Ascent of Mount Cabot-Southeast Knob 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 Cabot-Southeast Knob
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4080 ft / 1243 m

Ascent Trip Report

Returning from the summit of Mt. Cabot, I reached the cabin again where I sat down to cool off. I started unpacking my things inside and everyone introduced themselves. The weather was still amazing and we spent some time outside. Before the sun set, we went inside and fixed our dinners. This was another time to get to know my cabin mates and many interesting stories were told.

The evening was spent around a fire outside as the weather was still pleasant. The stars showed up, but they were soon dimmed by the rising moon and clouds coming in from the west. It started raining lightly, but we faced it as it wasn't heavy enough to discourage us from retreating inside.

Finally, when it got colder, mostly everyone went to bed. I picked up my mp3 player I had brought in case I'd be alone and tried to pick up radio stations for a weather forecast. Reception was excellent, I could even pick up a french station from Québec. No luck with a forecast though. To alleviate the potential snoring, I kept my ear buds in and put some mellow music to which I fell asleep.

The next morning, we woke up and slowly got the breakfast going. I had my freeze dried meal while the others had MREs and oatmeal. Afterwards, the packing started and it wasn't long before we were all ready to go. We left at 08:55 down towards the fish hatchery at York Pond.

My knee was still sore and it started aching almost instantly when the slope got steeper. I went very carefully and as nimbly as I could manage. We passed a ledge along the trail where, if there hadn't been a blanket of clouds over the mountain, one could get a nice view of the Connecticut River valley. I took a picture and we kept going. The shape I was in was much better than the day before and without the aching knee, I know I could have made it back to my car easily.

We passed the Kilkenny Ridge trail junction and started following the stream in Bunnell Notch. The way down was uneventful and I talked some more with my partners. As we descended, the clouds receded and further, the sun even peeked through. Down in the valley, the weather was fine and the trail wasn't wet. We arrived in view of the parking around 11:40 and packed our things in the vehicles.

From there, we drove in Berlin and Gorham, took a right and went towards Jefferson to pick up my car. When this was done, we headed to North Woodstock where we ate a burger at the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery.

From there, I took highway 93 north and traveled back to Luiza's Eastman family cottage where I was happy to take a hot shower and eat leftover spear ribs from the previous night's gathering. All in all a very nice trip: good weather, good logistics, and meeting good people!

A ledge along Mt. Cabot Trail that, in good weather, has a nice view of the valley to the west.

Bunnell Notch windens into this gently sloping valley. The trail can barely be made out from the surroundings.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Elevation Loss:2570 ft / 783 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Mt. Cabot trail
    Trailhead:Cabot Knob col  4060 ft / 1237 m
    Time Up:2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2570 ft / 783 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Mt. Cabot /Bunnell Notch trails
    Trailhead:York Pond Rd parking  1660 ft / 505 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 45 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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