Ascent of South Hancock on 2011-10-29

Climber: Jennifer Plaza

Others in Party:Several members of the AMC Boston Chapter.
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Hancock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4319 ft / 1316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Under a threat of a Winter Storm Warning, we hiked both Mt. Hancock and South Hancock. There was snow on the ground during the entire hike with more snow at higher elevations. It was very cold, low thirties at the trailhead, mid-twenties at the summit. I utilized my new microspikes for the descent from South Hancock. The snow storm began as we were leaving and the roads heading south were very dangerous with little to no visibility. It took approximately five hours to drive to Boston.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:81 ft / 25 m
    Elevation Loss:2190 ft / 668 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Cold, overcast.
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:81 ft / 25 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Hancock Loop Trail
    Trailhead:Summit of Mt. Hancock  4400 ft / 1341 m
    Time Up:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2190 ft / 668 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Hancock Loop Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Hancock Loo
    Trailhead:Hancock Overlook Parking Lot  2129 ft / 648 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Loop of Mt. Hancock and South Hancock

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Hancock2011-10-29
2South Hancock2011-10-29

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