Ascent of Firescrew on 2015-04-17

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, April 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3040 ft / 926 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did a late afternoon loop hike over Mount Cardigan and its highest subpeak, Firescrew.

The Manning Trail was completely snow-free (albeit very wet and muddy) up to about 2,000'. From there to the ledges, there was patchy snow and ice. Once on the ledges, there was a mix of bare rock, blue ice, and DEEP snow. Easily 2-3+ feet left in sheltered areas. Once on top of Firescrew, which IMHO is a better summit than Cardigan, the views were excellent in all directions, and there was plenty of scrubby, ledgy goodness. Since I made the genius decision to not bring traction, I made the ascent much more difficult than it should have been. Therefore, I made the decision to hike up to Cardigan's summit and go down the Clark Trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1750 ft / 533 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1750 ft / 533 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Manning Trail
    Start Trailhead:Cardigan Lodge  1290 ft / 393 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Cardigan/Firescrew

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Firescrew2015-04-171750 ft / 533 m
2Mount Cardigan2015-04-17150 ft / 46 m
Total Trip Gain: 1900 ft / 579 m    Total Trip Loss: 1841 ft / 561 m

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