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Ascent of Mount Cardigan on 2015-03-21

Climber: Chris Calabrese

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, March 21, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Cardigan
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3123 ft / 951 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did Cardigan via the West Ridge Trail. The road to the trailhead was closed for the season so I parked at the entrance and hiked up to the trail. There were three other cars there and it was partly cloudy when I started. For the most part the trail was well broken all the way to the rocky summit, so my micro spikes were sufficient. It was a clear sunny day by the time I reached the top and ran into about a dozen other hikers including a group of children. Clear views in every direction on top including Camel's Hump and Mansfield in Vermont to the West and Northwest.

On the descent, I slid down on my butt in a few spots. 2 hours up, 1 hour down to the car. Spectacular day on Cardigan.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Road / West Ridge Trail
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 



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