Ascent of Mount Tremont on 2011-01-23

Climber: Andrew Bigelow

Date:Sunday, January 23, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tremont
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3371 ft / 1027 m

Ascent Trip Report

4 hrs broke all way up - excellent run down in perfect snow, racked by nobody else... talk about reaping what you sow. Try getting this type of trail experience on a 4000 footer (it is just not possible) Absolutely amazing view @top -- perhaps the BEST view I have seen in years!! A small animal, perhaps a fox DID track over the path while at the summit and periodically marked its territory. Safe to say the passage was noticed.

The subtle beauty and calm of high evergreen forests, which cloak Tremont's upper reaches, reminded me of why I hike in the first place ... to discover nature. In a flash of clarity, I realized how so much of the "community" is caught up in the hysteria of climbing grids and completing lists (of 4000 footers) as fast as humanly possible -- and to this community I was an outsider, and that it felt DAMN GOOD to be on the outside. From my perspective it seems like many climbers see the actual mountains as barriers to their next set of bragging rights. Almost like climbing is a chore -- how wrong they are!!! I used to be one of them, all wound up over elevation, yet missing out on the experiences that make life truly grand. After Tremont, I now chose QUALITY over QUANTITY and this journey full circle should have happened for me years ago, but I am just glad to have found what really matters.

Many "experienced" mountain climbers will sneer at the mention of climbing a lowly 3300 footer and would pass on Tremont. Fine by me -- their loss is our gain as one thing that made this mountain so amazing was the lack of crowds and ease of finding solitude, yet all the while it required some steep climbs, navigation, and determination to reach the top.You can't sleepwalk to the top of this one like oh so many of the 4000 footers. What a fun and thought-provoking trip Tremont was!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2650 ft / 807 m
    Total Elevation Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2600 ft / 792 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Start Trailhead:771 ft / 235 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km

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