Monadnock 2012 Jan 15
Solo ascent of Monadnock on a cold day. Saw a wide range of people. Almost immediately after starting I met two solos and a pair all coming down at 0845. They had started out early. Two of them were hoofing it. Then I saw another old geezer (like me), a retired dairy farmer who lives nearby and comes almost daily to the hill. Later another runner passed me up and then down as he scampered over the spots I thought were tricky. Then more groups coming up near the time I was almost finished. Wide range of gear too, from nothing to full set of gear.
Temperature started near 0 deg F. Breezy on top; warmed up a bit.
Summary: ~5 miles, 3.75 hours, 2200' elevation gain.
--Fred (aka tarpman)
Panoramic 360-degree view from Mt Monadnock
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White Dot Trail
Near the start; dig the garb for 0 deg F
Got going at 0830. Met 4 hikers coming down already after seeing sunrise
First glimpse of afar; about half way
Treed until here; starting to break out for views
Nearing summit; pre-goggle-fogging; nice breeze
Was down to single shirt before suiting up for the top; no parka needed, just shell
View to NE from summit
Final ascent had a few icy spots; view tremendous; sorta windy
A gorgeous day; coming down
coming back into forest; met a few more people, then groups near base on return