Ascent of Knights Castle on 2009-11-22

Climber: Arne Schussler

Date:Sunday, November 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Knights Castle
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4587 ft / 1398 m

Ascent Trip Report

Castle Trail in Bowman to Cornice - Gulfside - Lowes - Spur- Gray Knob - Perch - Emerald - Israel Ridge - Castle - 8hrs. started off cool and progressively more frozen - but light breeze, bright sun and beautiful ice formations on vegetation. Not your normal rime but clear as glass. put on microspikes after 2nd castle and made a huge difference esp. on cornice and coming down from the junction. wanted to hit Sam Adams but not enough time. Took off spikes on way down from Crag then ran into some rocks still frosted in the shade and tops of trees melting dripping on rocks and freezing. Worn out boots made for an interesting descent. Next time leave the spikes on.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Castle-Israel Ridge (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Northwest Castle2009-11-222831 ft / 863 m
2Southeast Castle2009-11-22200 ft / 61 m
3Adams 52009-11-22846 ft / 258 m
4Abigail Adams2009-11-22107 ft / 33 m
5Knights Castle2009-11-22 
6The Quay2009-11-22 
7Emerald Bluff2009-11-22 
Total Trip Gain: 3984 ft / 1215 m    Total Trip Loss: 90 ft / 27 m

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