Ascent of Mount Hancock on 2011-10-29

Climber: Jennifer Plaza

Others in Party:Several members of the AMC Boston Chapter.
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hancock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Under a threat of a Winter Storm Warning, we hiked both Mt. Hancock and South Hancock. There was snow on the ground during the entire hike with more snow at higher elevations. It was very cold, low thirties at the trailhead, mid-twenties at the summit. I utilized my new microspikes for the descent from South Hancock. The snow storm began as we were leaving and the roads heading south were very dangerous with little to no visibility. It took approximately five hours to drive to Boston. The trail was mainly flat with gentle grades for the first 3.6 miles. The last 0.7 miles were very steep. Good company.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2271 ft / 692 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Cold, overcast.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2271 ft / 692 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Hancock Notch Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Lo
    Start Trailhead:Hancock Overlook Parking Lot  2129 ft / 648 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Summit of Mt. Hancock  4400 ft / 1341 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Loop of Mt. Hancock and South Hancock

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Hancock2011-10-292271 ft / 692 m
2South Hancock2011-10-290 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 2271 ft / 692 m    Total Trip Loss: 2271 ft / 692 m

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