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Ascent of Mount Tecumseh-Northwest Peak on 2013-08-07

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Tecumseh-Northwest Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3766 ft / 1147 m

Ascent Trip Report

After hiking up Mt. Osceola and its east peak, it was still early in the afternoon. The trailhead for Mt. Tecumseh was on the way to our camping site on Tripoli road, so I decided it wasn't unrealistic to climb another summit that day.

Luiza dropped me at the trailhead parking, where a single van was standing, and I soon got on my way at 14:35. After crossing Eastman brook, the trail went uphill at an easy grade. I was going at a brisk pace, trying to save Luiza some waiting time - she would return from our tent around 17:00 to pick me up.

I covered some ground quickly and after about 1.5km, I encountered a couple going downhill. I greeted them but kept going. From here, the trail got steeper but it was still manageable. At the top of this first steeper pitch, 0.4km later on the broad northwestern shoulder of Mt. Tecumseh, I encountered a second couple. I guessed they were with the others since there was only one vehicle down at the trailhead.

From here the trail angled left, followed some level ground for a while, and then started climbing again. It wasn't long before I crossed a third, older couple. I again greeted them as I past by. The trail soon became much steeper and I was quite winded at the speed I maintained. Still, it didn't take much time before I reached a ridge, and I could see a slight nubble to my right. I took a short side-trail to this point where I had partial views east. I thought I could see Mt. Moosilauke on the horizon.

From there, the trail went up and down a rough ridge before arriving at the summit of Mt. Tecumseh's Northwestern peak at 15:30. I didn't linger as I wanted to be down as early as possible, so I started downhill towards the col to Mt. Tecumseh. It took only about 5 minutes before I reached the low point.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1936 ft / 589 m
    Elevation Loss:256 ft / 77 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.8 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1936 ft / 589 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Tecumseh trail
    Trailhead:Mt. Tecumseh TH parking  1880 ft / 573 m
    Time Up:54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:206 ft / 62 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Tecumseh trail
    Trailhead:Tecumseh NW col  3560 ft / 1085 m
    Time Down:5 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Tecumseh Ascent (August 2013)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Tecumseh-Northwest Peak2013-08-07 d
2Mount Tecumseh2013-08-07 e
3Mount Tecumseh-Northwest Peak2013-08-07 f
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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