Mt Monadnock
Fred Knight, Mike Gates, Doug Anderson, Evan Carson
2012 Feb 4

We walked up Mt Monadnock on an icy trail, along with many others. The day was mostly clear. We wore microspikes (Doug and Evan) or crampons (Fred and Mike) almost all the way. Yes, the trail was some bare rocks, mostly ice, and a little snow. The wind picked up near the top, but one extra layer did the trick. The conditions were a little different than 2 weeks earlier when the temperature was about 0, and wind howled on top.

Mike, my old swimming buddy Mike Gates, turned up at the parking lot just a few minutes after we arrived. Mike was ready to do the same thing that we were going to do: hike up White Dot Trail and back down White Cross Trail. What a coincidence. I waved at the approaching car not knowing who was in it, but expecting to see John Moores drive in. So I waved. Mike waved back.

Summary: ~ 5 miles, 2200' rise, 4:05, very icy, temps in 20s

Here is a very large movie (160 MB). Click Doug to download...and wait for the download to complete to play movie. WhiteCrossMovie

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Fred and Evan at the Mt Mnadnock summit
Fred and Evan at the Mt Mnadnock summit
We sheltered ourselves against the breeze, after a 1:55 ascent.
Fred with gear and drink
Fred with gear and drink
An icy trip up, requiring crampons or microspikes. Very little snow; just ice.
Mt Monadnock summit team
Mt Monadnock summit team
Our friend the retired dairy farmer was approaching and caught
Our friend the retired dairy farmer was approaching and caught
I had seen the orange gentleman 2 weeks ago when there were cold and much more snow.