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Ascent of North Twin on 2014-07-14

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 14, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Twin
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4761 ft / 1451 m

Ascent Trip Report

What an awesome day to bag #40 and 41!

I approached the Twins from the parking area on Haystack Rd, setting out on the 4.3 mile North Twin Trail at 7:55 AM. It and the herd path had easy grades all the way to the third crossing of Little River. The trail started out on an old road corridor of sorts, making a few minor stream crossings en route. At 0.8 mile, I came to the first Little River crossing and immediately veered left onto the herd path that bypassed this and the second crossing.

The herd path was very well-beaten, albeit rough in a few spots. At 1.3 mi, I rejoined the North Twin Trail and followed it up and down a steep bank to the third crossing (no herd path). Remembering that this crossing is difficult at high water, which it seemed to be today, I took off my socks and boots and waded across to the trail on the other side. Cold, but refreshing.

From here, the trail's grade picked up and I made a few more minor stream crossings. At this point, it was so humid that I was drenched in sweat, and I also doubted my ability to make it to South Twin. (This was all moot, as I ended up going over to it after all.) After the last one I remember, the grade became more moderate, then the trail swung left and became much steeper and rougher. It wasn't a long stretch, though, and at 4.2 mi, I came to an excellent outlook ledge, and at 4.3 mi, I arrived at North Twin's partially wooded summit. I investigated the outlook to the right, deduced that I had attained the tippity-top, then took a breather and headed over to South Twin.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2950 ft / 899 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2950 ft / 899 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:North Twin Trail/herd path
    Start Trailhead:Haystack Rd.  1811 ft / 551 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: The Twins

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1North Twin2014-07-142950 ft / 899 m
2South Twin2014-07-14450 ft / 137 m
Total Trip Gain: 3400 ft / 1036 m    Total Trip Loss: 300 ft / 91 m



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