Mount Adams Trip Report (#10247)
- Signed By: Alex
- Date submitted: March 03, 2001
- Date(s) climbed: 12/30/2000
Climbed Mount Adams w/ 2 friends via the Air Line trail and Durand Ridge on the second to last day of the year 2000. The weather that day was unbelievable for this time of year here in New England. We had a nice, long break around treeline, shooting many photos, and then proceeded to the summit. We wore crampons on the Durand Ridge but they were not needed everywhere. We got a little confused and missed the direct trail up to the summit and ended up going to Thunderstorm Jct. instead, where the last several hundred feet of climbing were very annoying with huge rime-covered boulders and deep snow in between. The summit was totally clear skies, with a slight undercast, and a temperature of about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, with almost no wind. For the record, I have a photo of myself standing shirtless on the rime-covered summit with an ice axe in my hand. We spent quite a bit of time on the summit and even had a little bit of Port to drink, and by the time we started heading back it was about 3 PM. Thus we ended up hiking for nearly an hour in pitch darkness. Luckily I had brought a headlamp, though, so it wasn't much of a problem. all in all it was an awesome hike on what was probably the best hiking day of the season.