Ascent of Wildcat D on 2014-10-04

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Date:Saturday, October 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wildcat D
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4062 ft / 1238 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finally finished the NH 4,000 footers list!

I set my alarm for 6:30 AM, but when I turned off my alarm and decided to lie in bed for 15 more minutes, I ended up falling asleep for two more hours, so my Dad and I didn't get to the ski area parking lot until 12:30 PM. Off to a rocky start, but whatever- we made it.

The gondola was closed due to the poor weather, so I'm glad the gondola portion of my would-be crew didn't join us. We headed down a service road and, after a look at the map, headed up the Stray Cat ski trail.

The Stray Cat trail started out by following a service road, then it quickly ascended on a grassy ski slope. Very wet going, but no mud (yet). It was steep in spots, but this would be the steepest portion of the hike. After another steep pitch, we crossed over a pipe and then headed up the Middle Polecat trail.

This trail was straightforward- it followed the service road for its entire length. Not much of note except that we ended up taking Middle Polecat the whole way instead of the whole designated route- this was because I didn't review the designated route beforehand. Oh well.

Eventually we hit Upper Polecat; shortly before that, we went around an excavator doing trail maintenance. From there, it was a moderate ascent to the top gondola station, where we soon decided to hit up Wildcat E for a number of reasons, mostly to get out of the wind and because it was practically right there. From there, we went back to the top gondola station and then made the steep climb up the AT to D's summit. #48- in the bag!

My Dad and I spent a good 1/2 hour or so celebrating, resting, and eating snacks. It was socked-in, windy, and rainy, so we actually ate lunch under the observation deck. After that, we made the 2.6 mile descent to my truck at the ski area base. Mission accomplished!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2200 ft / 670 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Polecat ski trail, Wildcat Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Wildcat Mountain ski area parking lot  1862 ft / 567 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 48 finish

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wildcat E2014-10-04 
2Wildcat D2014-10-042200 ft / 671 m
Total Trip Gain: 2200 ft / 671 m    Total Trip Loss: 2200 ft / 671 m

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