Ascent to Mount Garfield-just past 1 switchback on 2013-11-30

Climber: Jeff Swett

Others in Party:Josh Swett
Date:Saturday, November 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Garfield - just past 1 switchback
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3500 ft / 1066 m
    Remaining Elevation:980 ft / 299 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Josh & I thought to try to reach the peak of Mt Garfield on the northern end of the Franconia Ridge via the Garfield trail. We arrived later than I would have liked at the parking area however the day, although cold, appeared to be good for an early winter hike. This was my first hike with a new knee brace. About two hours, and 3 water crossing in we started to see people coming down describing icy conditions. Josh did not have microspikes. My knee was bothering me so about 1/2 way up we turned back. 1. Once there is any potential for snow/ice, everyone has microspikes. Ski poles or hiking poles, especially for the knee brace wearer, would help a lot.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear

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