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tm6191Mt. Adams 1, Me: 0
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2011

tm6191

An exciting, unsuccessful summit bid is usually more gratifying than a routine, successful climb. Xmas Day was no exception. I hiked up Airline, stopping just below the ridge to don mask and goggles.
It snowed the day before and, once on the ridge, visibility deteriorated dramatically. The blowing snow made it increasingly difficult to see the next cairn. Ice forming on and in my goggles didn't help much either. The going was extremely slow. I passed by the sign post that tells you you're half a mile from the summit and I estimate I was no further than a quarter mile away, perhaps less, when I had to turn back. I simply could not see where I was going. Amateurishly, I found myself in a situation where I could not see the trail or any cairn ahead - or behind. The wind and snow were so disorienting I had to guess the direction I had come in as I beat a retreat. As I read what I just wrote, I find that I failed to capture the sensation - one of those "you had to be there" scenarios, maybe, but it was exhilarting!
Tim
Posted May 30, 2012 4:32 pm

Kristin5berryGreat spring climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2011

Kristin5berry

Still a little snow, sunny and warm
Posted May 11, 2011 2:08 pm

kpthomsonstart of Presi-traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 1999

kpthomson

I think swe started up this trail for the Traverse.
Posted Sep 25, 2008 12:55 pm

IsaiahAscent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2006

Isaiah

Decent via Valley way. Nice little hike check out my trip report!
Posted Oct 19, 2006 11:14 pm

pingzingrAscent / Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2006

pingzingr

Think we used Airline to get up and down to Adams from the Gulfside Trail
Posted Aug 14, 2006 7:07 pm

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