Ascent of Killington Peak on 2021-01-22

Climber: David Darby

Others in Party:Tom Smith
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 22, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Killington Peak
    Elevation:4235 ft / 1290 m

Ascent Trip Report

Goal was Mendo, Killington, Pico. Tom was driving up from CT and met me in the Pico parking lot. We left my car there and drove his car around to Brewers corner.

10:15 - Parked Tom's car at Brewers corner. We headed up the snowmobile road. We continued up to the switchbacks. At the first switchback (~2 miles in), the GPX I had veered into the woods (south). The trail continued SW. Decisions, Decisions. We decided to follow the trail because bushwhacking in 2'+ of snow looked slow. Fortunately, the trail switched back again - perfect. We continued up to the "ski patrol sled" against the tree. From there we followed some ski tracks off and on, but broke trail most of the way. As we approached the summit, I didn't remember all the false summits - that was confusing.
14:50 - We eventually found the true summit, the Mendon sign and signed the logbook.
15:20 - We retrace our route back to the ski sled, and then start breaking trail all the way over to the bucklin tail.
16:50 - Intersection with the Bucklin trail. We turn right and head up to the summit.
17:00 - Killington Summit. It's windy. We continue over the summit to the ski trails and go inside the lift to eat, drink and warmup a little. We look at the map and decide to abort on Pico and head back down the bucklin trail instead to Brewers corner.
19:26 - Back at the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:795 ft / 242 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2845 ft / 866 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:795 ft / 242 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 395 ft / 120 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Bushwack + Bucklin
    Start Trailhead:Mendon  3840 ft / 1170 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2445 ft / 745 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Bucklin trail
    End Trailhead:Brewers Corner  1790 ft / 545 m
    Time:2 Hours 26 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2021_01_22 - Mendon

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mendon Peak2021-01-22 a2023 ft / 617 m
2Killington Peak2021-01-22 b795 ft / 242 m
Total Trip Gain: 2818 ft / 859 m    Total Trip Loss: 2845 ft / 867 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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