Ascent of Mount Waumbek on 2012-10-20
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, October 20, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4006 ft / 1221 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFollowing Mt. Starr King's ascent, it was only a short way towards Mt. Waumbek. From the col, the trail meandered along the ridge, gradually gaining a little steepness. I soon emerged in a significant clearing with a large cairn in the middle. There was a sign indicating Mt. Starr King trail, but no USGS marker visible anywhere.
There were no immediate views but I could make different ranges through the trees. I unslung my pack and took some food out as I could feel hunger rising. I stayed there for almost 10 minutes, waiting to see if the two guys behind me would catch up, but as time passed, I got restless and packed all my stuff again to take off.
Heading out towards Mt. Weeks' ridge, I followed Kilkenny Ridge trail along the eastern part of Mt. Waumbek. It became very quickly rough and it was clear not that many people ventured past Waumbek's summit. There was a lot of blowdown and I had to hop over or circle around many fallen trees. There were a few decent openings with nice views of the Presidential Range so I took a couple pictures on the way down to the col.
The summit on Mt. Waumbek is quite uninteresting.
The Northern Presidentials, with Mt. Washington in the background (far right), as seen from somewhere on Waumbek's ridge.
US Hwy 2 and NH 115 junction as seen from Mt. Waumbek's ridge.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||322 ft / 98 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||532 ft / 162 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.8 mi / 2.9 km|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Hut Camp|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Overcast|
Overcast, with occasional sun peeking through.
| Gain on way in:||289 ft / 88 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 256 ft / 78 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m|
| Loss on way in:||33 ft / 10 m|
| Distance:||0.6 mi / 1 km|
| Route:||Kilkenny Ridge trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Mt. Starr King key col 3750 ft / 1143 m|
| Time:||20 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||499 ft / 152 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 466 ft / 143 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m|
| Gain on way out:||33 ft / 10 m|
| Distance:||1.2 mi / 1.9 km|
| Route:||Kilkenny Ridge trail|
| End Trailhead:||Mt. Weeks key col 3540 ft / 1078 m|
| Time:||40 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Pliny/Pilot (oct. 2012) (1 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 6688 ft / 2038 m Total Trip Loss: 6583 ft / 2004 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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