Ascent of Mount Tecumseh on 2013-11-25

Climber: Roberta DellAnno

Date:Monday, November 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tecumseh
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Tecumseh hike was successful. I intended to hike alone, but my friend Lisa (the one who talks a lot) really wanted to go. I learned patience and Lisa learned how to go over water crossings.
I needed patience, because Lisa hikes at a much slower pace! At one water crossing I put my adopted hiking stick down (yours! ?), took my glasses off, ate some nuts and drank some water waiting for her to cross. When I finally got to hike again, I lost one of my lenses (in my glasses) and my hiking stick disappeared into thin air! We never found it! None of these mishaps ever happens when I hike alone. So, I stood there for a moment and took a couple of minutes to regroup, changed my attitude, let go of any thoughts of beating “booktime” and decided that the universe was trying to teach me a lesson in patience.
After that, everything was easy.
Things I did right:
• I brought lots of warm clothing but didn’t over-pack.
• I brought lots of hand and foot warmers (Lisa didn’t bring any and really needed some for her feet).
• I started out as cold as I could be and warmed up nicely. I never got too hot and maintained the right core temperature.
• My boots are rated 400 grams insulation at the toes ( – 40 degrees with active hiking) but because of all the stopping I had to do, my feet got cold! As soon as I put in the foot warmers, I was as warm as toast!

Things that went wrong:
• Lost my hiking stick (I happened to be attached to that stick ?).
• Lost one of my lenses and had to hike up without glasses (nearsighted, I can see clearly only three feet in front of me).
• I had two pairs of gloves. Liners, and a pair of gloves with mitten hoods. They were not warm enough – and my hands are usually hot! Thank goodness I brought Hand-warmers!
• Batteries died because of the cold in both my GPS and camera. Brand new batteries! Next time I will put a hand-warmer in a sock and put my camera and GPS in it.
• Didn’t bring extra batteries!
• Even though I had my water upside down in my pack the nozzle froze! In the future, I will put a hand-warmer in a sock and put my water upside down into the sock.

In spite of the cold, the weather was beautiful and I enjoyed the hike because I’m learning patience :D.

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