Ascent of Firescrew on 2016-04-10

Climber: Arthur Caverly

Others in Party:Ashley
Date:Sunday, April 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3040 ft / 926 m

Ascent Trip Report

The ascent was easy. A few patches of Mud and a few frozen puddles to step around. the Summit has a great view of Cardigan, and of everything to the North, including some of the highest of the White Mountains. We passed two hikers taking a break a little below the summit. At 2600 feet on the Manning trail we encountered an ice flow that made the trail impassable. We stopped an looked at it for a while, and decided we'd go off trail to the South and descend a slightly less icy flow with trees for hand holds. I went down first and it took about 10 minutes to descent about 40 vertical feet at an angle of about 60 degrees. While I was helping the others in my party descend, the two other hikers caught up with us and started looking for a different way because the woman was not impressed with our route. as the last one in our group made it down, the other hikers had eventually decided to follow us, so I stayed to see if I could offer assistance. He made it half way down fine, and stopped to help her, as she was having hard time and noticeably freaking out. I was trying to help her by telling her where I put my hands, and her was telling her to not listen to me and do what he did instead, all the while she was getting visibly more agitated, so I eventually wished them luck and left. We encountered a few more icy patches on the way down, but nothing that bad. All the ice certainly made an 11 mile hike feel a lot longer and my knees were killing me by the time we made it to the car. We took turns changing in the Lodge and chatted with the Lodge worker (I forgot his name but he was very friendly and helpful). When we were leaving the two hikers we left on the ice flow were just getting to their car. For our post hike meal we chose Tilton House of Pizza, apparently the Best in the state. It was certainly very good.

The Manning trail is an icy mess and probably will be into May.
The Lodge is awesome and the workers are friendly.
Tilton House of Pizza has really good Pizza.

Trip stats: 11.2 mi. 3470 ft. elevation gain. Total time: 6 hr. 54 min.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:185 ft / 56 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1730 ft / 527 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:135 ft / 41 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 115 ft / 35 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Start Trailhead:Col From Cardigan  2925 ft / 891 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1710 ft / 521 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1660 ft / 506 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Manning Trail
    End Trailhead:AMC Lodge  1380 ft / 420 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Cardigan Loop 4-10-16

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Church Mountain2016-04-10 a1081 ft / 329 m
2Brown Mountain2016-04-10 b200 ft / 61 m
3Church Mountain2016-04-10 c131 ft / 40 m
4Grafton Knob2016-04-10 d71 ft / 22 m
5Crane Mountain2016-04-10 e318 ft / 97 m
6Orange Mountain2016-04-10 f489 ft / 149 m
7Rimrock2016-04-10 g425 ft / 130 m
8Mount Cardigan-South Peak2016-04-10 h79 ft / 24 m
9Mount Cardigan2016-04-10 i403 ft / 123 m
10Firescrew2016-04-10 j185 ft / 56 m
11Alexandria High Point2016-04-10 k 
Total Trip Gain: 3382 ft / 1031 m    Total Trip Loss: 3392 ft / 1034 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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