Ascent of Mount Garfield on 2011-08-15

Climber: Ray Di Ciaccio

Others in Party:Kyle Sherry
Elan Shpigel
Date:Monday, August 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Garfield
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a pretty painful, dramatic, cool ascent. We started the actual ascent on Sunday evening after Galehead -- then we ran into an older guy and his son. The guy fell and hurt himself, so I went with them back to the hut, carrying his pack, while Kyle and Elan carried my pack onwards towards the Garfield campsite. I ran/jogged a lot of the way back from Galehead to Garfield, though the last half mile was a super steep scramble. Due to the rain the scramble had become a small waterfall. It was also dark and foggy -- couldn't see 3 ft in front of my face. Eventually made it to Garfield campsite, where Elan and Kyle were already in the process of putting up the tents (in the rain).

The next morning before packing up, we finished the ascent of Garfield. It was actually really cool up top. It was all foggy so the edges of the peak just faded out into nothing. The wind was really blowing and the rain was coming down. We stood up on the remains of the fire tower on the peak. We decided to not spend a whole lot of time up there since we were getting soaked.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1380 ft / 420 m
    Elevation Loss:3930 ft / 1197 m
    Distance:13.7 mi / 22 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1280 ft / 390 m
    Extra Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Garfield Ridge Tr (AT)
    Trailhead:Galhead Hut  3700 ft / 1127 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3430 ft / 1045 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Route:Garfield Ridge Tr (AT) - Franconia Brook Tr - Linc
    Trailhead:Lincoln Woods Visitor Center  1150 ft / 350 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Pemi wilderness (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
2Mount Bond2011-08-13
3West Bond2011-08-13
4Mount Guyot2011-08-14
5Zealand Mountain2011-08-14
6South Twin2011-08-14
7North Twin2011-08-14
8Galehead Mountain2011-08-14
9Mount Garfield2011-08-15

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