Ascent of Mount Weeks 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
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3901 ft / 1189 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the col between Middle Weeks and Mt. Weeks, the ascent took a slight right to go around a very steep face. The trail ascended in a birch forest at a moderate grade until it hit a few switchbacks. I was getting a bit tired now and took short breaks. I felt like I was going to bonk and planned to eat at the summit. I was thinking I might not have eaten enough at breakfast and that my intake the day before might have been inadequate as this was happening unusually early in the day.

Still, I made my way towards the summit and reached it at 13:08. There, I noticed the high point was occupied by a large log, so I hopped on it. I slipped and fell awkwardly on my left leg and arm that remained sore for a few moments. I swore at my inattention, as I removed my pack to get some food.

After this break, I left northward downhill towards Willard Notch. The grade was steeper this time as the col was significantly lower than the previous ones. I started getting this pricking pain in my left knee as soon as the going got steeper. This was very frustrating. I kept thinking about the whole next day I had to face coming back this way and I was not enchanted at all. I compensated by putting more weight on my right knee and trying to keep the left knee bent and this alleviated the pain enough that I could still keep a decent speed. At least the trail went in many switchbacks that lessened its steepness. Soon, I emerged in a sunny expanse of open birch woods that lead me to York Pond trail. The blazes were half erased from birches peeling away, so I had to routefind my way in a couple places, but I finally reached the junction.

A beautiful birch forest between Mt. Weeks and Terrace Mt. at Willard Notch.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:670 ft / 204 m
    Elevation Loss:1155 ft / 352 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 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:621 ft / 190 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Kilkenny Ridge trail
    Trailhead:Middle Weeks col  3280 ft / 999 m
    Time Up:26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1155 ft / 352 m
    Extra Gain:49 ft / 14 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Kilkenny Ridge trail
    Trailhead:Willard Notch  2795 ft / 851 m
    Time Down:43 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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