Ascent of Firescrew on 2015-04-17
|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 ReportDid 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|
| 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|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Cardigan/Firescrew|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1900 ft / 579 m Total Trip Loss: 1841 ft / 561 m
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