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Ascent of North Twin on 2014-05-19

Climber: Megan Cheney

Others in Party:Megan Cheney
Jaime Eagan
Date:Monday, May 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Twin
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4761 ft / 1451 m

Ascent Trip Report

Had an awesome hike with Jam. We parked at the gate at 7:30AM outside the Haystack campground entrance off of the Daniel Webster Highway. Then we had to walk the 2 miles up the campground road to the very end where the North Twin trailhead was. We left the trailhead at 9AM. We set a great pace and powered through the trail until we got to our first water crossing. I wasn't about getting wet so early on, so we looked around for a higher crossing route... that didn't work... so we stripped our shoes and socks and crossed barefoot. It was cold, let me assure you. We crossed a second and third time over the Haystack Brooke barefoot, and carried on following the yellow blaze to the base of the mountain. The path was rocky and streaming with water melting from the ice and snow at the summit. My right knee started to give me some trouble, which slowed our pace down quite a bit. I pushed through and we achieved our first outlook. The clouds were sitting low but it was just enough for us to see what was around us. After a little pack off slack off, we pushed for the summit. We ran into a man with this lab who was on their way down, we quickly said hi and passed one another. Up there was a complete white out and the snow was falling heavy. We didn't waist too much time up there. We decided to do a final push to South Twin 1.3 away. When we got to the second summit the wind was harsh and the snow was coming down hard. we climbed up to the sign and snapped some quick photos before we raced to the tree line. Jam and I originlly wanted to do the full 21 miles to the bond cliff area and back, but my physical strength in my knee was depleting and the weather was not playing nice so we turned back. The way back Jaime was able to find a area where he could jump from bolder to bolder to cross the brooke. I on the other hand wasn't able to jump with my knee blown out so I just said fuck it and walked through with the boots. I expected my feet to be cold from the rest of the hike but my boots actually acted as a wet suit and kept them pretty warm... wet but warm. The last two crossings we avioded by taking the less maintained trail that ran along the brooke. We finally got back to the campground road at 5:20PM and walked about as fast as we could to the car. The whole trip was a little over 15 miles and ended at about 6:10PM.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Yellow Blaze
Descent Statistics



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