Ascent of North Kinsman Mountain on 2013-05-27

Climber: Michael Berger

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Kinsman Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4293 ft / 1308 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had to be back for a Memorial Day BBQ early this afternoon, I also wanted to bag the Kinsmans today. To do both, I got up at the insanenly early hour of 3 AM, on the trail by 5 AM, off at 11:45 AM and home, showered and at the party by 2 PM - done!

I wasn't sure what to expect, so I packed a full-on winter pack. Of course, it turns out the only two things I left behind would have come in the most handy.

Temp was 31 degrees at the base when I started. Traile started out wait, then very wet, then muddy, then slushy, then packed granular, then 8" of fresh sticky stuff that I had to break out. I was surprised that the trail was well-packed and well-travelled to Kinsman, but the trail was completely fresh between Kinsman and South Kinsman. I had to break out about 8" of sticky snow - the diadvantage of being first on the mountain. Luckily, it's a failrly easy trail between the two.

I ran into the first folks of the hike just after I returned to the north peak. I ran into some folks from my home town - small hiking world.

Going back down felt like hiking through a full rain storm - the sun was up and melting all the snow from the trees. I found that my ball cap worn backwards was great for keeping the snow and cold meltwater from going down my neck.

The skies were beautiful - weather was beautiful. Awesome morning on the mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ascent Part of Trip: Kinsmans

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Kinsman Mountain2013-05-27 
2South Kinsman Mountain2013-05-27 

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