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Ascent of Mount Waumbek on 2011-12-28

Climber: Kirk Kauffman

Others in Party:Rufus (dog)
Date:Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Waumbek
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4006 ft / 1221 m

Ascent Trip Report

I got the week off from work so Rufus (dog) and I headed up to the mountains. I got a new pair of snowshoes for Christmas so I was hoping to try them out.

We got the Starr King Trailhead around 10:00 and hit the trail by 10:15. It started to snow on the way up but there was no need for snowshoes all day. Bummer. It was a bit icy, though, so microspikes worked perfect. We made it to the summit of Starr King at 12:10. We stopped to take a couple of pictures of the chimney then it was on to Waumbek. We hit the Waumbek summit at 12:35 and took a ten minute break to take a few pictures and eat a quick lunch. It was cold and windy so we didn't stay too long. We were back to the truck by 2:10.

We ran into 6 other people and 1 other dog on the trail. I felt bad for a guy I ran into half way down. He had hit the Starr King summit and thought it was Waumbek so he turned around. When I told him it wasn't, he had to turn around and go back up. I hope he made it!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2706 ft / 824 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:Starr King Trail
    Trailhead:Starr King Trailhead  1600 ft / 487 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 45 Minutes



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