Ascent of Wildcat Mountain on 2013-02-02

Climber: Shelley Cheng

Date:Saturday, February 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wildcat Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4422 ft / 1347 m

Ascent Trip Report

The snow was really hard and packed at this time of the year. Although the trip up to Carter Notch was fine, the 0.7 miles up to Wildcat summit was a real ballbuster (even for a woman): segments had an easily 30-40 degree incline over hard, slippery packed snow, with patches of thin snow directly over rocks, making footing challenging even with crampons. Thankfully, once the summit was reached, everything became easier. Walking the ridge over to Wildcat D and down the ski runs were very straightforward.
The only vista point was at the Wildcat summit. Sadly, with the low-hanging clouds and snowfall, we could only barely make out the lake and parts of Carter Dome.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:19-Mile Brook Trail - Carter Notch Slide
    Start Trailhead:19-Mile Brook Parking  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Wildcat Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Wildcat D  
Ascent Part of Trip: 2013 Wildcat (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wildcat Mountain2013-02-02 
2Wildcat D2013-02-02 

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