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    Thinking about coming up the rock pile some time next week but just want to know what footing is up there right now. Will I need full Crampons or will step ins be alright. Will I need ice Ax or can I get by without it. The main concern is post holing. Am I correct in thinking that there is not enough snow to post hole. If you could just give alittle oversight of what the rockpile has for me I would much appreciate it. Thanks!!

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    I found this report from the presidentails on another hiking forum. It states what I thought...early season hiking means varied condtitions, and with rotten rime between rocks, unpleasant hiking, as you fall between them. I suspect if they get more snow or rain in the next week, you'll get more consistent conditions...

    REPORT:

    Trail: Crawford Path to Mt. Pierce, Mt. Eisenhower & Edmands Path descent
    Date Hiked: 11/04/2006

    Conditions: Left Crawford Notch around 8:00 am. Ascent up Crawford Notch trail was (about 2-4") snow covered with icy patches most of the way. YakTrax worked perfectly. Barefooting would have been very difficult. Crampons would have been overkill. Along the Crawford Notch trail, the Mt. Eisenhower bypass trail and the top portion of the Edmands Path trail, the snow was a little deeper (4 - 18") occasionally covering gaps between rocks where a foot would fall between the rocks. If you took your time, you were fine. Snow shoes would have been helpful, but not necessary along this portion. The winds on both the north and south side of Mt. Eisenhower, were very strong. (It seemed like 70-90 MPH sustained winds.) This made it difficult to find the cutoff for the Edmands Path trail. Decending the Edmands Path trail was difficult due to the snow (18 - 24" the top quarter to half a mile), and steepness. However, climbing up Edmands Path would have been even more difficult. Once we got below tree line on Edmands Path, the conditions were similar to the lower portion of the Crawford Path trail (2-6" of snow with some icy patches.) Again, YakTrax helped tremendously. Crampons would have been an overkill. Several downed trees on the Edmands Path trail, but you could walk around, over or under all of them.

    Special Required Equipment: YakTrax or cleats - essential. Snowshoes above treeline - helpful, but not essential. Hand warmer packets above treeline - useful. Face protection above treeline - esstential.

    Comments: Easier to hike this loop ascending Crawford Path trail and descending Edmands trail due to the steepness and snow depth at the top portion of the Edmands Path trail.

    Submitted by: Roy Van Buren

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    Seems like a wild time to hike Washington!! The hike from the treeline up to the top with all the snow, ice and rime ice looks to be extremely difficult Now have to decide whether or not I want to drive 5 hours to attempt the mountain with these conditions. I guess the one thing to remember is " Being in N.H. will ALWAYS be better than being in Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockin rex
    I guess the one thing to remember is " Being in N.H. will ALWAYS be better than being in Jersey.

    sounds like a plan to me .

    i'd rather be there then PA

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    According to the latest Observer Comments an EMS guided trip made it to the summit over the weekend. I think that pretty much answers your questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill O
    According to the latest Observer Comments an EMS guided trip made it to the summit over the weekend. I think that pretty much answers your questions.
    And they never stood on the deck to have the Deck Camera get their picture!
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