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Ascent of Cannon Balls-West Peak on 2013-08-11

Climber: Paul Blanchette

Others in Party:Steve Blanchette
Date:Sunday, August 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cannon Balls-West Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3693 ft / 1125 m

Ascent Trip Report

This day was my son's 30th birthday and he chose to hike Cannon mountain so we would be on the top of the observation tower with the rest of the family that came up the gondola at precisely 10:36 when he was born. We hiked the Hi-Cannon trail and got up there by 10:25 so that was a great success.
The Hi-Cannon trail was a good climb and has a ladder on one section but do not do this if the weather is poor/icy as there are some potentially dangerous spots.
We then went down the Kinsman trail to the Cannon Balls. Tried to find a reasonable place to bushwhack Middle Ball but had no luck. Continued over West Ball to NE Kinsman and then down the Appalachian trail to lonesome lake and then back to Lafayette camp ground where we started from.
Great views in some spots (not much on the Balls)but I was amazed at how many dogs were on the trail and some parts a very steep.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:393 ft / 120 m
    Elevation Loss:133 ft / 40 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:393 ft / 120 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:kinsman trail
    Trailhead:dip from middle peak  3300 ft / 1005 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:133 ft / 40 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:kinsman trail
    Trailhead:dip before kinsman NE  3560 ft / 1085 m
Ascent Part of Trip: cannon loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Cannon Mountain2013-08-11 a
2The Cannon Balls2013-08-11 b
3(Attempt) Cannon Balls-Middle Peak2013-08-11 c
4Cannon Balls-West Peak2013-08-11 d
5North Kinsman Mountain-Northeast Peak2013-08-11 e
62013-08-11 f



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