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Ascent of Mount Webster on 2021-12-18

Climber: Simon Sédillot

Date:Saturday, December 18, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Webster
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3910 ft / 1191 m

Ascent Trip Report

Saturday 18, 2021

We decided to do the loop in that order: Webster – Jackson – Jackson North Peak and Pierce South Peak. As I have finished the 111Northeast on Jackson two years ago, and as the border as been difficult to cross since then (Covid), this is now our time to revisit the Whites and bring back some good memories!

At 8:18, we started at the trailhead of Jackson on the US-302 near Crawford Notch, next to the Saco Lake. There was plenty of place to park. The trail was icy from the beginning. More we hiked, more the ice on the trail was intense. Take note here that there was no snow at all anywhere on the trail or in the wood. Only ICE! My girlfriend and I had our micro spikes and even with them we have slipped many times.

We followed Webster-Jackson trail. At 9:20, we arrived at the junction to Webster. We went for Webster first. The trail went down a bit to a beautiful waterfall which was half frozen. Really delightful to watch. Then we kept skating on that ice until the summit of Webster at 10:25. A group of three were following us not too far behind. At the summit, we had an incredible view of all the summits around including Mt. Washington! There was no wind at all, it was around -3 degrees Celsius and a bit cloudy, but we still had a full view around!! Almost unbelievable since the day before, they announced there was winds of 145km/h on the top of Mt. Washington lol

After a quick break, admiring the view and the Canada Jays, we continued our way to Jackson. That part of the trail was … Icy! Yep, Ice Ice Baby! It was the song we continuously sing on our way! We managed to reach the summit of Jackson at 11:35! Nice place to be for our first time in the country since the Covid hit!

After a quick break, we decided to keep going until the Mizpah Hut instead of going back to the car. On our way, we cross the summit of Jackson North Peak. There is no view here. You have no choice to cross it since it’s on the trail.

So, we continued our journey on … ICE! We reached the Mizpah Hut at 12:42. From here, there’s around 110m of elevation to gain to reach the top of Pierce South Peak. My girlfriend waited for me near the hut (which was close for winter) while I went up the icy trail!

I reached the summit of Pierce South Peak at 13:02. Again, it doesn’t seem to have a big view here. There’s no sign and it started to snow. They announced 15-20cm during the evening so .. Let it Snow! From here, I could have kept walking the trail to reach Pierce but since it started to snow, I knew I wouldn’t have the view from Pierce and besides, my gf was waiting for me at the Hut. So, I came back. Took a little lunch break and then we took the Mizpah Cut off to reach the Crawford Path at 13:49.

We sneak peek the Gibbs Falls on our way down. The left side of the falls was a torrent of fresh water, and the right side was completely frozen. That was cool!

Finally, we reached the road at 14:59. We had a short walk to get back to the car (15:08).

At that moment, on that road for around 10 minutes, the wind waked-up and started to blow like hell straight in our direction. That was a full blast of wind mixed with snow. The kind of condition you expect on a summit was right here on the road, what a nice way to finish our hike!
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