Ascent of Galehead Mountain on 2000-10-07

Climber: Jim Wilkinson

Others in Party:Pat
Date:Saturday, October 7, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Galehead Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4024 ft / 1226 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started on Saturday afternoon and the weather was quite good. The Gale River Trail is really level for most of it and really only goes up steeply for two relatively small sections towards the end of the trail. The views were not great, but the foliage really made the limited views nice. We got up to the hut, set up our beds, and headed up to the top of Galehead. There are no views from Galehead, but there is one outlook along the way that is pretty good.
Once down at the hut again, we had dinner and played cribbage. The hut is really nice since it was newly reconstructed last year. It started snowing while we were playing cribbage and the hut was really cold when we went to bed. Throughout the night, the hut really warmed up and I was constantly stripping layers. At around 1:15 in the morning, the fire alarm went off. Not fun! Jim ended up staying in bed since everyone was milling around instead of going outside. They finally turned off the alarm as it was a false alarm and everyone went back to sleep.
In the morning, we got up and had breakfast. It has snowed between one and two inches at the hut overnight. After breakfast, we put what little we needed in Jim's pack and Pat put on her Camelbak. We headed off for the Twins with our winter Gortex jackets (luckily we planned and brought them), Gortex pants, gloves, and hats. The trail up to South Twin is a pretty constant up hill with a few scrambles. We took a picture on top of South Twin and quickly moved on since it was pretty cold and windy. It was probably 20 degrees or less on top and the snow was 3-5 inches deep. We moved on to North Twin which was a very easy hike. It is surprising that it dips 200 feet between these peaks. We again took a picture on the tree covered top of North Twin and turned back. Travel was really easy because of the snow. It broke the impact so it was softer hiking and stepping was just a lot easier so we were really cruising at times. We stopped to talk to different other hikers along the way.
Back at the hut, we loaded up our gear and Jim changed into shorts, a single shirt, and gaiters for the trip down. He was a little cold at first, but once we started moving, he was happy that he did not wear more. It started snowing relatively soon after we started down and was snowing quite hard at times. It stopped snowing a little more than half way down. The rest of the trip down was pretty uneventful and we made it out in the early afternoon for the usual lunch on the way home.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: GaleheadTwins (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Galehead Mountain2000-10-07 
2South Twin2000-10-08 
3North Twin2000-10-08 

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