Ascent of Wonalancet Hedgehog on 2010-12-17

Climber: Arne Schussler

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, December 17, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wonalancet Hedgehog
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3120 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Loop - Oliverian-Square Ledge-Passaconaway Cutoff-Walden-Oliverian. Snow from dusting to 1-2" up high and covering ice everywhere. early stream crossings problematic, put on spikes and used ice frozen on branches of spruce fallen into water at one and log across water on another. Ice flows started coming down Square Ledge, very heavy completely covering trail in several places, especially in steep spots. Even with spikes a lot bushwhacks and tree grabbing necessary. Axe was handy but full crampons and 2 axes would have been welcome in many spots - certainly would have been faster. Coming down from Nanamocomuck very difficult. Coming off Hedgehog there is very steep, scramble area that could have qualified as Class 2! Had to bushwhack to the right(south), drop my pack down 8-10' face and trusted a couple spruce branches to do a lay-back! Rest of hike uneventful(flat).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Start Trailhead:3000 ft / 914 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Oliverian

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Square Ledge2010-12-171362 ft / 415 m
2Nanamocomuck2010-12-171090 ft / 332 m
3Wonalancet Hedgehog2010-12-17120 ft / 37 m
Total Trip Gain: 2572 ft / 784 m    Total Trip Loss: 120 ft / 37 m

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