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Ascent of Mount Mansfield-The Nose on 2019-07-16

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Mansfield-The Nose
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:4020 ft / 1225 m

Ascent Trip Report

The nose is the second most impressive feature that makes up the "face" of Mount Mansfield. The nose is the only feature besides the chin that has any prominence to speak of. It does not exceed 200 feet but it still stands upright and looks impressive in the distance. It is bare alpine tundra rock environment with great views and thus worth the extra time to hike down and "bag" the nose. The nose is a nice feature but the final ascent of the peak is along a rocky maintenance road which distracts from the climb compared to the very natural and difficult climb up to the chin.

On the hike down we made sure we touched the two features called the upper and lower lips then took the advice of the rangers (oh yeah I forgot to mention there is a fee in the State Park to park - something like $8 per person...?) and we took the longer gentler Sunrise Trail down. It goes down a very long exposed shoulder that was one of the longest stretches of rocky slab I can remember ever hiking on in New England
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:570 ft / 172 m
    Total Elevation Loss:410 ft / 124 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,2+ (3)
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:180 ft / 54 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 160 ft / 49 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:maint. Road
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  3860 ft / 1176 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:390 ft / 118 m
    Gain on way out:390 ft / 118 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Sunrise Trail
    End Trailhead:parking  
Ascent Part of Trip: Mansfield

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Mansfield2019-07-16 a2769 ft / 844 m
2Mount Mansfield-The Nose2019-07-16 b570 ft / 174 m
3Mount Mansfield-Upper Lip2019-07-16 c4 ft / 1 m
4Mount Mansfield-Lower Lip2019-07-16 d30 ft / 9 m
Total Trip Gain: 3373 ft / 1028 m    Total Trip Loss: 620 ft / 189 m



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