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Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2012-04-12

Climber: David Natanis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, April 12, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3300 ft / 1005 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bald Mountain is closed from April 15th to Memorial Day for the Spring wet season. I thought I would get in a semi-winter hike today. It turned into more of a winter hike then I thought. The parking area at about 1800 feet was free of snow, dry and about 50 degrees. I left the area wearing regular hiking boots, sweat pants, a long sleeve undershirt and a vest. About 1/2 mile up the trail I spotted a perfect small tree down and snapped off the best walking stick I have ever made. I had reason to be VERY glad of that stick later.

So 1 mile into the hike I started to encounter and inch or two of snow on the ground. Then the steep ascent began and within another 1/2 mile I was up to probably 4 inches of snow. The last 1/2 mile had snow over my boots! The last 1/4 of the mile I lost the trail in the snow - the blazes were covered on the threes and the untracked snow was deep. I bushwacked to the top - having been there before I knew I could not miss the tower and I could take the trail down. The snow was slick and the walking stick kept me upright both on the way up and especially on the way down.

I can say that if you are planning to climb Bald before mud season, you have to treat it as a winter hike. My boots got so wet by the time I was down!

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1480 ft / 451 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Long Pond Trail
    Trailhead:Parking area near long pond  1820 ft / 554 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Low clouds, breezy, some snow
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 



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