Ascent of North Kinsman Mountain on 2015-01-25
|Others in Party:||Sara Larkin|
|Date:||Sunday, January 25, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||North Kinsman Mountain|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4293 ft / 1308 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI started this trip with my daughter and her boyfriend who decided to bring their dog, which was a mistake (I told them - lol). We were going up the Kinsman Ridge trail after splitting off from the Cascade Brook trail when my daughter decided about 3 miles into the hike that the daughter shouldn't go any further (I agreed completely). The snow was very deep on the trail - at times I would sink up to my hips. Since my daughter hadn't brought snow shoes (as I had recommended) I also left mine behind. Naturally, this made the climb that much more difficult even though this particular trail isn't extremely steep and I imagine in the summer months is probably an easy, pleasant climb. I was completely exhausted by the time I reached Kinsman pond which was, of course, completely frozen over. I decided that rather than struggle with the trail which was now extremely difficult to traverse, I would just cross the pond to that AT. That was the ticket because up to that point I wasn't quite sure I would have the time to make the summit. But I did and with time to spare because (of course) the trip down was much shorter.
It was an exhausting hike but overall, extremely satisfying because it was absolutely awesome being on a frozen lake at 4000 feet and it was gorgeous there but also because I really did think it was going to be a fail and I didn't give up.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Crampons|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
Mostly clear with good views of the other peaks
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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