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Ascent of Ricker Mountain on 2016-04-15

Climber: Dharma Bum

Date:Friday, April 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ricker Mountain
    Location:USA-Vermont
    Elevation:3400 ft / 1036 m

Ascent Trip Report

I approached this peak from the northern end of the Bolton Ski Area Base lodge walking through the parking area for Bolton's small Condo complex and ascending on service roads and ski slopes (Lower Turnpike and Turnpike). This approach is very close to some trails of the Catamount Ski Trail that connect with the Long Trail. Alternatively,one could utilize these trails to approach Ricker from the North. I've been wanting to stay off maintained trails in the early spring, so I elected to climb up the slopes. The going was pretty good but I erred in not carrying my microspikes with me and finding the higher elevations icy. It took some careful scrambling to get to Wilderness Peak (radio tower) and finally to the true summit. The section between Wilderness and Ricker Summit is about .25 mile. It was really tricky both for the lack of the spikes and the summit is ledgy and mostly thick spruce woods. I expect to find a herd path but basically had to bull my way up to the small ridge and a jar. My aim was to cross over to Woodward Mountain which is 1 mile as the crow flies - it is a 3000 footer but only 200 foot prominence. After slipping and sliding for a bit I decided it was not wise to continue. Coming back I ascended to the South of Wilderness Peak and hiked down the ski slopes. Altogether about a 4 mile hike. Some nice views coming up and down the mountain.
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