Ascent of Mount Adams on 2014-11-08

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, November 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5799 ft / 1767 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a day to make a repeat visit to Mount Adams!

Took Air Line all the way to the top. Down low, the snow was a trace to 2-3 inches; I put on my spikes along the steep sheltered section. Once in the open on Durand Ridge, the snow was deeper (3-5 inches), with 1 to 2 ft. deep snow drifts. It was quite windy and cold from here on out, but the view into/over King Ravine and to Mt. Madison was incredible! Plus, everything was white with snow, which made it feel like I was in the Arctic.

Once past the Gulfside Trail junction, I made a rough, very slow 0.5 mile climb over snowy, rime ice-laden rocks to the summit. I lost the trail several times, but luckily there was always a cairn in sight (even then they were hard to see with all the rime). Once at the top, the wind was whipping to about 50 MPH with possibly higher gusts, and the wind chill was well below zero. On the flip side, Adams's summit was completely in the clear, with excellent views in all directions. I originally intended to tag the top and make a run for the hut, but the cool summit and the other hikers at the top made me decide to stay a while, eat some snacks, chat a little, and enjoy the early winter.

Once down at the hut (closed for the season), I ate some more snacks at the benches, then I headed down Valley Way, which was a cinch as usual, and I was back at Appalachia in less than two hours.

I loved this climb, and I can't wait for the coming months when winter sets in fully!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Frigid, Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Air Line
    Start Trailhead:Appalachia  1299 ft / 395 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4500 ft / 1371 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Air Line, Gulfside Trail, Valley Way
    End Trailhead:Appalachia  1299 ft / 395 m

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