Ascent of Mount Carrigain on 2007-10-14

Climber: M (whichway) Lardiere

Others in Party:solo
Date:Sunday, October 14, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Carrigain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4680 ft / 1426 m

Ascent Trip Report

Raining on and off for the two hour drive over. Trailhead easy to find. Pleasant walk in for the first couple of miles, despite a sprinkle of rain. As i continued the ascent, the terrain grew much steeper and the weather changed from light rain, to light sleet for about half a mile, to light snow for the rest of the trail up to the viewing platform.
Felt exceptionally tired on the steeper part of the trail; various parties headed down the mountain confirmed my low estimates of distance to the summit. i was told that i would reach a clearing from which i would see the platform in the distance and that it was another 15min from there. There was a total white-out at the clearing, however. i chatted with a couple of guys who were calling for their friend to hurry back - apparently he was from FL and wanted to see the viewing platform while the other two stayed behind. on my way out, i crossed paths with the Floridian. He advised me, with wide eyes, to experience the "rush" he had felt by heading up the tower and taking "two deep breaths of cold air". i spent a couple of minutes at the short platform reached by two flights of stairs, surrounded by fog, high winds, and light snow. impressed by the laterally aimed ice protruding from the platform railing, i did feel as though i had walked in through the door of winter.
On my way back to the clearing, i was approached by a grey jay. He flew away when he realised that i didn't have a snack ready for him. The descent was more or less a replay of the trip up; light snow, slippery rocks, then some light rain. My raincoat kept me warm for much of the day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3200 ft / 975 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Signal Ridge tr
    Trailhead:Sawyer River Road  1480 ft / 451 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 40 Minutes

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