Ascent of North Carter Mountain on 2011-11-05

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Stéphanie Beauregard
Éric Deschênes
Date:Saturday, November 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Carter Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4520 ft / 1377 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the Stony Brook trail junction, we kept going towards Imp Shelter. I was following the course on my GPS periodically and it was clear the trail marked on the maps was an old route that has since changed. When we got closer and I realized we'd have to hike down a bit more than we wanted to get to the shelter, we chose a nice sunny and protected spot for our lunch.

After eating, we resumed our hike towards North Carter. We soon reached the Imp Shelter cutoff, around 1:35pm. We could see North Carter's imposing north face, and after circling around Imp Mountain, we quickly reached its bottom. Everyone was still fresh but this pitch was quite difficult. We had packs and the grade often required some scrambling over iced up rock slabs. Ice was the prime difficulty the entire way and it took us over an hour to climb to the summit. As soon as we reached a more gentle grade, we hit the summit. There weren't many views to the north, but some to the east, as the summit area is a small clearing in the forest. It was now 3:00pm.

We didn't linger as time was running short and resumed our way on the Carter Mountain ridge. Getting down to the col was short work, roughly taking 15 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1544 ft / 470 m
    Total Elevation Loss:204 ft / 61 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2, 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1544 ft / 470 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1380 ft / 420 m; Extra: 164 ft / 49m
    Loss on way in:164 ft / 49 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Carter-Moriah trail
    Start Trailhead:Stony Brook trail junction  3140 ft / 957 m
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Carter-Moriah trail
    End Trailhead:North Carter trail junction  4480 ft / 1365 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: White Mountains (November 2011) (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Surprise2011-11-05 a1433 ft / 437 m
2Mount Moriah2011-11-05 b2184 ft / 666 m
3North Carter Mountain2011-11-05 c1544 ft / 471 m
4Mount Lethe2011-11-05 d 
5Middle Carter Mountain2011-11-05 e268 ft / 82 m
6South Carter Mountain2011-11-05 f253 ft / 77 m
7Carter Dome2011-11-05 g1031 ft / 314 m
7Wildcat Mountain2011-11-06 a1249 ft / 381 m
8Wildcat B2011-11-06 b73 ft / 22 m
9Wildcat C2011-11-06 c171 ft / 52 m
10Wildcat D2011-11-06 d282 ft / 86 m
11Wildcat E2011-11-06 e355 ft / 108 m
Total Trip Gain: 8843 ft / 2696 m    Total Trip Loss: 7621 ft / 2323 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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