Ascent of Mount Hancock on 2016-03-12

Climber: Richard Bedard

Date:Saturday, March 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hancock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Brian & 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
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2271 ft / 692 m
    Route:Hancock Notch to Hancock Loop
    Trailhead:2129 ft / 648 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Winter Hancocks

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Hancock2016-03-122190 ft / 668 m
2Mount Hancock2016-03-122271 ft / 692 m
Total Trip Gain: 4461 ft / 1360 m    Total Trip Loss: 4461 ft / 1360 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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