Ascent of South Hancock on 2012-01-07

Climber: John N

Others in Party:Cullen Roberts
Date:Saturday, January 7, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Hancock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4319 ft / 1316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beginning of a trip up the Hancocks with Cullen. We started at ~10 AM and hiked up the Hancock Notch Trail to the Cedar Brook Trail. Both trails were relatively flat but snow covered. We both wore microspikes to here. From there we decided to take the Hancock loop trail up to the south peak first. Cullen changed into full crampons for this part of the trip and I stuck with the microspikes. This trail was much steeper. It rose to the summit, an additional 884 feet in only half a mile. We did not go out to the overlook at South Hancock, instead pushing on to the summit of North Hancock. We arrived at North Hancock in ~45 minutes and rested and ate some leftover Thai curry that Cullen had made. It was excellent. The hot soup was perfect for the cool temperatures. The views from the top of North Hancock were excellent. From there we descended back to the parking lot. It was a perfect winter hike. We only encountered a few other hikers, the views were fantastic and unobstructed. The trail was snow covered but packed down enough not to require snow shoes. Great Day!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2275 ft / 693 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
30 degrees and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2275 ft / 693 m
    Extra Loss:124 ft / 37 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Hancock Notch Trail > Cedar Brook Trail > Hancock
    Trailhead:Hancock Notch  2168 ft / 660 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Hancocks (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Hancock2012-01-07 a
2Mount Hancock2012-01-07 b

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