Ascent to Mount Garfield-just past 1 switchback on 2013-11-30
|Others in Party:||Josh Swett|
|Date:||Saturday, November 30, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Point Reached:||Mount Garfield - just past 1 switchback|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||3500 ft / 1066 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||980 ft / 299 m (7% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportJosh & I thought to try to reach the peak of Mt Garfield on the northern end of the Franconia Ridge via the Garfield trail. We arrived later than I would have liked at the parking area however the day, although cold, appeared to be good for an early winter hike. This was my first hike with a new knee brace. About two hours, and 3 water crossing in we started to see people coming down describing icy conditions. Josh did not have microspikes. My knee was bothering me so about 1/2 way up we turned back. 1. Once there is any potential for snow/ice, everyone has microspikes. Ski poles or hiking poles, especially for the knee brace wearer, would help a lot.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Crampons|
| Weather:||Cold, Windy, Clear|
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