Ascent of Mount Waumbek on 2016-12-28

Climber: Scott Dresser

Others in Party:Emily Dresser
Date:Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Waumbek
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4006 ft / 1221 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trailhead not plowed out so Emily and I parked at the "pool lot" on the other side of Rte 2 opposite Starr King Rd. Adds 0.4m to the 7.6m hike. Our first true winter hike so we started easy, it turned out that with micro spikes the hike was very easy. The grade up Starr King Trail to Starr King was very consistent, never steep, never flat. Started in a hardwood forest and as you get onto the north side of the ridge it turns to evergreens and a nice wintery hike. Trail was packed frozen granular since the previous day had melted and refrozen overnight. Ran into about 15 people during the day, most of us seemed to get to the top about the same time around noon. No views at the Starr King lookout since we were in the clouds almost all day (trailhead had nice views of the Cherry Mtns but the whites were covered. Top of Waumbek was cold (10F) but no wind and we had prep'ed pretty well with the exception of my boots.

Hike down with micro spikes was even easier, probably easier than a summer hike because of not having to worry about rocks and traction. Total time was just over 5 hours with 3049' of gain and 8.0m (although the GPS track is closer to 7.5m).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:408 ft / 124 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2871 ft / 874 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
25F at base and overcast, 10F at top and in the clouds, light snow
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:408 ft / 124 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 108 ft / 33 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Starr King Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mt Starr King  3898 ft / 1188 m
    Time:44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2571 ft / 783 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:Starr King Trail
    End Trailhead:Pool Parking Lot  1435 ft / 437 m
    Time:1 Hours 57 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Starr King Waumbek

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Starr King2016-12-282462 ft / 750 m
2Mount Waumbek2016-12-28408 ft / 124 m
Total Trip Gain: 2870 ft / 874 m    Total Trip Loss: 2871 ft / 875 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Scott Dresser
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