Ascent of Cave Mountain on 2008-07-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cave Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1439 ft / 438 m

Ascent Trip Report

I set-out on a point to point hike on an exceptionally humid hot day, 90F+ degrees, over the lower end of the Montalban Ridge, south of Mount Washington. Rose dropped me off at the Langdon TH on the N side of the Saco river in the village of Bartlett, NH (rte #302). She will pick me up at the Stanton TH, 4 miles E of Bartlett. I looked forward to an easy day on the trail.

Shortly after leaving nb on the Langdon trail, I realized that I took a wrong turn and was headed to Cave Mountain. No big deal, after visiting "the Cave" at about 1200 ft, I decided (while here) to bag Cave mountain (an easy bushwack to the right of the cave). I doubled back to the junction where I erred (820') and then continued nb for the Montalban ridge, going over Oak Ridge and down to the Langdon Shelter on the Stanton trail. I took a 20 min snack break. At this point I was feeling the heat, I drank a lot of water and felt ok.

I continued sb on the Stanton trail, hiking over Mount Langdon and 3 small knobs before the short climb to Mount Pickering. Easy slopes and not at all difficult, however I started slowing and was finding them very difficult, frequently stopping to catch my breath and taking in fluids. I started to run out of water and not long after I was in really bad shape..... I couldn't believe what was happening......I had difficulty in breathing, at times gasping for air, stopping every 30-40 feet on the last easy climb to Mount Stanton..... I would sit to wait for the pulse rate to lower !!!! I ran out of water in the last mile.

The heat and humidity took its toll, I didn't take in enough fluids. A real dangerous situation. I slowly made my way out, taking frequent rests.

Rose was not at all too happy with me, she had expressed her concern for the heat before I left....... in fact she didn't want me to go...... You would think that after all of these years I would be wise enough to avoid these situations.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:789 ft / 240 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
90F+ degrees, really hot and humid
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:789 ft / 240 m
    Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Route:langdon trail from TH at saco river,bartlett
    Trailhead:650 ft / 198 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: 2008-Staton trail

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Cave Mountain2008-07-08 a
2Oak Ridge2008-07-08 b
3Mount Langdon2008-07-08 c
4Mount Pickering2008-07-08 d
5Mount Stanton2008-07-08 e

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