Ascent of South Hancock on 2016-01-27

Climber: Matt Larson

Date:Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Hancock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4319 ft / 1316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Despite its length, the trail for South Hancock is very moderate until the last .5 of a mile where it takes a steep pitch to the summit. I opted for South Hancock first because the route up Hancock looked even steeper and is .7 of a mile. At the Hancock Loop junction I had to switch from yaktrax to microspikes to avoid slipping on the steep incline. I carried snowshoes in but the snow was hard packed, with ice exposed in areas - too vertical and too slippery for snowshoes. The weather was breezy but warm and I went without gloves for awhile. Not many views off the route but a nice hike along the creek and the chutes off Hancock looked intense!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2190 ft / 667 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2190 ft / 667 m
    Route:Hancock Loop Trail
    Start Trailhead:Hancock Lookout Parking Lot  2129 ft / 648 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Hancock Loop Trail
    End Trailhead:South Hancock Summit  4319 ft / 1316 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Hancock Ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Hancock2016-01-272190 ft / 668 m
2Mount Hancock-Middle Peak2016-01-270 ft / 0 m
3Mount Hancock2016-01-27120 ft / 37 m
Total Trip Gain: 2310 ft / 705 m    Total Trip Loss: 2310 ft / 704 m

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