Ascent of South Hancock on 2016-03-12
|Others in Party:||Brian Platt|
|Date:||Saturday, March 12, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Carpool|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4319 ft / 1316 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBrian & I decided to do the Hancocks for our winter hikes today....Couldn't have pick a more perfect day as temps were very nild 32 to start & not a cloud in the cobalt blue skies.
Hiked in for 3.5 miles to loop . At this point trail was in great shape & all 4-5 water crossings were easily crossed.
But when we got to the loop.we decided to do it counter clockwise & we believed this was the best choise as the sun was hitting the trail coming down the North peak .5 to the summit of South Hancock the trail got steep & icy ...Really recomended sharp micros , Hillsounds & or crampons. I had hillsounds that worked great .Brian had micros that were dull & he slipped a few times & changed over to his crampons & the going was alot easier after.
When we got to the summit we saw 1 hiker in yaktraks & were amazed she made it but we were worried abiut her going down
Quick juant over to North lunch saw quite a few hikers there .Fed the Jays & headed down .I still had my hillsounds on .the snow was soft & the ice was also soft.I was slipping & Brian wasn't so I decided to switch & the decent was alot easier after that.
Got to parking lot & we joined our wives to go see a presentation by Ed Webster at Eastern Slope in.It was a great presentation learned alot ..All in all it was a GREAT day of hiking & hearing about hiking Everest....9.3 mile 7hrs
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2190 ft / 667 m|
| Route:||Hancock Notch to Hancock Loop|
| Trailhead:||Kangamagus Highway 2129 ft / 648 m|
| Quality:||9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Stream Ford|
| Gear Used:||Crampons, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Clear|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Winter Hancocks|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 4461 ft / 1360 m Total Trip Loss: 4461 ft / 1360 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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