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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.

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The summit on Mt. Waumbek is quite uninteresting.

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

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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
    Grade/Class:2
    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:
OrderPeak/PointDate
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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