Ascent of Mount Meader on 2010-06-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Meader
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2782 ft / 847 m

Ascent Trip Report

A point-to-point counter clockwise traverse of the Baldface Range over 8 Peaks with the usual support from Rose, moderately steep trails with some scrambling at a number of very short ledges. The open rocky ridge trails from Eagle Crag to Baldface Knob are outstanding/exhilarating ....... overall 13.7 miles, 4671 feet ascent in 8 1/2 hours.

Today's counter clockwise route started at the Mount Meader TH on hwy #113 just north of North Chatham. I ascended the Meader Trail to Mount Meader (from the TH follow the woods road to its very end and the start of the trail, its signed), then the Mount Meader Ridge Trail over Eagle Crag to the Baldface Circle Trail. The Circle trail goes over Bicknell Ridge, and North/Middle/South Baldface Mountains on the way to Baldface Knob. From Baldface Knob I went over Eastman Mountain, then the long descend on the Slippery Brook Trail to the Baldface TH Parking on hwy 113, .6 miles south of the Mount Meader TH (noted above).

The Baldface Circle trail (a loop route starting and ending at the Baldface TH Parking) which is somewhat shorter than the one I took (9 miles) is very popular. I met numerous groups up on the ridge (one a huge school group out for 4 days)), interestingly all going clockwise.
I took numerous short snack breaks and took in a lot of liquids, as usual I moved slow on the ascends with a lot of huffing and puffing. Had to answer nature's call on one occasion, somewhat unusual. Overall an uneventful day. I would highly recommend
this open ridge hike.
Rose dropped me off at 7h00 hours, she'll go into town for the day. The plan is to stay at the same Hotel in North Conway for the next three nights. Tomorrow will be a rest day, followed by huge climb over the Montalban Ridge (7 peaks) the next day. I estimated today's hike at 9 hours.

Rose picked me up as scheduled, I somewhat fatigued but no real problems except for some ankle soreness. I am looking forward to a huge pasta dinner.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2287 ft / 697 m
    Total Elevation Loss:25 ft / 7 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2287 ft / 697 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2262 ft / 689 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:mt meader trail from east side hwy 113
    Start Trailhead:north chatham on hwy 113  520 ft / 158 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:meader ridge trail wb to eagle crag
Ascent Part of Trip: meader

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Meader2010-06-09 a2287 ft / 697 m
2Eagle Crag2010-06-09 b700 ft / 213 m
3Bicknell Ridge2010-06-09 c100 ft / 30 m
4North Baldface2010-06-09 d660 ft / 201 m
5Middle Baldface2010-06-09 e120 ft / 37 m
6South Baldface2010-06-09 f260 ft / 79 m
7Baldface Knob2010-06-09 g85 ft / 26 m
8Eastman Mountain2010-06-09 h479 ft / 146 m
Total Trip Gain: 4691 ft / 1429 m    Total Trip Loss: 2844 ft / 867 m

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