Ascent of Mount Garfield on 2011-01-29

Climber: Karine Thate

Others in Party:Jeff
Date:Saturday, January 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Garfield
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great 2-day backpack in the Pemi - started with Garfield, then across to Galehead (breaking trail the whole way - all those endless up and downs and so much snow on the ground and IN the trees - snow bombs everywhere - it was a struggle!). Finally on packed trail again, got Galehead and up the steep climb to South Twin. That was our goal for the day, to get to this ridge. But it was still light, and we thought the trail over towards Guyot was broken, so we decided to dash out to North Twin before dark. To our disappointment, the tracks towards Guyot stopped after a hundred yards or so, so we were stuck breaking trail again (and just trying to find it!) in the dark. Made it about 1/2 or 3/4 of a mile before setting up camp for the night along this stretch. Snowy night and cozy in the tent. Breaking camp in the morning was a bit of a struggle since it takes a long time and the stove was having trouble - so no hot breakfast... :( But the skies cleared and we had a nice morning and some views across the Pemi. Was cloudy by the time we hit Guyot and were dismayed again to find unbroken trail in both directions - towards Zealand and the Bonds. But we dropped packs and made Zealand in pretty good time and then headed out toward the Bonds where we finally (and thankfully) found packed trail by the Guyot campsite. West Bond was unbroken (?!?!) but felt strong and made great time up there - the rest of the Bonds were good - were tired, but climbed strong the whole time. Very cold and windy between Bond and Bondcliff - but no prob with facemasks and goggles. Flew down from Bondcliff and out the Wilderness and LW trails. Started 6:45 am on Sat. Finished 6:45pm on Sun.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:8900 ft / 2712 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:8900 ft / 2712 m
    Extra Loss:5700 ft / 1737 m
    Distance:31.5 mi / 50.7 km
    Route:Half Pemi - 5 Corners to Lincoln Woods
    Trailhead:1280 ft / 390 m
Descent Statistics

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