Ascent of Mount Major on 2010-05-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Sunday, May 16, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Major
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1786 ft / 544 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today's goal was to climb the remaining 7 peaks on PB'S "Belknap Range Summits" List, East of Round Pond.
I started out at the TH, the large parking area northeast of Mount Major, on hwy #11 North of Alton. I ascended to Mount Major via the Main Trail, over to Straightback South, then a counter clockwise loop over Straightback/Quarry/Rand/Klem/Mack/Anna and back Straightback South. I then returned to Major and descended via the Main Trail back to the TH parking ...... 11.8 miles, 7 hours RT

Overall the mostly wooded trails were well maintained and moderately easy, except for the Quarry Trail (Straightback South to Klem) ...... steep, very rough, poorly blazed and hard to follow in a number of places.

The summits were wooded with no views except for Major, Straightback South and Mack. The panorama of Lake Winnipesaukee area from the Mount Major summit is simply outstanding, evidenced by the huge number of people (lot of families). I'm always impressed how easily young kids can go up and down mountains.
There were well over 100 cars at the TH parking, it overflowed onto the highway. This is a popular place.

The only real negative today and yesterday were the black flies ..... really bad, I had no bug spray. I moved all day with very few stops due to the dam black flies, I had to eat on the run stopping only to get stuff out of my backpack. I would have loved to lay on an open vista and enjoy the scenery. I ended the day somewhat fatigued.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1136 ft / 346 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1136 ft / 346 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:main trail from east side parking at hwy #11
    Start Trailhead: TH parking on hwy #11 N of Alton  650 ft / 198 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:to straight back
Ascent Part of Trip: major

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Major2010-05-16 a1136 ft / 346 m
2Straightback South2010-05-16 b400 ft / 122 m
3Straightback Mountain2010-05-16 c150 ft / 46 m
4Quarry Mountain-East Peak2010-05-16 d140 ft / 43 m
5West Quarry2010-05-16 e144 ft / 44 m
6Rand Mountain2010-05-16 f283 ft / 86 m
7Klem Mountain2010-05-16 g321 ft / 98 m
8Mack Mountain2010-05-16 h185 ft / 56 m
9Anna Mountain2010-05-16 i360 ft / 110 m
10Straightback Mountain2010-05-16 j480 ft / 146 m
11Mount Major2010-05-16 k276 ft / 84 m
Total Trip Gain: 3875 ft / 1181 m    Total Trip Loss: 470 ft / 142 m

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