Hike: Full Moon Hike of Mount Monadnock-Advanced


Pace: Moderate -> Fast

Rated: Advanced - Due to conditions on this route at present I have upgraded this from intermediate to advanced. It requires intermediate mountaineering skills to maintain a reasonable pace on the mountain due to extensive ice on the route. Not technical climbing, but requires experience and proper gear.

The Plan:

Climb Monadnock, most likely going up the Spellman Trail and down Red Spot, depending on conditions. We aren't necessarily looking for the easiest way, as Mountaineer's we don't mind a bit of a challenge.

Meet at park headquarters on Poole Rd. between 5:45- 6:00 PM. Depart the parking lot at 6:00

This is not a long or arduous hike (it is only 1800 feet of elevation gain), however current conditions are challenging. There is presently no snow on the southeast side of the mountain. There IS a lot of ICE. Most trails below the treeline have long stretches where it is necessary to walk on ice. Steeper pitches on Spellman and Red Spot have flows and small bulges that, if a little bigger and not much longer would be technical climbs. We will want to cruise around this pretty fast, regardless of conditions, as we need to cover 5 miles in a reasonable time. If you have not done much winter hiking, this is not the hike for you. If you don't LIKE climbing icy trails and hillsides using traction and poles, please pass on this one. If you are into this kind of thing, have the right gear and experience level, please join us.

This hike requires a headlamp with fresh batteries, microspikes, crampons and trekking poles. Gaiters optional, the mountain may be wet in spots. Waterproofed winter boots.  This will not be a technical climb, but may seem so at times due to the conditions. In order to move quickly in these conditions we will need microspikes for much of the route. Microspikes allow a better pace than crampons. But we may need crampons in a section or two on the steeps, especially decending. So bring both please.

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  • Jeffrey D.

    What a pleasure hiking with you guys! We made great time around a course full of interesting ice, close to whiteout conditions, challenging terrain and route finding. If we had seen the moon that would have put it over the top. I will probably do a hike next full moon on Monadnock, hope you all can make it. I always try to come up with a hike that is a little more 'interesting' than most. After all, we are 'mountaineers'.

    Only downside is, I seem to have misplaced my S4 phone, maybe left in the parking lot, though the state park says wasn't turned in. Oh well. Probably got run over.

    See 'ya on the trails.....or maybe next month.

    January 18, 2014

  • Kyle L.

    Great hike, i loved the pace. Thanks for the photos, I'll maybe upload some later

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun hike! Thanks for coordinating Jeff!!!

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Geoff N.

    Great hike, fast pace, icy trails, snowing, wind, darkness. The trail up was so much fun icy dark class 4 scrambling only light was our 7 headlamps, thanks Jeff

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Russell T.

    Posted some photos. Great hike last night, we made good time!

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Randy S.

    Excellent hike, fun in the wind.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Chadd

    Sorry. I don't have crampons.

    January 16, 2014

  • Jeffrey D.

    Sorry Kristie, I was looking forward to having you with us!

    For everyone else, you can reach me at[masked] up 'til 6pm. I will park near the store at park headquarters, and am driving a silver Nissan Rogue.

    I think despite the rain yesterday we will find extensive ice mid-mountain. Most likely ice has been building at night and conditions will be quite similar to what I hiked Sunday. I expect a great hike. We may have an inch of snow to disguise the ice. Temps in lower 20's with very little wind, although the summit always seems to have some.

    See you all tomorrow at the mountain. Please be ready to go at 6pm.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    Hey Jeff, I am not going to make it there for 6pm due to work. Sorry I can't make it, I was really looking forward to this!

    January 15, 2014

  • Jeffrey D.

    I hiked Spellman and Red Spot today. As Doug said, above treeline is all bare rock, but in the woods and shade there were many stretches of trail that were ice flows, sometimes for several hundred feet. This made for easy going, as the ice was receptive to microspikes. Under colder conditions crampons might have been necessary. There is a LOT of ice on the mountain, and will be Thursday. Everyone on the Thursday hike should have microspikes AND crampons, and be experienced in moving quickly and safely on ice. Not for the novice winter hiker.

    January 12, 2014

  • Doug R.

    Hiked the Pompelli trail up Monadnock this morning. The trail was either ice or bare rock. Almost zero snow left on the mountain.

    January 12, 2014

  • Russell T.

    I was also up there this afternoon. I strapped on the crampons most of the way although they were overkill for the lower parts. I'm hoping for a little more ice buildup to dig in more!

    January 5, 2014

  • Doug R.

    I hiked the Spellman Trail this morning and micro-spikes worked most of the way but crampons were very helpful on the steeper rocks. Hopefully we get another snow storm before the 16th.

    January 5, 2014

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