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.
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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