Ascent of Mount Field on 2020-05-31

Climber: Jonathan Becker

Date:Sunday, May 31, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Field
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4320 ft / 1316 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Mt. Tom, Mt. Field is a mere 1.5 miles. However, I did not have spikes, and the 3-4 foot tall ridges of residual packed snow and ice on the Willey Ridge Trail made it more of a challenge than I expected. Walking up these slippery ridges is easier than coming down them, as I would learn later in the afternoon. Mt. Field's views were markedly better than Mt. Tom's, but you need to stand on a rock or stump to see above the trees. The primary overlook points to the North, where the unmistakable red roof of the Mount Washington Hotel is visible in the distance below. I did not stay here long, but observed one of the famous Grey Jays hopping on the ground salvaging crumbs from a previous hiker's lunch. I asked another person at the summit about Mt. Willey, which I planned to summit next. They corrected my pronunciation, informing me that it is said "Why-lee", not "Willy". There is some disagreement on this point, according to reading I have done since, which makes me feel better.
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Facing northwest(ish) from Field (2020-05-31). Photo by Jonathan Becker.
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Summary Total Data
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Willey Range (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Tom2020-05-31 
2Mount Field2020-05-31 
3Mount Willey2020-05-31 

Other Photos

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Mount Washington Hotel to the North (2020-05-31). Photo by Jonathan Becker.
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