Ascent of North Brother on 2013-08-03

Climber: Will Hoyt

Date:Saturday, August 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Brother
    Elevation:4151 ft / 1265 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with Four Seasons Hiking Group, It is a long ride to Baxter 4.5 hours from Portsmouth NH where we met our friends. We stayed at a friend’s camp on Twin Lake. It is a cool old log cabin right on the water. On Saturday morning we drove another 1.5 hours to the North Brother Mountain trailhead on narrow dirt roads. It was a cloudy cool morning. Nothing eventful until someone disturbed a nest of wasps and three people got stung multiple times. Then the trail turned into a stream so we sloshed up the stream until it ran out and scrambled up the rocky top of North Brother and had a quick lunch. Beautiful views all around but a huge thunderstorm was moving in so we scrambled down the opposite side into the thick brush and trees. We were heading to Fort Mountain, which was only 1 mile away but there is no official trail so you have to find your own way and try to follow a herd path through thick brush and forest. Then it started pouring rain. So we had to push our way through thick wet woods and even with rain jackets we were all muddy and soaked to the bone. We finally made it to the top of Fort Mountain and the sun came out and we had another beautiful view, but it was windy and cold so we changed into dry clothes. Some people even put on gloves and hats. Fort Mountain is a long open ridge and a plane crashed just below the ridge back in the 1960s. We couldn’t find the plane crash though only few bolts and pieces of metal. Then we had to bushwhack back the way we came to North Brother. We got lost a few times but finally made it back. Everyone was muddy, scratched, scraped and/or bleeding. One guy got stabbed by a sharp stick in the leg and we had to bandage him up. We were totally exhausted so we rested a few minutes and ate again then headed down. We were supposed to then swing southeast and climb South Brother and Mt Coe but it was getting late and everyone was tired so we went back to the cars and had some post hike refreshments.
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