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Ascent of Duck Pond Mountain on 1961-07-13

Climber: Chip Carpenter

Date:Thursday, July 13, 1961
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Duck Pond Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3320 ft / 1011 m

Ascent Trip Report

camp pasquaney was in the woods for a week doing some of the first cutting of the nancy brook trail.
we took a break one afternoon from trail cutting... as our our councilors decided on an exploration to try and find duck pond... to see if it was worth cutting a trail too and opening it up like norcross and nancy ponds...

we struck-out crossing the drainage and source of nancy brook to the left and right where the trail first meets nancy pond - we climbed duck pond mountain and continued bushwhacking by compass to try and find the lost duck pond.

no luck finding the duck pond... but did find something extra-ordinary

we found an ancient virgin spruce forest below duck pond mountain
it was found in the drainage of whiteface brook between mt lowell and duck pond mountain... just below and on the opposite side from nancy pond

these trees were magnetic and majestic - as 15 and 16 year olds... 3 of us hand to hand could barely put our arms around the trees circumference. the height of these trees was amazing... this magnificent canopy kept the forest floor in dense unspoiled moss and liken - there was no underbrush no small sapling trees... nothing else but these enormous trees.

when the nancy pond scenic area - initiated by David Ryder - was established it was expected that this this acre after acre of ancient virgin forest was to be included and kept for prosperity.
it was however, harvested to provide footings for the seabrook nuclear power plant

think of what a teaching resource it'd be today for hikers to visit - such a disappointment.

I have not yet gone back to see what remains - as of 2018 - but those familiar with forests tell me they're be nothing left but small whiplash trees, underbrush and stumps. those trees on the periphery which not cut would be vulnerable to high winds and the loss of neighboring canopy would have eventually caused them to be toppled. in a sense it'd be a waste-land to my memory. therefore, I have never been back, nor has Dave Ryder.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2380 ft / 725 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2380 ft / 725 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Start Trailhead:940 ft / 286 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km



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