Ascent of Mount Osceola-East Peak on 2011-10-16

Climber: Charles Marshall

Date:Sunday, October 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Osceola-East Peak
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4156 ft / 1266 m

Ascent Trip Report

In a group of seven, we set out from the Mt. Osceola trailhead from Tripoli Rd. at 10am. Weather forecast was chance of snow showers before 10am and then chance of showers rest of day. Actual forecast was mostly cloudy with some openings of clouds with sun shining through probably in the 40s most of day with some gusts and moderate wind throughout the day. Hiking group were mostly able and we pushed off at a decent pace. Beginning of trail was very wet with large "ponds" in the trails and some considerable mud here and there. Ascent was at a moderate incline and enjoyable. Not sure if the actual summit of Osceola was the old foundations found in the wooded area prior to the exposed cliff top with foundations. The group rested an ate while enjoying the views. Washington was visible, but the summit itself was cloud covered. Snow on the summit could be seen below the clouds. We continued to East Osceola and enjoyed some limited views before returning to Osceola for a quick rest and then back down to the trailhead. About 1.5 miles from the trailhead, we encountered a male with a reported broken ankle. He stated that help was being called for by two individuals who passed him ahead of us. We decided to stay with the injured man, but he decided that he wanted to make his way down. So we escorted him down which took approximately 2 hours to go the 1.5 miles. We did call 911 which dispatched an ambulance from Livermore as well as the Game Warden. The Game warden was in the woods and were making their way out and stated that he wouldn't be able to reach us probably until we were out of the woods. He did call me every 20-30 minutes to check status. We made it to the trailhead and the man was assessed by EMS and the man refused transport to the hospital and stated that he would drive himself in his manual transmission car. The EMS and several hikers from our group suspect that the injury was most likely a sprain and not a break. Made it to the trailhead at 6pm. Way too close to sunset, but that's why we build extra time in to our trips!
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