|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Mt. Monroe, Mt. Eisenhower, Mt. Pierce, NH|
||Valley Way, Gulfside, Osgood Trail, Jefferson Loop, Crawford Path, Monroe Loop, Eisenhower Loop, Webster Cliff Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, March 5, 2016|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No problems |
||saw none |
||No way |
|Lost and Found:
||5:40AM, Temps were Zero, and air was quiet and blue clear skies. After driving 400 miles to go hiking the night before, Met Devin, from Penn at parking lot at 5am, and we teamed to hike the Presi Traverse together. Our motto was simple," Slow & Steady". Met many groups doing the Traverse. All using microspikes, no one using snowshoes. The hiking conditions at the peaks for both Madison and Adams had little snow, & hiking was between the crevasses of rocks which made it a bit slow going. A bit better conditions on Jefferson. Brisk winds at the summits. |
After climbing Adams,the build-up of lactic acid in my legs (more than usually and more than I have ever remembered) set the course of my demise.
"Bit off more than you could chew". My ambition was greater than my leg conditioning which was at zero. "Hiker Legs were non-existent since I hadn’t hiked since last year, and foolishly had not done any proper preparation for leg conditioning to build required hiking leg strength. So basically, game over. My attempted traverse was over. I bailed at Jewell trail. My legs (calves, quads, & feet were destroyed)
Devin continued on to complete the Traverse and finished about 9PM. A great hike for Devin, who completed his goal. Great thanks to Andy who drove me back to parking. A great day for a traverse for those capable of one of the most ambitious, grueling hikes in the Northeast.
||007 & Devin |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.