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Ascent of Mount Waumbek on 2012-07-01

Climber: Mike Berger

Date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Waumbek
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4006 ft / 1221 m

Ascent Trip Report

As advertised, this is a slow but steady climb on good trails with good footing. It is argued that this is the easiest 4000 footer. Looking at everything, it should be an easy one, but I had some trouble with it. Mostly, my problems were the return of my nemesis - dehydration causing cramping problems. It was a pretty hot day - high 80's, but I was getting an early start - 6 AM - and between what I thought would be a cool and easy hike, I packed in 4 waters. I probably sweated that much before I was half way up the mountain. I also found the steady, unrelenting climb to be tiring. The only view on the entire hike is about 90 degrees looking out over ledges from the top of Starr King. No view at all on top of Waumbek. Very much like East Osceola - cairn by the side of the trail in the middle of the woods marks the spot. Coming down, I struggled to avoid groin cramps and very sore feet. When I finally got to the parking lot, walked right by my car and looked all over the parking lot for it. I thought maybe there was another parking lot somewhere. I'm still not used to the new van being silver.

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