Ascent of Mount Roberts on 2019-02-09

Climber: Floyd Greenwood

Others in Party:Outdoor Pursuits
Winter 2019
Date:Saturday, February 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Roberts
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2582 ft / 786 m

Ascent Trip Report

Entered 2/13/2019.

This was the last hike and overnight with Winter OP 2019 and Outdoor Pursuits as a whole. Pretty sad to think about. Outdoor Pursuits really launched me into what I think will be a passion I will pursue for the remainder of my days. To be honest, I wasn't sure how interested I was in hiking when I joined OP in Lower/Sophomore Fall. I hadn't done much hiking in awhile and slowly losing interest as I became more consumed with school work. OP in some ways introduced me to the beauty and enjoyment of hiking and the outdoors and in other ways reminded me of what I had been missing out on. I may not have become an avid hiker, not to mention be a member of this site, without OP, and I am forever grateful to the program and those involved for what joy they have given me these past three years and will for years to come, perhaps without their knowing.

I digress. The hike went by relatively quickly, but not without putting the work in. I was more exhausted after the ascent than I had ever been on any other hike with OP. My legs were burning and I was panting after the steep sections. We held a fairly rapid pace for an OP group I carried a lot of gear, including the first aid kit and group sleeping bag. Other than that, the hike was excellent. We parked about 100 feet from the trail head on a dirt road next to a reservoir. Mud had frozen tire tracks in the parking lot making for an interesting surface to walk across. We booked it up a mild incline for a half mile and reached an overlook of the lakes to the south and west and mountains to the north. The trail then became steep as we ascended to a ridge. The ridge had only shrubs of trees and offered amazing views behind us of the lakes region. The weather was clear and visibility far. The summit winds were between 30 and 40 mph, which was manageable but made our lunch stop cold. Supposedly Mt. Washington was recording 148 mph gusts at its summit, the highest of the decade!

Summary Total Data
    Route:Mount Roberts Trail
    Trailhead:Mount Roberts Trailhead  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
clear, sunny, cold, and windy

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