Mount Monadnock Trip Report (#15586)
- Signed By: Morgan Stinemetz
- Date submitted: July 11, 2002
When I was in the Army, stationed in Fort Devens, I, along with another soldier whose name escapes me, climbed the mountain, bottom to top. We came up the Old Toll Road and then up the White Arrow trail. There was a crust on the snow and we were able to walk across in most places. The hut at the top, where they used to sell lemonade when I was a kid, was still there, but the wooden windows were up. There were some left over paper cups, and we had a little fire to warm up with, but it was meager. The icecicles at the top were horizontal from the wind, I remember. We were wearing Army issue thermal boots and parkas, but we had no winter mountain climbing experience. We were young, though, and in good shape. We did hook slides down the snowfields on the way down. It may have abraded our Army issue gear, but that was a long time ago. Interestingly, on the way down, I slipped on a patch of ice walking across the former Half Way House parking lot--it was level as a pool table--and sprained my wrist. Otherwise, we were up and down with no trouble. It was awfully quiet up there at the top. Just the sound of the wind.