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Ascent of Garfield Ridge East on 2007-07-21

Climber: Scott Cockrell

Date:Saturday, July 21, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Garfield Ridge East
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3590 ft / 1094 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started late (11:10) -- this is a short bushwhack off of the Garfield Ridge Trail. On the way up, I made the mistake of trying to hit the summit right from the height-of-land on the trail -- this led through a very thick tangle of criss-crossed blowdowns and young evergreens. Eventually, I worked around to the right (west) and found some small traces of herd trails up, well to the right of a cliffy area directly north of the summit. Eventually, I reached a beautiful mossy area with trees comfortably separated, and curled around to the left (east) and came up behind the summit. The actual summit is a rocky area about 6 feet around, with a dropoff to the north, and views of Mt. Garfield off to the west. I found a register in a small PVC container. The last previous visitors had been over a month ago -- they had replaced an old waterlogged register with a new dry one. I took the old wet one home to dry out and mail to the AMC 4000-footer people -- but I fear the only recognizable material will be the picture of "Sponge Bob Squarepants" somebody pasted in it. Afterwards, I followed the trail over to a place that might have worked to try for Garfield Ridge West -- but it just seemed too late, so I left that one for another day. Total trip time -- just under six hours.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Route:gale river trail, garfield ridge trail, bushwhack
    Time Up:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics



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