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Ascent of Croydon Peak on 2010-04-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Park Super (Gerry) dropped me off at TH
Date:Friday, April 16, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Croydon Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2756 ft / 840 m

Ascent Trip Report

My first visit to a private Animal Park. This climb completes my PB'S New Hampshire Lists for County Highpoints and for County Prominence Peaks.

I got up to a light drizzle and about 1 inch of wet snow on the ground, the conditions weren't ideal but good enough ...... I came down here primarily for this Peak and Red Hill in order to complete 3 PB NH lists, so there is no way that I will abort.

Gerry, the Park Superintendent, drove-up/opened the Park's Main Gate right on schedule, we had agreed last week to meet today at 11hoo hours, I got here 30 minutes early. After the usual introductions he told me that he called my house early this morning informing me of the poor weather. Rose told him "He left yesterday and is aware of the weather conditions, he'll be there on schedule".
I signed a responsibility waiver and paid Gerry the 50$ entry fee before being driven to the TH inside the Park on the south side of the mountain. He'll pick me up at 13h00 hours to drive me back to my van at the Main Gate.

The wide trail was covered with 2-3 inches of fresh wet snow, somewhat deeper higher up. I started out in a light rain and no wind, summitted with sleet, windy and 100 foot visibility. I wore full rain gear and my old leather scarpa boots (I had tied-on spikes but didn't use them, should have).The climb is moderate up the southwest ridge.

The short Fire Tower sits on a huge rock, (Gerry told me that it was helicoptered-in last summer), the old Warden's Cabin is boarded-up. The summit offers good views but not today which was ok with me ..... I wasn't here for views. I got out of there fast after taking a few photos.

Overall the moderate ascent/descent went ok inspite the conditions, I slipped a few times (should have wore my spikes) and one time (on a flat part of the trail on the descent) I tripped on a branch and fell face first, no damage done.
I arrived back at the TH 5 minutes late, it was raining somewhat harder and my outer wear completely wet, Gerry was waiting. After giving me a tour of some of the Park's features, he dropped me off at the gate, it was raining real heavy. It is quite an ordeal to take-off your wet gear inside the car, I am not as pliable as I used to be.. ...... overall 2.5 miles, 1 1/2 hour RT.

Croydon Peak is in a 25,000 acre Private Hunting Park, owned by The Blue Mountain Association, access is by appointment only (not during the hunting seasons) call Gerry, the Park Superintendent, at 6038633250. There is a 50$ entry fee.

I was really pleased with my visit today, not because I bagged the Peak but because of the Hunting Park. I had never been in a Hunting park before so today's visit was extremely interesting. Gerry was a great host, he took the time to explain/show many features of the Park;
...... the Park is completely fenced in and Gerry insures that they are ridden on a regular basis, it is divided into equal lots for the members private use, a network of roads services the lots,
.... it is completely self contained with all the equipment and services required to operate the Park, it has lodging for the members, superintendent quarters, butcher shop with a freezing plant, incinerator, etc.,
.... they've cleared/planted grazing fields, installed feeding stations and sanctuary for the animals. I saw herds of elk and boars, turkeys (May is turkey hunting season), deer and birds. At one time they even had buffalo, moose is not allowed in the Park.
Gerry is a real nice guy, full of information, I must thank him for his hospitality.

DIRECTIONS TO THE PARK.
The Park's Main Entrance is on Central Station Road (southeast of the Peak), to get there find your way to Croydon Flat (from I89, exit 13, travel south on Hwy #10) located on west side of #10 just north of a bridge over a brook at a bend in the highway. Travel on Croydon Brook Road (west side of highway) for .25 miles to a right turn on Central Station Road, the Entrance is at 1.5 miles.

In spite of the continuing poor weather I will drive/overnight in the Red Hill area and climb same tomorrow.

"HOW GLORIOUS A GREETING THE SUN GIVES ONES OUTLOOK."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1063 ft / 324 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:from south side mountain road inside park
    Trailhead:main gate for blue mtn forest assoc  1693 ft / 516 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, White-out



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