Ascent of Mount Cabot on 2012-02-19

Climber: John N

Others in Party:Cullen
Date:Sunday, February 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Cabot
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4160 ft / 1267 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left the Ski Haus at ~9:30 to set off to Mount Cabot. When we arrived at the trailhead ad 11:30 after a circuitous route there were a surprising amount, 3, of cars already there. There was one couple who had already climbed Waumbeck that day and were now going for Cabot. We decided we would take the long way around and make a loop of it, up the Unknown Pond Trail to the Kilkenny Ridge. As we reached the top of the Unknown Pond Trail and along the Kilkenny Ridge we started to post hole. As we approached the top of Cabot the going got very difficult, in some places the snow was nearly waist deep. Should have brought the snow shoes. On the way up we also saw quite a bit of moose track as well as some bear track. At one point on the trail we saw the site of a bear attack on a rabbit. At the top we stopped into the cabin and had a quick lunch of masaman curry. We hurried back onto the trail as by this point it was 4pm and we knew we didn't have much light left. We hurried down the mountain over a well packed trail and arrived at the car at 5:30. On the way home we stopped in Conway at the Moat Mountain Brewery and had a delicious meal of BBQ and Beer. This, unexpectedly, turned out to be one of the toughest hikes of the year (mostly due to bad decisions)
Deep snow, no snowshoes start @11:30, end at 5:30
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1238 ft / 376 m
    Elevation Loss:3518 ft / 1070 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.4 km
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:468 ft / 142 m
    Extra Loss:258 ft / 78 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Kilkenny Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:The Bulge  3950 ft / 1203 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3260 ft / 992 m
    Extra Gain:770 ft / 234 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9.1 km
    Route:Kilkenny Ridge > Bunnell Notch > York Pond
    Trailhead:York Pond Trailhead  1670 ft / 509 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Cabot

Complete Trip Sequence:
1The Bulge2012-02-19 a
2Mount Cabot2012-02-19 b

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