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Ascent of Black Mountain on 2017-01-20

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, January 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2820 ft / 859 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the trailhead off Lime Kiln Rd, the trail dipped down in elevation a bit, crossed a marshy area, and turned right at the junction with the Kilns spur path. From the turn, it veered through the center of a 3 way fork, then climbed an enbankment. It had an easy grade for a bit, then started to get steeper and rougher. About halfway up this section, ice flows started appearing, which made walking up and down tricky in places. After some careful hiking and foot placement, I made it to the top. While most everything around me was in the clouds, that wasn't the case for Black Mountain. In fact, the clouds, snow, and sun in the distance made for some neat light effects. Took some pics, then carefully headed back down, making a short detour to the Lime Kilns near the end.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1600 ft / 487 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1600 ft / 487 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1600 ft / 487 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Black Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lime Kiln Rd.  1220 ft / 371 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1600 ft / 487 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Black Mountain Trail, Lime Kilns spur
    End Trailhead:Lime Kiln Rd.  1220 ft / 371 m



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