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Ascent of Bread Loaf Mountain on 2016-02-21

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Sunday, February 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bread Loaf Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3835 ft / 1168 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked out-and-back on the Long Trail, starting from Middlebury Gap on Route 125. I followed the ridge, going over Kirby Peak, Boyce Mtn, Battell Mtn, Bread Loaf Mtn and turning around once I reached the summit of Mt. Wilson. The Long Trail doesn't go over the summit of Kirby Peak, so that was a short bushwhack. I don't have the exact mileage for the whole trip, but I think it was roughly 15 miles total.

Notes:

* There were tracks in the snow on the Long Trail and all the joining trails, up to Bread Loaf Mountain. There were no tracks in the snow between Bread Loaf and Mt. Wilson, so I had to break out that section of trail, with snowshoes. Route-finding was a little tricky in spots, but overall not too difficult. It didn't appear that anyone had recently been to Emily Proctor Shelter.

* I saw one group of four who hiked out-and-back from Middlebury Gap to Boyce Shelter, but no one else was out on the trails today.

* Snow depth increased steadily with elevation, requiring snowshoes at some point. I had almost decided to leave the snowshoes in the car, as I haven't needed them much this winter, with below-average snow. Luckily I carried them anyway, and in fact Mt. Wilson would have been much too difficult without snowshoes. Without the shoes, it would have meant at least knee-deep post-holing all the way from Bread Loaf to Wilson.

* There aren't many views along this section of the Long Trail, or from any of the summits. There were spots along the trail where there might be limited views through the trees, but in any case I was in the clouds so I couldn't see anything anyway. There are well-known vistas near the Breadloaf and Wilson summits, which gives me a good reason to come back here sometime when the views might be better. Plus there are other trails leading up to these peaks that I'd like to check out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:435 ft / 132 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:435 ft / 132 m
    Route:Long Trail northbound
    Start Trailhead:Middlebury Gap  3400 ft / 1036 m
Descent Statistics



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