Ascent of Mount Weeks-South Peak on 2012-10-20

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Weeks-South Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3885 ft / 1184 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting down to the col between Mt. Waumbek and Mt. Weeks' massif was uneventful. I was encountering many moose droppings along the trail, both old and fresh, and there were footprints following the trail. I started to get wary of any movement around me as I didn't want to face a moose alone during the rut. I was still breezing along at a decent pace but I was hindered by the overall mess the trail had become. There were again many blown down trees on the uphill that made it harder than it would normally be.

The forest wasn't very dense but there were no views all the way until I reached Weeks' south peak. There, I could make the high point out easily, but it was on a large mostly flat area on the rounded summit. I didn't linger and left towards the next col.

The trail down was very similar to the peak's ascent, although there were a couple switchbacks on the steeper part. It didn't take long to reach the col. Along the way, there was nothing interesting to see so I took no pictures.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:378 ft / 116 m
    Elevation Loss:418 ft / 128 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:345 ft / 106 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Kilkenny Ridge trail
    Trailhead:Mt. Weeks key col  3540 ft / 1078 m
    Time Up:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:418 ft / 128 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Kilkenny Ridge trail
    Trailhead:South Weeks col  3500 ft / 1066 m
    Time Down:17 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 C
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