Ascent of Mount Kearsarge on 2014-03-11

Climber: Marie Sapienza

Date:Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kearsarge
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2920 ft / 890 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a fantastic day with my boys Mike and Jake! The road to the state park parking area and trail head is closed in winter. Not a huge deal. We parked at the bottom of it and walked the mile up the road. I was pleased that toilet there was unlocked! There was a fresh 2-3 inch snowfall that had a tendency to bulk up under our spikes so we made portions of the hike without traction. The trail, except for the top where it was bare rock, was packed snow. Just off the trail it was not packed and a few feet deep. Within a few hundred feet of the summit, there was no packed trail as the wind shifts the snow too much. Spotty postholing was necessary but not too annoying. I was concerned about descending the steep portion of the Winslow Trail because I'd heard it was not recommended in winter. Since it was more of a packed snow (albeit slippery) than sheer ice, it was fine.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1568 ft / 478 m
    Elevation Loss:1568 ft / 478 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Beautiful spring warmth at base. Frigid and windy at top.
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1568 ft / 478 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Winslow Trail
    Trailhead:Bottom of road to Winslow State Park  1352 ft / 412 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1568 ft / 478 m
    Route:Winslow Trail
    Trailhead:1352 ft / 412 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 29 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Marie Sapienza
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