinkham to Crawford so that we could get started on Washington together, so I was booking it back in hopes of catching the shuttle around the mountains. I was making pretty good time on my way down the ridge, so I decided to try and hit Jackson as well (I've been more aggressive at trying to hit northern peaks since I moved to the south last year, you've got to hit them whilst you're in town)

Long story short, I made fantastic time, took a one minute water break at Mizpah, hit the Jackson summit, took a couple of last photos of the magnificent ridge line before me, and made it to Crawford notch 5 minutes after the shuttle had departed... I could have turned around and booked it back up the ridge (I probably should have) but I was trying to make it back to VT for a late dinner with some friends, so I decided to cut my losses and try to hitchhike back.

It took 3 different drivers to hitchhike around, but they were all really nice and I learned a lot about the area even though it took forever... I feel really lame for not climbing up the ridge, but I did the Great Range in NY 4 days before this hike, so I was very glad to take a break from brutally long days. I ended up missing dinner, but it was a totally worthwhile experience nonetheless.
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