Ascent of Middle Carter Mountain on 2011-12-28

Climber: Karine Thate

Date:Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Carter Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4600 ft / 1402 m

Ascent Trip Report

First big hike of official winter '11-'12. Warm temps to start after a night of rain - 40s at the trailhead and slushy snow mixed with lots of running water on the Imp trail (which now resembles a river more than a trail). Wet snow on the ground started on North Carter and just enough that we switched to snow shoes as we crossed the ridge on the Carter-Moriah trail. Kept snowshoes on until after Carter Dome, then switched to crampons for climb in and out of the notch. Lots of ice on steeps - too much for microspikes. Kept them on across teh Wildcat ridge. Light snow fell all day - and by the time we reached wildcat ridge - a fresh inch of powder on top and lower temps had firmed up the footing a bit.
Reached top of ski slopes by 4pm and then sledded down the one groomed trail - lots of fun. Lost my over mitt during the sledding - but was luckily found by a snowboarder out for a late day ride.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6100 ft / 1859 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:6100 ft / 1859 m
    Extra Loss:3000 ft / 914 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Trailhead:1500 ft / 457 m
Descent Statistics

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