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Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2011-12-27

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Others in Party:Dan
Date:Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2028 ft / 618 m

Ascent Trip Report

My friend Dan and I got to the parking lot at the end of Willard Pond Rd. at about 9:25. This was my first winter hike of the season, and my first time wearing my new microspikes. It was his first winter hike ever. After we got our stuff together and put on the microspikes, we walked to the kiosk to look at the trail map. We chose to take the Tamposi Trail.

The Tamposi Trail started off at a decent grade and then varied in steepness after that. The trail, for the most part, had a layer of snow on it. We crossed a stone wall soon after passing a view of the parking lot from which we started.

I noticed a large boulder to the left of the trail. I took a picture of it, and Dan went around it and saw a cave-like thing that would make a good shelter in bad weather. I took a short video of it and then we continued.

After the boulder cave, the trail got steeper and snowier, and the microspikes were really helping. There was a stream crossing and some rocky parts, and after that, the trail forked. Either fork went to the summit. We chose to take the right fork.

The right fork started off by going along the edge of the mountain near some cliffs, and then ascended to a viewpoint of Willard Pond, Crotched Mountain, Goodhue Hill, and the Pack Monadnocks. We knew that it wasn't the summit, so we didn't spend a lot of time there.

After the viewpoint, the trail continued going up at a moderate to steep grade. The trees got thicker after a few minutes, and the scenery reminded me of the Osceolas and Belknap Mountain. Anyway, we eventually reached the best view of the entire hike.

At that view, the Pack Monadnocks and other small hills and mountains were visible, but the icing on the cake was snow-capped Mount Monadnock. We explored the area for a few minutes and then took a break at a rock-fence.

I noticed that the rest of the mountain rose higher than the viewpoint at which we were, and Dan noticed that too, so we took the trail past the viewpoint toward the rest of the mountain. After about five to ten minutes or so, we reached the summit, which was marked with a cairn and was viewless. We took a picture next to the cairn and continued down the rest of the loop.

Eventually we reached a sign reading "Spur Trail." We followed it for about a minute, but I opted to go back to the main trail because I didn't know where the side trail went, so we did. Soon after that, we got back to the parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:900 ft / 275 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Tamposi Trail
    Trailhead:Willard Pond Rd. parking lot  1128 ft / 343 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Cloudy, chilly, windy



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