Ascent of Nelson Crag on 2010-07-24

Climber: Christopher Nichols

Date:Saturday, July 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nelson Crag
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:5635 ft / 1717 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my 2nd Seek the Peak for the Mount Washington Observatory. Weather had been damp and the trail was very wet. The walk along the trail from Pinkham notch was quiet. Once I hit the intersection with the Nelson Crag trail it was up, up, up. The trail was easy to follow, for the most part, but has grown in significantly, many areas I had to ture sideways to pass through overgrown branches.

Clearing the treeline was a bit of a scramble but finally found enough flat group to sit and enjoy the view down into Pinkham Notch and over to Wildcat. The most challenging part of the trail came after passing by the auto road. A quick climb then a bit of a lurch over a larg rock without much to grab. As I approached Nelson Crag the wind picked up and the clouds settled in. Wind gusted to over 50 mph and the wet rocks provided little traction. I was socked in when I reached Nelson Crag, so I continued on to the summit of Washington. Hearing cars on the auto road but not being able to see them was weird. Once I crossed the auto road I quickly crossed the Cog Railway tracks. I wasn't much more than 100 yards past the tracks when I heard, but could not see the train pass. I was about 20 feet from the summit building when I finally saw it.

The Summit didn't clear while I was up there, but coming down over Lyons Head things cleared up and had some spectacular views.

As usualy, Seek the Peak was a blast!!!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Trailhead:Pinkham Notch Visitors Center  
Descent Statistics

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