Ascent of Mount Tecumseh on 2012-01-15

Climber: John N

Others in Party:Cullen Roberts & Keith (Cullen's Friend)
Date:Sunday, January 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Tecumseh
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Set out at ~11:30 to summit Mount Tecumseh and ski down the Waterville valley ski area. We hiked from the Waterville Valley parking lot along the Tecumseh Trail. It was very cold, 1F in the parking lot, estimated (-10) at the summit. We packed up the skis onto our backpacks and I wore snowshoes the entire way up. The trail was pretty well packed most of the way, though we only saw 5 others on the entire trail. The first mile to 1.5 was fairly easy with not much elevation gain. I was sweating during this entire leg of the trip, only wearing a base layer on the top. From here it got a bit colder and steeper. After about another half mile we reached a junction and dropped our packs. We ate a bit of curry that Cullen had made and hiked (jogged)up to the summit from there. After a quick picture and some fantastic views of the tripyramids we hustled back down to get our stuff. From there we took the Sosman Trail over to the summit of Waterville Valley. There were only two sets of footprints here in ~8" of fresh powder. At the summit of Waterville we changed into our ski boots, clicked in and rode back down to the car. Putting the ski boots on was a huge challenge as the shells had become rock hard in the frigid temperatures. After we got back to the base we went inside to warm up a bit and then returned to the house in Woodstock.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2179 ft / 664 m
    Elevation Loss:2179 ft / 664 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Frigid, Calm, Clear
0 - (-10) and clear, very cold
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2179 ft / 664 m
    Extra Loss:64 ft / 19 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Tecumseh Trail
    Trailhead:Waterville Valley Parking Lot  1888 ft / 575 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2115 ft / 645 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Sosman Trail > Waterville Ski Trails
    Trailhead:Waterville Valley Parking Lot  1888 ft / 575 m
    Time Down:45 Minutes

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