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Ascent of Mount Norwottock on 2009-11-22

Climber: Dave Dunham

Date:Sunday, November 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Norwottock
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:1105 ft / 336 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started out early on Sunday, very early. At 4:00 AM I was up and out the door 15 minutes later. I was hoping to get to the Notch so that I could get to the first summit by sunrise. I pulled into the visitors center for the Holyoke range at 6AM. That gave me just enough time to get organized and run up to the summit of Norwottock before the sun came up.

http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/hksp.htm

The early part of the M&M trail is very smooth and wide which made for easy running in the nearly dark (still 25 minutes before sunrise). The 1.6+ mile climb of 525 felt pretty easy and I topped out in 17:10. That left me at least 10 minutes to kick around getting cold waiting for the sunrise. The view was awesome and the valley below was wrapped in low fog. After the sun rose, I headed down (just as an early hiker approached). I was back down 15:49 later and in the car heading for the next Peak by 7:10.

Pics from the weekend: http://doubledmountainrunner.shutterfly.com/318
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:525 ft / 160 m
    Route:M & M trail
    Trailhead:The Notch visitors center  580 ft / 176 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm



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