Ascent of Mount Pierce on 2010-02-06

Climber: Gokul Gopal

Others in Party:Alex Nedzel
Joan & Cliff
Mitch Silverman
Sandy Green
Dan Westerberg
Beth Mitchell
Rich (Johnson?)
Vincent Palmieri
Jonathan (Bernblum?)
(and others)
Date:Saturday, February 6, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Pierce
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4310 ft / 1313 m

Ascent Trip Report

AMC WHP backpack - started with two groups (totaling 15 people) at about 11am from the Crawford Connector Trailhead, just up Clinton Rd. Severe blowdown on the Mizpah Cutoff slowed us down a bit, but we were already going fairly slowly, given the size of the group. Got to the tentsite and picked out a spot at about 3pm - set up camp, kitchen area, boiled water and ate/drank for a little while. Set off for Pierce at about 5pm, just as it was getting dark. Summitted the South Peak of Pierce, then the main peak, and returned to camp (most of this trip in darkness, using headlamps). Made dinner, bailed water for the night, ate and went to bed. Woke up to temps of -10F, ate some breakfast, took down tents and set off back to trailhead. En route, however, we missed the turnoff onto the Mizpah Cutoff and spent an extra 3 hrs wandering along the Webster Cliff Trail before the white AT blazes were noticed and we retraced to the cutoff. Made it down to the trailhead at 2:15pm.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Route:Webster Cliff, Mizpah Cutoff, Crawford Path
    Start Trailhead:3910 ft / 1191 m
    Time:1 Days 3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Naumann-Pierce Backpack (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Pierce-South Peak2010-02-06 a2550 ft / 777 m
2Mount Pierce2010-02-06 b400 ft / 122 m
Total Trip Gain: 2950 ft / 899 m

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