Ascent of Mount Madison on 2007-04-01

Climber: Diane Mancino

Date:Sunday, April 1, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Madison
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5366 ft / 1635 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sunday was our group's scheduled hike to Mt Madison on another beautiful warm spring day with temperatures reaching 56, clear blue skies with nearly a cloud. Joining in on the fun was Diane, a rural route carrier and husband Bob, a USDA inspector, both from Claremont; Bara, in medical imaging, from Enfield; the hiker formally known as x, a software engineer from Arlington, joining Ghostdog and me. We carried snowshoes in case we needed them later in the day when the snow warmed up, but we all wore either crampons or stabilicers to the closed Madison Spring hut. We stopped for 20 minutes, ate, drank, rested, and shared conversation among ourselves and another hiker. We slacked packed (leaving our full packs and just taking water and a jacket) to the summit cone, got in some great shots, descended this pile of rocks, then relaxed and rested at the hut before leaving. Having not hiked in 3 weeks, due to 2 weddings in 2 weeks, one in NYC and one in the Cayman Islands Diane was a bit tired on the descent, but finished her 1st 5000'er in style. Congratulations! Way to go, girl!!

Yes, this event kicked my butt, but I'm here to claim victory. The weather was wonderful, cutting me some slack so I could have the time I needed to summit. This is not for beginners. You can't use trekking poles on those rocks, they just get into the way. It takes balance and confidence. With out them it takes much longer to manuever. And where is the trail! You learn quickly to watch for the cairn rock mounds. it takes a lot of muscle power to keep in balance. So my hike up and back took longer, but I really wanted this one. The summit on a warm spring day was wonderful. Looking at the photos, you don't have te feeling of being there.

3 weeks of not hiking is too much. The descend seemed steep and my pack felt like lead, but one thing is for sure, you can't quit. A treadmill I get off of if I'm bored. A hike, you quit, your in danger. So you put one foot in front of the other and hike, and finish.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Trailhead:Applachia trail head  
Descent Statistics

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