Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Monroe (attempt), NH
Trails: Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, March 12, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: cog railway parking lot.....snow covered Base road on way in and mushy to the blacktop on the way out ....sun was out and was pretty warm 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: everything was crossable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: saw a well behaved lady with some frost on her chinny chin chin hairs that I too a pic of. Her owner was wel behaved also (lol lol) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: lost my nerve .....found a grain of wisdom clanging incessantly in the back of my head...... M.D. the article link of the gal who couldn't find her way back down ammonoosuc from the hut......that u posted in meet up of presi attempt.  
Comments: What a beautiful day ...started late after altering plans ....was going to close out the carter range with the wildcats. The weather and conditions up on the presidential's were for low winds and clear skies till later in the day. Got started at like 10:30 ....soloing....scraped for bits of intel from the many folks who were on the way down and very few attempted to summit Monroe. Under cloud cover and foot path consistently covered over in short period of time....having never been up there I brushed it off and continued to ascend. Went with just a smart wool tee shirt and thin base layer Ibex finger loop shirt till got up to near top of tree line. threw on another layer with hood and started up towards the hut...forgot to take compass bearing thinking it looked pretty easy to find my way back....10 or 20 mins or so after seeing last gal and her dog... their footprints were almost all covered in pretty light winds.....(M.D. this is where your link and the gal missing the trail down ammonosuc was constantly looping in my head). I knew big storm coming in as well. I threw on a shell and balaclava and started up Monroe twice...the summit was clear but behind it were clouds and darker ones....I knew if they blew in things would become much tougher.....being alone.... and having a gps but rarely using it to retrace steps or route find....I tucked tail and retreated. Took about 10-15 minutes to locate/navigate about 200 meters to find what looked like trail and that was on a bright day with excellent visibility. After sinking knee deep a few times I retreated back towards hut and decided to use the gps .... after some trial and error I stumbled upon trail close enough to get me to the trail. Since new storm coming in I butt slide whenever possible and It was Awesome! at lower elevations snow started to get sticky and trees relived themselves of the weight of last weeks storm frequently. Got to work on some skills up here in the Whites and get used to the scale of things.  
Name: zombiewolf 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-12 
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