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Ascent of Stowe Pinnacle on 2020-03-23

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
Date:Monday, March 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stowe Pinnacle
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:2651 ft / 808 m

Ascent Trip Report

We set out today to hike Mount Putnam via Stowe Pinnacle and Hogback Mountain. The trail had snow to meadows parking lot, so it was a great time for microspikes. The trail was a very wide road, but we found a well used shortcut to get us up more quickly. At the end of the roadlike section there was an amazing viewpoint with some rocks shaped like a throne facing Mount Mansfield. We continued on and had one section of dirt by the junction with the trail that goes to the lower parking area. Getting up to a small saddle below the Pinnacle, there was a sign for a vista, so we ventured in that general direction. We could see over to the Camel's Hump area. The trail then dropped a little elevation as it skirted the north face, but soon we were up at the junction of the spur to the Pinnacle and the Hogback Trail. It was 0.2mi to the Pinnacle from here. The summit had great views all around, but it was pretty windy and just cold enough to make it bite. We were both impressed with how pointy the top was, but my expectations were low. It's a decent slightly dome shaped rocky summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1126 ft / 343 m
    Total Elevation Loss:140 ft / 42 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1126 ft / 343 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 986 ft / 301 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Pinnacle Meadows Trail
    Start Trailhead:Pinnacle Meadows TH  1665 ft / 507 m
    Time:1 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Stowe Pinnacle

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Stowe Pinnacle2020-03-23 a1126 ft / 343 m
2Hogback Mountain2020-03-23 b859 ft / 262 m
Total Trip Gain: 1985 ft / 605 m    Total Trip Loss: 1985 ft / 605 m



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