Ascent of Mount Carrigain on 2013-05-25

Climber: Isaiah Knight

Others in Party:Thomas Knight
Matt Diaz
Date:Saturday, May 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Carrigain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4680 ft / 1426 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first hike since Mt. Katadin that my brother has done with me, actually my friend Matt went with me too. The original plan was to hike Mt. Cabot but due to time and money we had to do this peak. The Weather wasn't in our favor because it has snowed slightly the day before. There was snow at 1800 Feet on. The clouds where low and hard to see, the wind and bitter cold was our biggest factor when we were near the top. The wind was blowing about 40+ mph, and the wind chill was bitter cold. There is a observatory at the top, i was the only one out of the three to make it to the top due to the terrible winds and height. the stairs up where so frozen they made it hard to climb up the tower. There was a long stretch of switchbacks and uphill. They mark it over 3,200 feet in elevation gain in the peak, this was a tough mountain therefore i can't recommend this to beginners, i can only recommend this peak to mid hikers/advanced. There would've been a killer view on the side arm there was a 360 degree view of almost all the 4K's they say, and it only got better from there, a short way up from there is the peak which has the tower which they say on a good day you can see 46/48 of the NH 4,000 footers... this peak was awesome, unfortunately due to the wind, whether, and bitter cold we were unable to see a mere 100 feet :( this is one of the most rewarding peaks you could hike, if you can and your hiking the 4,000 footers, i recommend you save this one for last, its worth it.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3191 ft / 973 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Signal Ridge Trail
    Trailhead:Signal Ridge Parking Lot  1489 ft / 453 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, White-out
Start: mid 60's clear Top: 40+mph winds, wind chil close to sub zero
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 

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