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Ascent of South Kinsman Mountain on 2017-03-19

Climber: Scott Dresser

Date:Sunday, March 19, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Kinsman Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4358 ft / 1328 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was on top of North Kinsman by 9:45a (2 hrs 45 min) and I had only seen one person heading down from the Lonesome Lake Hut. My goal was to get to South Kinsman before 11am. It was a little slower going on the ridge trail because of the low branches and softer snow. Opted to stay in snowshoes which was a good choice and it helped clean up some of the post holes from yesterday.

Nice views of South Kinsman and a partially obscured Moosilauke as I hiked down the south side of the North Kinsman. More views of north peak and my first view of Kinsman Pond as I hiked up South. Ran into 2 guys coming back from South just as I was getting to the top, they had stayed at Lonesome Lake Hut and got an earlier start. I walked up to the north hump, took in some views and had a bite to eat before heading over to the summit cairn on the south hump. By this time Franconia Ridge was clear and Moosilauke had also cleared out with no wind to boot!

Turned back down the hill at 11am and made stops at North Kinsman, Kinsman Pond and Lonesome Lake before arriving back at the car around 2:10pm. Ran into at least 20 people making their way up on this beauty of a day. Great to add another 2 peaks to my winter list! My 18th and 19th overall and 5th and 6th for the winter.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:909 ft / 276 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3404 ft / 1037 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 9.9 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
10F at parking lot, warmed into 20's during day. Some clouds early and completely clear at end. No w
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:368 ft / 112 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 101 ft / 31 m; Extra: 267 ft / 81m
    Loss on way in:267 ft / 81 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Kinsman Ridge
    Start Trailhead:North Kinsman Peak  4257 ft / 1297 m
    Time:1 Hours 8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3137 ft / 956 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2596 ft / 791 m; Extra: 541 ft / 164m
    Gain on way out:541 ft / 164 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.3 km
    Route:Kinsman Ridge, Fishin' Jimmys, Lonesome Lake
    End Trailhead:Lafayette Place Lot  1762 ft / 537 m
    Time:3 Hours 9 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: North Kinsman South Kinsman

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1North Kinsman Mountain2017-03-192798 ft / 853 m
2South Kinsman Mountain2017-03-19909 ft / 277 m
Total Trip Gain: 3707 ft / 1130 m    Total Trip Loss: 3671 ft / 1119 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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