Ascent of Wildcat Mountain on 2011-11-06

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Date:Sunday, November 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wildcat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4422 ft / 1347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following our previous day's struggle through the Carter range, Éric and Stéphanie decided to take it easy and hike out by the 19 miles brook trail while I would hike over the Wildcat range and meet them at Pinkham Notch after they went to retrieve the car in Gorham.

We woke up around 7:00am and went to the main hut to eat breakfast. Everybody was still mostly asleep but it quickly filled. We then went back to prepare our stuff while the sun was rising over the valley. It was bright and warmer than the day before outside. Soon we were ready to leave and went to thank the caretaker before heading out at 8:15am.

After a few hundred meters, I split from my partners along the wildcat range trail. Going uphill was quite easy with few ice patches. I was the first up this side but the trail was well worn in. It wasn't long that the grade leveled off and I reached an open spot from where I could see the hut. The GPS showed me I was at the summit. It was now 8:50am. I had made it up very quickly and now it was only a matter of hiking the range over slight bumps and then back down to highway 16.

From where I was, the grade became very easy descending towards the col that I passed without noticing.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1249 ft / 379 m
    Elevation Loss:257 ft / 77 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1216 ft / 369 m
    Extra Loss:82 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Wildcat Ridge trail
    Trailhead:Carter Notch hut  3288 ft / 1002 m
    Time Up:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:175 ft / 53 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Wildcat Ridge trail
    Trailhead:Wildcat B col  4280 ft / 1304 m
    Time Down:10 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: White Mountains (November 2011) (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Surprise2011-11-05 a
2Mount Moriah2011-11-05 b
3North Carter Mountain2011-11-05 c
4Mount Lethe2011-11-05 d
5Middle Carter Mountain2011-11-05 e
6South Carter Mountain2011-11-05 f
7Carter Dome2011-11-05 g
7Wildcat Mountain2011-11-06 a
8Wildcat B2011-11-06 b
9Wildcat C2011-11-06 c
10Wildcat D2011-11-06 d
11Wildcat E2011-11-06 e
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel Couët
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