Monadnock Via Cascade Link-Red Spot-Pumpelly

Ross Allen, Steve Smith, Charlie “Beef” Abert and Fred “Tarpy” Knight
Up via White Dot, Cascade Link, Red Spot, and Pumpelly
Down via White Dot
Pics: Just click twice for more detail.

Heading Up Steve, Charlie, Ross posing Upper Red Spot
Upper Red Spot Upper Red Spot Steve Ascending
Steve and Summit Charlie toward summit Pumpelly Vista
Blue contrast Snacking

We chose a 5:30am rendezvous at Forbes Road and started from the Poole Rd parking lot at a little after 7am. My plea for the route we took got us into once-traveled trail, so Ross and I switched to snowshoes. Steve was on skis, and Charlie stayed with bare boots. The Red Spot tracks ended in the middle, so we headed up through a couple feet of powder along with two other dudes who took the lead. Gorgeous snow-covered trees, completely blue sky, and shelter from wind—exhilarating conditions. The wind picked up on Pumpelly and was really blowing the snow as we reached the summit after ~3 hrs. Quickly we scampered down to shelter. At the White Cross-White Dot junction Steve chose the unbroken White Cross for skiing. At the bottom I waited for Steve to appear, but he came ambling down with skis on his pack, having aborted the White Cross downhill ski.

Summary: 4+ hours, ~6 miles,

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