Ascent of Mount Tom on 2014-11-16
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, November 16, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4051 ft / 1234 m|
Ascent Trip ReportIt was about 20 degrees at the Trailhead and cloudy. Ethan Pond Trail starts off fairly steep but then levels out (more or less) till Ethan Pond trail breaks left and the ascent continues on Willey Range trail which is extremely steep and a difficult climb. Ice and snow added to that difficulty. Despite the cold, by the time I attained the summit, of Mount Willey, I was drenched in sweat. The gloves and hat had come up and I headed to Mount Field. Due to the difficulty of the ascent to Mount Willey, I was feeling pretty spent, but I continued on anyway. A light snow had begun and by the time I reached Mount Tom, it was coming down fairly steadily. The return trip was brutal - my legs were very tired from that initial ascent and I couldn't wait to get to the descent on the other side of Willey. Naturally, after completing this intense hike, I felt much better about myself - especially after I got a coffee and a beer.
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