Ascent of Wildcat Mountain on 2012-05-27

Climber: Nick Goumas

Date:Sunday, May 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wildcat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4422 ft / 1347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started the day parking at the Wildcat Mountain Ski Area. Went out of the parking lot to the base of the trails and started up the left side, they seemed like the best approach on foot. Starting at the base, and persisting until approximately half way to the summit of Wildcat 'D' were some of the worst black flies I've every experienced. My legs have dark red spots all over the shins and calves, probably about 100 per leg... Almost no wind meant there was not much relief, and the sun beating down didn't let me simple haul up the mountain like I would have liked.

About half way up to the peak of "D" I came around a bend in one of the ski trails to a moose running at me full steam. Thankfully it stopped in it's tracks when realizing there was a human standing there. It was probably about 60ft away and I was able to get my camera out and snap a few pics before she turned around and jaunted off. Not very big, maybe 6ft tall, assuming it was a female.

Once at the top I took a couple more pics. Then cruised over the AT towards Wildcat, at some point crossing Wildcat 'C' and 'B,' not really sure when but they are on the map so I guess it happened. Again, a couple pics at the "USFS Vista" sign on Wildcat and doubled back toward the Gondolas on 'D.'

Basically ran down the slopes to get through the flies as fast as possible, legs were covered in blood. The people visiting Wildcat to ride the Gondolas, eat ice cream or whatever it is you do there, seemed slightly horrified. I'm not sure what bothered them more, my sweaty, bloody 24 year old body or the fact I was doing this for fun?

I also got some good sunburns.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:122 ft / 37 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:122 ft / 37 m
    Trailhead:4300 ft / 1310 m
Descent Statistics

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