Ascent of Mount Garfield on 2007-12-01

Climber: M (whichway) Lardiere

Others in Party:Chris Schlegel
Date:Saturday, December 1, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Garfield
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4480 ft / 1365 m

Ascent Trip Report

Company on a hike was nice for a change. I met Chris at the Cascade coffee house in N. Woodstock. I ordered a breakfast sandwich and had half of it wrapped to go to eat on the trail. Chris offered to drive from there, so all of the gear was piled in and we parked at the intersection with the (closed for winter) Gale River Loop Rd, right off of Rte 3. The thermometer in the car read 12 degrees . Walking to the trailhead on the road added 1.2mi to the ascent. I had a few issues with brook crossings near the beginning - Chris lent me a pole for each - but i still managed to put my foot in the water for one of them. i managed to pull the foot out quickly enough that moisture only made it down to the ankle of my wicking socks. luckily it stopped there because it was much too cold to stop moving, let alone remove stabilicers, remove a boot, and change socks. the trail grading was gentle for most of the way so the only other challenge was keeping my extremities warm. It didn't halp that I ran out of energy after mile 4, realised that not only had i left my half-sandwich in the car, but it was much too cold to stop to eat. the infamous .2mi on the Garfield Ridge tr wasn't bad at all; I suspect that it may be more difficult in warm weather when sheer rock doesn't allow for stabilicers or cramp-ons. Chris tried to point out some of the more prominent peaks in the region, but the summit was in the clouds so views were very limited. The large firetower foundation would have provided great shelter from the wind had it been warm enough to stay for more than 10 min. hiking back to the car was peaceful in the quiet of the woods; the only others we ran into were a group of ~10 AMC folk who had gone before us, conveniently packing down the snow on the trail. I was especially cold on the way down, and Chris lent me a hand-warmer. Temp at the car was still 12 degrees when we returned.
We returned to N Woodstock, unloaded my gear and shared a meal at Truant's. On the way home, I realised that I left the stabilicers behind in her car - not surprising due to my being totally pooped.
Note to self:
- Consume all of the calories i will need before hitting the trail.
- Acquire warm mittens.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3130 ft / 954 m
    Distance:12.4 mi / 20 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3130 ft / 954 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Garfield tr to Garfield Ridge tr
    Trailhead:Rte 3 / Gale River Loop Rd intersection  1350 ft / 411 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Garfield Ridge tr to Garfield tr
    Trailhead:Rte 3 / Gale River Loop Rd intersection  
    Time Down:3 Hours 0 Minutes

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