Ascent of Mount Whiteface on 2011-07-23

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Saturday, July 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Whiteface
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Today is gonna be hot, we are in the middle of a heat wave in the Northeast, but I am hoping it will be a little bit cooler in the woods. Lots of water and water purifier is important today.
Gudi left me off at the Livermore Road Trail at 7:45, she and Kaekae are driving around and will meet me at Passaconaway (or at least that is the plan for now).
Actually the weather this morning is not what the weather man was predicting, should I be surprised? It is cloudy and very light drizzle every once in awhile. It is actually quite refreshing so I wasn’t complaining.
The walk along the Livermore Road to the start of the North Slide was very pleasant, not steep at all. But then came the North Slide, wow, what a challenge! The sun was shining brightly now and the views were wonderful, the best I had all day to be exact. I read a lot about the slide and how it is dangerous when it is wet. Today was perfectly dry and so the footing was great, but I can’t imagine how difficult it would be when it is wet!
Earlier I met up with one other hiker along the Livermore Trail who gave me some tips on what to pay attention to on the way up the slide. He mentioned to stay to the left and look for the cairn that marks the trail as you duck back into the woods. I tried staying the ‘middle left’ as at times the slide if very wide and at one time the left side just kinda ended. Once in a while I found yellow blazes that marked the way. The slide is just about straight up, I’m glad I started here with fresh legs! But the views back into the valley and across to the Osceolas made it worth the climb. I reached the summit of North Tripyramid at 10:00am, a little bit winded but feeling good.
The walk over to Mt. Tripyramid was done quick and easy in about 30 minutes. There were some restricted views to Tecumseh and the ski trails of Waterville Valley. I continued along the Mt. Tripyramid trail and reached the summit of the South Peak at 10:45.
I was glad I didn’t have to go all the way down the South Slide, but I was also a bit worried I would miss the Kate Sleeper Trail so I was extra cautious as I descended.
The walk along the Kate Sleeper trail was very pleasant, easy going through the woods. Other than the gentleman I saw earlier this morning, I haven’t seen anyone else. I crossed over West Sleeper at 11:20 and reached the peak of East Sleeper at 11:50. Along the way I passed through what must have been the winter hangout for some moose, there was just piles and piles of moose droppings, nothing fresh but there sure was a lot of it.
I can feel that it is getting pretty hot, but at least I am in the shade. Just before I reach the Rollins trail my daughter called to say she wasn’t feeling that well and so she is going to go back down the Dicey’s Mill trail and wait for me at the river crossing. (The heat is taking a toll on her I think.)
I reached the wooded peak of Mt. Whiteface at 12:45. When I arrived there I was a bit disappointed that there were no views, I guess I should have done the 200 meters back down the trail to the ledges when got to the end of the Kate Sleeper trail, oh well. The walk along the Rollins Trail seemed to take forever, it wasn’t bad going, but the length of the hike on this hot day was getting to me and now that Gudi and Kaekae weren’t going to meet me on Passaconaway, some of my motivation was gone. It was nice to hit the Dicey’s Mill trail but then the climbing soon started. It certainly wasn’t as steep as the North Slide to the Tripyramids, but it’s much later in the day and my legs are starting to feel it. After checking out the summit, I accompanied a couple hikers on a nice outcropping for some late lunch. I headed back down the Dicey’s Mill trail at 2:30pm. As always, the hike back down the mountain seems to take forever! Met up with Gudi 1.5 km from the Tom Wiggens trail and then caught up with Kaekae who was chillin’ at the brook crossing. Took some time here to refill our water supply (yes, we use a filtration system just in case) and continue our trek toward civilization. We got to the trail head parking at 4:35, a long but pretty successful day!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Very Hot in the afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Trailhead:Livermore Road Trail  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Tripyramids-Passaconaway

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Tripyramid2011-07-23 a
2Middle Tripyramid2011-07-23 b
3South Tripyramid2011-07-23 c
4West Sleeper2011-07-23 d
5East Sleeper2011-07-23 e
6Mount Whiteface2011-07-23 f
7Mount Passaconaway2011-07-23 g

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