Saturday Jeremy and I headed up Mt Monadnock. Trail conditions were much different than they were a few weeks ago when I was up here. Most of the snow was melted and the trails had a lot of water ice on them.
We decided to take the long way up and stop at Café Pumpelly for breakfast. When we first got there a party was just leaving. I had brought some supplies to make cooking our breakfast a little more homey.
After extinguishing our fire and doing a little maintenance we headed back to the trail and toward the summit.
Many sections of trail on the ridge looked like this:
We both had microspikes on but as we hiked I was noticing Jeremy’s with only about 20 miles on them were getting much better traction than mine which have about 700 miles on them now. I had just been bragging about how long mine were lasting with no issues, but after today I realized I should start to think about updating mine. I really can’t complain though, pound for pound and dollar for dollar my microspikes are probably the most useful piece of gear I own, and I own a lot of gear.
After making our way across the ridge we arrived at a pretty busy and windy summit. We spent most of our time on the summit hiding from the wind. This was officially my 80th Mt Monadnock Summit.
We Descended the White Dot Trail back to the State Park. I fell once on the way down and and hit my elbow pretty hard on the ice, it’s still bruised and hurts but it should be fine. Back at our vehicle we headed over to Harlows in Peterborough for some Pub fare.