Mount Madison Climber's Log

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friday - May 26, 2009 3:07 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2009

Summit bid called off by team member

I had just scrambled up the rock bed past the "Worst Weather in the United States" sign on the Daniel Webster trail when my team member decided to call off the bid for the summit. My team member? My small dog Shiro, an eskijack.
The day prior, he had scaled Imp Face with me and was doing very well up to the start of the alpine section towards Madison. About 50ft after the sign, he froze on a rock. I tried to coax him to come up, but nothing worked. I couldn't get him to come down either. He just froze, either with fear or fatigue.
Fearing for his safety over my ambitions, with him in one hand and the other carefully navigating my scramble down, I carried him down past the alpine to the trees below. It was probably good timing too, as a light rain started to fall on Madison, which could have made things slippery.
There will always be a next time.

Steve Larson

Steve Larson - Apr 20, 2009 8:11 am Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2009

Osgood trail  Sucess!

Spring conditions were less than optimal, with mud down low, and gushy snow higher up. Nice above treeline, though. A steady breeze, and occasional visibility. Washington and Adams were socked in the whole time.


imzadi - Mar 23, 2009 12:14 pm Date Climbed: Mar 15, 2009

3rd time's a charm  Sucess!

Up Valley Way, down Airline...
GEORGEOUS day...almost no wind, 40's! spent 20 minutes on the summit enjoying!
One of my favorite summits


Jofa - Jan 12, 2009 9:45 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2008

1st Stop on Presidential Traverse  Sucess!

Climbed Valley Way, camped at platforms just below treeline, climbed Madison and continued south


dpryan999 - Dec 9, 2008 8:51 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 1996

Jewell Trail  Sucess!

Jewell trail to Mounts Clay, Jefferson, Adams, Quincy Adams and Madison. Perfect weather, great views.


Maranna - Nov 28, 2008 7:40 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 1975

Long Time Ago  Sucess!

Part of a great solo trip as a 17 year old. Remember great weather and beautiful views.


Lips74 - Sep 28, 2008 7:55 am Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2008

Late Summer Storm  Sucess!

Started in Appalachia at 6:30 PM and climbed the rather long Howker Ridge. Made camp at 8 PM at the Howker Ridge-Pine Link Junction. Woke up at Midnight to head to the summit but ascended into dense clouds and driving rain/sleet. Nasty conditions made for a quick summit and ugly descent to Star Lake with lots of trouble following the cairns because of terrible visibility. Forced a miserable bivy near the lake to warm up and wait for conditions to improve.


starship_jen - Sep 8, 2008 8:49 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2008

First  Sucess!

Climbed with Rick & Paul. First peak on our Presi Traverse. Stayed in the Madison Hut Thursday night and ventured off toward Adams & Company the next morning. Warm, windy, rocky and tough!


Tahawus - Aug 12, 2008 1:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2007

Mount Madison  Sucess!

Climbed with Adams and Jefferson via the Gulfside Trail from Lakes of the Clouds. A steep rocky climb up from the Adams-Madison col. Surprisingly few people even on this bright sunny day. Very windy on the summit though. It was around here when I started to get a really bad sunburn.


Turbo - Jul 30, 2008 11:17 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2008

AT SoBo  Sucess!

Southbound thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.


Artanis - Jun 24, 2008 8:34 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

First Summit!  Sucess!

This was the very first summit I ever reached! Weather was much warmer than we had expected. Stayed one night in the Madison AMC hut and thoroughly enjoyed it. Decent was tough but well worth the amazing views.


Enapai - Feb 14, 2008 7:12 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2008

Via Valley Way  Sucess!

A little windy but the views were endless as the summits of the northern presidentials were above the clouds. Awesome pics taken of the moon rise over the summit on our way down.


dirth - Dec 31, 2007 7:54 pm Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2007

Great weather for a winter hike  Sucess!

Came up Valley way in just under 3 hours. Clouds broke as we got to Madison Hut with temps in the 20's and no wind. Great views south towards Washington and north for hundreds of miles. Hiked back down to the hut then across Gulfside to Spur Trail staying the night at Crag Camp. Best weather I have ever seen up there summer or winter.


smiarowski - Dec 11, 2007 1:41 pm Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2007

Path from Hut  Sucess!

Up King Ravine, crossed over to Madison and down Watson Path. Fun day hike in the fall foliage.


eric-griz - Dec 1, 2007 10:32 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2000

AT Northbound  Sucess!

Started at Lake of the Clouds Hut and traversed Mt. Washington and Madison before ending my day at Osgood Tent-site.


JonW - Nov 16, 2007 4:15 pm

great with adams

did this and madison in a day. also incorporated washington, jefferson, adams and madison in a long loop starting at pinkham in winter.


Bam-Bam - Nov 15, 2007 11:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2007

Sweet!  Sucess!

Awesome week hike over presedentials


kaseri - Oct 26, 2007 3:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Made it.  Sucess!

Made the summit in horrible weather. Thick fog & about 150' visibility.


tigerlilly - Sep 22, 2007 7:29 pm

cool, misty  Sucess!

It was cool and misty. Quiet. No view at the top, but still beautiful.

Bark Eater

Bark Eater - Sep 19, 2007 1:01 pm Date Climbed: Jan 9, 1979

winter ascent  Sucess!

Camped in Great Gulf wilderness and enjoyed day trips up the Northern Presidentials. Talk about cold!

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