Ascent of Mount Hancock on 2017-12-08

Climber: John Krzeminski

Date:Friday, December 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Hancock
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Carried winter pack and gear minus snowshoes. Testing out the MSR Mountaineering Poles. Light traction was needed about .25 from TH and the rest of the way. Snow never amounted to more than above the ankle. Chose North Hancock first with a .7 elevation from junction. GREAT workout.. Hillsounds rocked.. stowed poles. chilly at the top. Started the 1.4 with minimal ups and downs to the lower South Hancock and once there broke out the MSR poles for descent. Temps were in the 20s and the poles extended nicely. The rotating knob for tightening the clamps worked very well. Used the poles on a very icy descent.. Worked GREAT. I did note that the lower shaft (made of aluminum) flexed abit under stress but that worked to it's benefit. Pretty light... about an inch shorter than my cheap setup. Boy if these would collapse another 4 inches that would be great. Different sizes? M-L? Poles stowed snagged some trees on five occassions with a 3 foot plus some trail width..
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles

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