Ascent of Mount Tom on 2010-01-15

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Sarah Joy Carlson (now Hollingsworth)
Brendon Hollingsworth
Date:Friday, January 15, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tom
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4051 ft / 1234 m

Ascent Trip Report

My first trip snowshoeing, we parked at the Highland center and started at the Avalon Trail. The trail was pretty packed down, so the going was pretty easy.

Some beautiful views through the trees.

Sarah Joy and Brendan at the col between Tom and Field

To my everlasting shame, I was in the process of growing a mullet because of a bet, so my hair was quite long at the time...

The Mount Tom spur was beautiful, and pretty easy going as well. We came back down and headed over to Mt. Field after having a little trouble finding the trailhead for the Willey Range Trail. The way to Field was also relatively uneventful. The summit was beautiful, and we had a friendly Canadian Jay come and visit us.

Here at Field Sarah and Brendon decided they wanted to return to the car, and we agreed that I would continue on to Mt. Willey and then go down the Willey Range Trail and Kedron Flume Trail and they would pick me up at the Willey House.

The trail on the other side of Willey was very steep and very difficult. There was about a foot and a half of powder, and just one person had been through there recently, so the trail wasn't very packed down. I ended up sledding on my rear for alot of the trail.

Towards the bottom at the Ethan Pond Trail and on the Kedron Flume Trail, the snow got really wet and heavy as the weather was getting alot warmer and the sun came out. This made the going pretty tough, and there were alot of felled trees that I had to climb over, very awkward with snowshoes on. I post-holed once even with snowshoes on, which was a bit tough to get out of. Got to the Willey house, and just as I took my bag off to call Sarah and Brendon, I saw them coming down 302, so the timing was perfect.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2228 ft / 679 m
    Elevation Loss:351 ft / 107 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2228 ft / 679 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Avalon Trail/A-Z Trail
    Trailhead:Higland Center/Avalon Trailhead  1823 ft / 555 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:351 ft / 107 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Mt Tom Spur
    Trailhead:Mt Tom Spur (Col)  3700 ft / 1127 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Willey Range 1-2010

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Tom2010-01-15 a
2Mount Field2010-01-15 b
3Mount Willey2010-01-15 c

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