Ascent of Mount Tom on 2014-03-01

Climber: Nancy Platt

Others in Party:Richard Bedard -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Michael Berger
Brian Platt
Date:Saturday, March 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Tom
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4051 ft / 1234 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mt. Tom was my first winter 4,000 footer. Hubby asked me last week what I wanted to do for our upcoming anniversary and I indicated I wanted to hike a NH 4,000 footer. He thought Mt. Tom would be a good choice for my first winter hike. We also invited his hiking friends, Dick and Mike, who have been hiking the 4,000 footers regularly with him. They agreed to join us even though both had already hiked all three of the mountains here. Our day started out cold at just above zero degrees at 8 am at the Highland Center. There was a blistering cold wind whipping us as we made our way across the parking lot to the trail head. Once on the trail, the trees protected us from the wind. We all packed snowshoes but didn't need them. The trail was a hard packed single track all the way to the summit. Crampons were the choice today for us and for most of the hikers we encountered.

At the Avalon trail junction, the guys split off and headed up to Mt Avalon while I continued alone up the main trail to Mt Tom. Mike wanted to get Mt Avalon for the "52 views" while Dick and Brian continued on to climb Mt Field. Mike caught up with me just before the Mt Tom spur trail so we summited together. The views of Washington and the Presidentials were spectacular due to lots of sunshine and no haze. Mike and I then hiked a couple of hundred feet past the summit to the side of the summit opposite Washington. The views of the other mountains were equally spectacular.

After we took the requisite summit photos, we packed up and started the trek down the trail. We ended up meeting Brian and Dick about a tenth of a mile from the summit. Mike continued down to the Highland Center while I turned around and joined Brian and Dick on their hike to the summit. Brian and I could then officially celebrate together at the summit. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my anniversary!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2071 ft / 631 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2071 ft / 631 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2071 ft / 631 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Avalon trail to the A-Z trail to the Mt. Tom Spur
    Start Trailhead:N44 13.160 W71 24.658  1980 ft / 603 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2071 ft / 631 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Mt. Tom Spur to the A-Z trail to the Avalon trail
    End Trailhead:N44 13.160 W71 24.658  1980 ft / 603 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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