Ascent of Avery Peak on 2017-12-30

Climber: David Darby

Date:Saturday, December 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Avery Peak
    Elevation:4088 ft / 1246 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day #3 - NEHH group trip

08:00 - Meet at the end of Stratton Brook road. The road is not plowed in the winter (snowmobile trail), so we will be hiking in a long way.
08:20 - Everyone is ready to go. We hit the trail (road) headed for the horns. 8 People will do the horns and back, 4 of us will do Bigelow and Avery (full loop). The trail is somewhat broken out (~2 days prior w/ windblown snow). There is a quick break when the trail branches to the left. Then there is another quick brack at the leanto at the AT intersection. I arrive first and because I was leading, I developed a fair amount of sweat. As we waited, I became very cold and changed a layer. It took a couple of minutes to warm back up, but it was a smart decision to put a dry layer on.
12:00 - The Horns summit. There are some nice views. Blue sky and light wind. A few quick pics. We say goodbye to the 8 people returning and 4 of us push on toward Avery (not breaking trail).
13:30 - Bigelow Summit. We quickly pop up to the summit and take some nice pics. The wind is higher as it's exposed so we move along quickly toward Avery.
14:00 - Avery summit. The wind is much higher here. We grab some shelter behind the foundation for a few minutes. After a few quick pics, we run back over the summit and scramble down into the trees to get out of the COLD. I notice one of the guys has bad frostbite on his nose. We quickly warm it up and get moving.
16:42 - Back at the cars. Just before dark. This was a long (15+ miles) cold (below 0 all day) day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:283 ft / 86 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2968 ft / 904 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Frigid, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:283 ft / 86 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Start Trailhead:Bigelow  3805 ft / 1159 m
    Time:0 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2968 ft / 904 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Firewardens trail
    End Trailhead:Strattton Brook Road  1120 ft / 341 m
    Time:2 Hours 42 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2017-12-30 - Bigelows

Complete Trip Sequence:
1The Horns2017-12-302684 ft / 818 m
2Bigelow Mountain2017-12-30657 ft / 200 m
3Avery Peak2017-12-30283 ft / 86 m
Total Trip Gain: 3624 ft / 1104 m    Total Trip Loss: 3568 ft / 1088 m
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