Ascent of Ball Crag on 2011-07-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Monday, July 25, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ball Crag
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:6106 ft / 1861 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had not enough adventure for the day after climbing up Mount Washington up the Lion Head trail to the top so I descided to climb down the Nelson Crag Trail to play on the Ball Crag and the Nelson Crag features. My son Ben and daughter sarah ran out of money buying clothes at North Conway outlet stores and showed up early. We are on the top of Nelson Crag and we see my car winding up the road.

Daniel was tired and jumped in the car with them but I wanted more excercise so turned around at Nelson Crag and hiked back up to the top giving me more than 5,000 feet of gain for the day. I met several tourists from French speaking Canada along the way and we struggled to talk between our two languages but it was fun meeting them. I was impressed how fit and fast many of these French Canadians were - busting up and down the large boulders regardless of their age. I am always impressed when I meet people from other countries that come to enjoy hiking our resources - they are often so much more fit than the average American hiker.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:31 ft / 9 m
    Total Elevation Loss:506 ft / 154 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
foggy and then not foggy then foggy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:31 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Nelson Crag Trail
    Start Trailhead:saddle down from Washington  6075 ft / 1851 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:506 ft / 154 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Nelson Crag Trail
    End Trailhead:saddle between Nelson and Ball Crag  5600 ft / 1706 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt Washington

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Washington2011-07-25 b4357 ft / 1328 m
2Ball Crag2011-07-25 c31 ft / 9 m
3Nelson Crag2011-07-25 d35 ft / 11 m
4Ball Crag2011-07-25 e506 ft / 154 m
5Mount Washington2011-07-25 e213 ft / 65 m
Total Trip Gain: 5142 ft / 1567 m    Total Trip Loss: 973 ft / 296 m

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