Ascent of North Kinsman Mountain on 2017-03-19

Climber: Scott Dresser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 19, 2017
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 Report

My usual hiking partner Emily wasn't around this weekend, but the weather reports for the north country were too good to ignore. So Sunday I woke up before 4am and made the 2 hour drive north to Franconia to do my first true winter solo. Parked off 93 in the Lafayette Place lot and was the first one to start up Lonesome Lake Trail at 6:55am. Early going up to Lonesome Lake was a piece of cake, all packed powder and microspikes did the trick.

Upon arriving at the lake I was a little disappointed to see that both Kinsmans were in the clouds but the view of Franconia Ridge from the hut was very nice as the sun rose behind the clouds partially covering the ridge. Folks were just waking up inside the hut so I headed up Fishin' Jimmys and after getting over the relatively flat first mile put on my snowshoes for both traction and to deal with the trail which still wasn't 100% packed after the big snow earlier in the week.

Fishin' Jimmys was a hard hike as I had expected. There are 3 major pitches where I was glad I had snowshoes on, I had crampons in my pack, but didn't go quite that far. Once I got up to the Kinsman Ridge trail there were another several steep sections to North Kinsman. The clouds had cleared the peak by the time I arrived so I took in the nice views of Franconia Ridge at the ledge before heading up the ridge to South Kinsman.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2798 ft / 852 m
    Total Elevation Loss:267 ft / 81 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
10F at parking lot, warmed into 20's during day. Some clouds early and completely clear at end. No w
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2798 ft / 852 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2531 ft / 771 m; Extra: 267 ft / 81m
    Loss on way in:267 ft / 81 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Lonesome Lake, Fishin' Jimmys, Kinsman Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Lafayette Place Lot  1762 ft / 537 m
    Time:2 Hours 56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: North Kinsman South Kinsman

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Kinsman Mountain2017-03-192798 ft / 853 m
2South Kinsman Mountain2017-03-19909 ft / 277 m
Total Trip Gain: 3707 ft / 1130 m    Total Trip Loss: 3671 ft / 1119 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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