Ascent of Mount Resolution on 2022-05-01

Climber: Jason Rossman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 1, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Resolution
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3415 ft / 1040 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked my car at Davis Path trailhead and rode my bike 6.75 miles to Mt. Langdon trailhead. Four cars in the main parking area, and one more in the lot across the street. Barebooted all the way to Parker summit. No signs of ice or snow until about 2700'. After taking in the spectacular views of the snow covered Presidentials, I continued on towards Resolution.

In the cols between the 3 humps there was snow, but it was still manageable with bare boots. When I started up Resolution proper, I had to put on the crampons as the ice coming down the slope was too much. Upon leveling out the snow became more prolific and soon I had to put on the snowshoes. There was one set of tracks coming from the other direction since the last snow, but the treadway was not packed down. That combined with the warm temperatures was a recipe for postholing. As I reached the snow free open ledge near the true summit, a trail runner sprang out from my right and scared the crap out of me. He said he had just come from the summit where there were no views. He complained about there being too much snow for running (duh!). We exchanged photos and he headed back towards Crawford.

I checked my GPS and realized he had not come from the true summit. In order to reach the true summit, I would have to bushwhack which I had not planned on doing. It was only 0.12, but there was still deep snow on the ground. I didn't want to come all the way back here in the summer, so I beared down and headed into the trees. It actually wasn't too bad. I popped out into an open area where a small cairn marked the summit and there was a clear view all the way to Mt. Washington. After enjoying the peace & quiet for a few minutes, I headed back to the open ledge following my footprints for the most part but also using points marked on my GPS when necessary.

Back on the trail, I continued toward the junction with Davis Path. Between Resolution and the junction, there were a few times where I switched between bare boots, snow shoes, and crampons. Very frustrating, time consuming and momentum killing. My next goal was to walk the 0.3 path connecting Davis Path and Stairs Col Trail and then back. I started down what I thought was the path and was quickly descending. I hit a dead end and realized I might not be going the right way. I backtracked to the junction and indeed discovered I had made an error. Frustration on top of frustration. I headed down the correct path (which was much easier) and shortly arrived at the Stairs Col Trail. Satisfied, I headed back (all this in snowshoes) and continued on Davis Path.

This next section to the Crawford summit trail was more switching between the 3 modes of traction. Arriving at the Crawford summit trail, I put the snowshoes and crampons away for hopefully the last time. The open slabs of rock were bare, but the wooded areas in between had a bit of icy monorail. Not wanting to dig out the crampons again, I was careful through these short areas. Nearing the summit, a woman and her dog were coming down. After passing them, I had arrived at the summit all to myself. I enjoyed the views and solitude for about 20 minutes before making my way back to the main trail. The rest of the way down to the parking area was uneventful and mostly ice and snow free. A long, frustrating, but successful hike. Spring in the Whites!

START: 10:20am
END: 6:23pm

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:595 ft / 181 m
    Total Elevation Loss:620 ft / 188 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Snowshoes
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:595 ft / 181 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Mt Parker Tr, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:2820 ft / 859 m
    Time:1 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:620 ft / 188 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:bushwhack, Mt Parker Tr
    End Trailhead:2795 ft / 851 m
    Time:52 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Park/Res/Craw

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Parker2022-05-012317 ft / 706 m
2Mount Resolution2022-05-01595 ft / 181 m
3Mount Crawford2022-05-01324 ft / 99 m
Total Trip Gain: 3236 ft / 986 m    Total Trip Loss: 2941 ft / 896 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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