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Ascent of Mount Mansfield-Adams Apple on 2019-09-17

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Mansfield-Adams Apple
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:4120 ft / 1255 m

Ascent Trip Report

I worked 6-2 today so that I could sneak in my 300th cohp after work. I planned to do the Hell's Brook Trail to the Adam's Apple, and turn around there since I have already hiked Mansfield. I parked at the Big Spring and crossed the road just after 3pm. The trail started out steep and had a lot of steps. Two out of three other parties who signed the register today said that they saw bears. I kept an eye out, but didn't see any. The trail was a little wet, but that was all it took to make some scrambly sections of the rock a lot scarier. My Merrill shoes are decently warn and were slipping often on the rock. I wondered if my Chacos would have been a better pick. The route reminded me a little bit of Camelback when I went under the overhanging rock section. Higher up, there were spots where roots across bare rock were the only secure things to grab onto. The toughest part, in my opinion, was one of these areas with a veggie belay. There were also two scramble sections that were just slanted rock that wouldn't be so bad if they weren't somewhat wet. Once I got onto the ridge it was ironic to find the last few hundred feet of the trail had planks over a flat marshy section. I got a glimpse of a pond at the junction, then followed the Long Trail a very short way to the Adam's Apple Trail. At this time I was thinking of all of the states I have visited county highpoints in and how great the variety has been. It's been a great hobby. The last pitch had me between tall brush on both sides, but I was already getting views if I looked straight back. I made it onto the rocky top and ate some mangoes by the summit on the edge of the stringed-out route. There were views from Burlington's North End to the upper slopes of Stowe. The best view, though, was Mount Mansfield's rocky face being whipped by low clouds. I wasn't going up there today, because this was all about COHP #300, which just happened to be the Adam's Apple. The way down was a bit faster, as I used gravity to my advantage. I sure wish I was skiing, instead, though! Down at the bottom, I read about the spring and had a small taste of it. Then I drove over the notch to get home in time for dinner right around sunset.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2400 ft / 731 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2400 ft / 731 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2360 ft / 719 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2320 ft / 707 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Hells Brook - Adam's Apple Trails
    Start Trailhead:Big Spring  1800 ft / 548 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2360 ft / 719 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2320 ft / 707 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Adam's Apple - Hells Brook Trail
    End Trailhead:Big Spring  1800 ft / 548 m
    Time:1 Hours 1 Minutes



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