Ascent of Mount Hight on 2010-02-13

Climber: Tony Rachupka

Others in Party:Carl
Date:Saturday, February 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hight
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4675 ft / 1424 m

Ascent Trip Report

Carl and I left Cambridge around 5am for Pinkham Notch and Carter Dome. We’d be meeting up with Greg from hike-NH who I had met the previous week and did the Willey range with him. Greg was first to the parking lot of the 19 Mile Brook Trail and we got the last spot in the parking lot next to him. The 19 Mile Brook Trail follows the river most of the way and I enjoyed the frozen stream. We all wore microspikes all the way to the ridge. We made such great time to the ridge that we decided to tag South Carter. I was the first to switch over to snowshoes and the other followed a little later. There was a good amount of traffic on the ridge to South Carter so the trail was easy to find. We got pictures at the viewless South Carter summit. There’s a small sign on a tree. I love summit signs. Next stop would be Hight. We glissaded down some spots before getting back to where we started on the ridge. We wanted to bag Carter Dome but there was no way were making this trip without hitting Hight which we heard had the best views on the Carter-Wildcat ridge. The trail was all loose powder and drifts of fresh snow so it was slow going. And it was steep. We took a few breaks on the way up but finally got there and were rewarded with 360 views with no clouds. Spectacular! Washington was in all its glory! If it were warmer we would have stayed much longer. I’m definitely returning in summer. We followed the trail through the ice and snow encrusted trees on the way to Carter Dome. I love the trees in the higher elevations in winter. I hadn’t tried winter hiking before this year and now I’m hooked. We got to Carter Dome and got some pictures and chatted with some others that were already on the summit. Greg even knew one of them from work! Everyone we met on the hike was friendly and fun to talk to. That is, except for one grumpy, rude guy. But that’s his problem. We headed down to Carter Notch next. The trail was really steep so I’m glad we were going down at this point in the hike. We had snowshoes with crampons so we didn’t have many issues. We did more glissading and everything was awesome until Greg hit a tree. Carl and I both grazed a tree but Greg really nailed it. He had a tough time getting back to the trailhead but he gritted his teeth and toughed it out. It was pretty uneventful after the tree. We all made it back to the trailhead and Carl and I would head off to Moat Mtn Brewery for some food and Smoked Bock, my favorite beer of the moment. #25 and #26 for me, winter #5 and #6.
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