Ascent of Mount Waumbek on 2012-10-20

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Waumbek
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4006 ft / 1221 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following Mt. Starr King's ascent, it was only a short way towards Mt. Waumbek. From the col, the trail meandered along the ridge, gradually gaining a little steepness. I soon emerged in a significant clearing with a large cairn in the middle. There was a sign indicating Mt. Starr King trail, but no USGS marker visible anywhere.

There were no immediate views but I could make different ranges through the trees. I unslung my pack and took some food out as I could feel hunger rising. I stayed there for almost 10 minutes, waiting to see if the two guys behind me would catch up, but as time passed, I got restless and packed all my stuff again to take off.

Heading out towards Mt. Weeks' ridge, I followed Kilkenny Ridge trail along the eastern part of Mt. Waumbek. It became very quickly rough and it was clear not that many people ventured past Waumbek's summit. There was a lot of blowdown and I had to hop over or circle around many fallen trees. There were a few decent openings with nice views of the Presidential Range so I took a couple pictures on the way down to the col.

The summit on Mt. Waumbek is quite uninteresting.

The Northern Presidentials, with Mt. Washington in the background (far right), as seen from somewhere on Waumbek's ridge.

US Hwy 2 and NH 115 junction as seen from Mt. Waumbek's ridge.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:322 ft / 98 m
    Elevation Loss:532 ft / 163 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Overcast, with occasional sun peeking through.
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:289 ft / 88 m
    Extra Loss:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Kilkenny Ridge trail
    Trailhead:Mt. Starr King key col  3750 ft / 1143 m
    Time Up:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:499 ft / 153 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Kilkenny Ridge trail
    Trailhead:Mt. Weeks key col  3540 ft / 1078 m
    Time Down:40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Pliny/Pilot (oct. 2012) (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Starr King2012-10-20 a
2Mount Waumbek2012-10-20 b
3Mount Weeks-South Peak2012-10-20 c
4Middle Weeks2012-10-20 d
5Mount Weeks2012-10-20 e
6Terrace Mountain2012-10-20 f
7Terrace Mountain-Middle Peak2012-10-20 g
8Terrace Mountain-North Peak2012-10-20 h
9Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob2012-10-20 i
10Mount Cabot2012-10-20 j
11Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob2012-10-20 k
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel Couët
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