Ascent of The Rattlesnakes on 2020-12-28

Climber: Matt Vadeboncoeur

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, December 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Rattlesnakes
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:1289 ft / 392 m

Ascent Trip Report

A redlining trip focused on the S-facing slopes of the Rattlesnakes. Conditions higher up in the mountains, and even on N-facing slopes this low are quite icy this week due to recent heavy rain and subsequent re-freezing. Parked at the main lot and took Underhill to Ramsey to Pasture, then back up the E Rattlesnake trail and descended by Ridge and Col. What I saw of the Old Bridle Path and Ridge Trail also looked quite icy due to being heavily packed down, but the steep S-facing sections were snow-free with only patches of ice. I walked right by both entrances to the Underhill/Ramsey trail from Pinehurst Rd, and also found the Underhill trail (which was a bit snowy and icy) a bit difficult to follow in the westward direction, since there are a number of old woods roads that intersect it and blazes are sparse. Brought microspikes but I managed the whole trip without them, since snow and ice were patch where present. A snow squall intensified just as I was finishing up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:889 ft / 270 m
    Total Elevation Loss:330 ft / 100 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
snow squall during last mile of descent
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:559 ft / 170 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Start Trailhead:730 ft / 222 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:330 ft / 100 m
    Gain on way out:330 ft / 100 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Rattlesnakes 2020

Complete Trip Sequence:
1West Rattlesnake2020-12-28 a640 ft / 195 m
2The Rattlesnakes2020-12-28 b889 ft / 271 m
Total Trip Gain: 1529 ft / 466 m    Total Trip Loss: 480 ft / 147 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matt Vadeboncoeur
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