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Ascent of Pico Peak on 2007-11-17

Climber: Terry Wheeler

Others in Party:J. Mlynarek
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pico Peak
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3957 ft / 1206 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a long day hike (10 hours out and back) over Pico, Killington and Shrewsbury in fresh snow on a cold day. Although the total distance was around 20 miles, the elevation change along the route, other than the summit spurs to Pico and Killington, was not bad. That, along with the fact that 3-4 inches of snow pretty effectively smoothed out the footing, made for pretty quick going, considering the conditions. Once we got to Little Killington we toyed briefly with the idea of bushwhacking west to Mendon Peak along the ridge, but it would have been messy going by that route; we opted for the longer but easier trail to Shrewsbury instead. The Sherburne Pass Trail (to Pico) and Shrewsbury Peak Trails are both pretty well-marked and well-maintained; the going is not tough.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1807 ft / 551 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1807 ft / 551 m
    Route:Sherburne Pass Trail/Pico Link
    Trailhead:Sherburne Pass (US 4)  2150 ft / 655 m
Descent Statistics
    Trailhead:Killington Peak  



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