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Ascent of Mount Starr King on 2010-03-27

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Date:Saturday, March 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Starr King
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3898 ft / 1188 m

Ascent Trip Report

Solo hiked Starr King and Waumbek. Pretty uneventful. Got to the parking lot around 9:15. Started up Starr King bare-booting, but put on crampons about half way up. My Sunglasses constantly fogged up the whole way up, so my vision was so so, but they started staying clear once I reached the summit. Reached the summit about 10:45 or 11, stopped only briefly to take some pictures and gaze at the incredible view of the Presidentials. The day was totally clear though cold, so the view was perfect. I could see Cannon, The Lafayette ridge, to all the way up the Presidentials.

The hike over to Waumbek was fine, though I lost the trail markers a couple times and ended up doing a couple short bushwhacks. Reached the summit of Waumbek at 11:30. There were really no views to be had there, so I found a sunny spot to sit and have lunch. Stayed there about 45 minutes, then headed back to Starr King. I passed 3 groups on the way back to Starr King, and a couple more going down Starr King to the car. Again, pretty uneventful descent. Got back to the car around 1:15 or 1:30. Got back to Boston at 4:20.

A good day of hiking; if not for the views then for the practice for other hikes later in the season.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2258 ft / 689 m
    Elevation Loss:125 ft / 38 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2258 ft / 689 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Starr king Trail
    Trailhead:Starr King Road  1640 ft / 499 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:125 ft / 38 m
    Route:Starr King Trail
    Trailhead:Starr King/Waumbek Col  3773 ft / 1150 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mt Waumbek 3/27/10

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Starr King2010-03-27 a
2Mount Waumbek2010-03-27 b
3Mount Starr King2010-03-27 c



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