Ascent of Middle Carter Mountain on 2000-08-19

Climber: Jim Wilkinson

Others in Party:Pat
Date:Saturday, August 19, 2000
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Carter Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4600 ft / 1402 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jim and Pat started on Friday evening and went up the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail to the Carter Notch Hut. The hike up was very nice and it is quite an easy trail. Once we arrived at the hut, we set up our bunks and Jim washed up and changed into fresh clothes. We were in bunk room 4 which is the first of 3 bunk houses. There is a main hut with dining room and kitchen and a separate bathroom. They supplied a pillow with case and 3 wool blankets. The bunk room had 3 bunks for 6 people, but we only had 2 others in our room (a father and daughter who did the Wildcats today and were doing as much as the Carters tomorrow as they could).
We went down to the hut to eat the subs we had picked up on the way up the mountain (Carter does not server meals, but you can use their kitchen if you would like). We then grabbed a couple of books and went back to the bunk house. Pat went and cleaned up and changed, we read our books for a while and then we fell asleep around 9:30. It was a pretty cold night (36 according to Sara, one of the hut hosts) and since Jim only brought a mummy liner and Pat brought sheets, we were somewhat cold. Jim even slept in shorts and a long sleeve shirt.
We got up in the morning, packed up and were on the trail by 8:15. The trail up to Carter Dome is quite steep but has a nice view back down on the hut and lakes. When we arrived at the top, it was in the clouds so we continued on pretty quickly. Pat grabbed a granola bar as a snack before continuing. She had her usual morning ill feeling from hiking, but it was not too bad this time. The rest of the hike was pretty uneventful. All three of the Carter peaks (Dome, South, and Middle) are pretty much in the trees so they are not that exciting. Mount Hight is just after Carter Dome and has the most open peak of any of them. The weather was in and out of the clouds and a fairly good temperature (warm enough for just a shirt and shorts but cold enough to pull the long sleeves down in the wind). It was not the best weather for views but quite a good temperature.
The trails down (North Carter Trail and Imp Trail - southern portion) are very long and not very steep. It takes a long time to get out however. When we did arrive at the road, we had about a mile hike back to the car which was at the start of the Nineteen Mile Brook Trail. It was pretty hot and sunny walking along the road - I wish we had more of that weather when we were up on the mountains.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Carters (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Carter Dome2000-08-19 
2Mount Hight2000-08-19 
3South Carter Mountain2000-08-19 
4Middle Carter Mountain2000-08-19 

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