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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Cardigan (attempt), NH
Trails
Trails: Holt Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, November 23, 2012
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: easy rock hopping 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This was our first time on the Holt trail. We knew it would be steep but had not anticipated the extent of the steepness on PJ's ledge. There was significant ice, often requiring a less than optimal crossing of the ledge or necessitating a work around. We were turned back just shy of the summit, when we encountered blue ice along the most obvious line of approach, with no work-around that all of us could manage. A fellow coming up behind us, with long legs and arms, was able to get up and over a rock section and then he was good to go for the summit. We would have needed crampons to proceed. Discretion being the better part of valor, and given the long drop should one of us slip, we decided to retreat and try again another day. Great views from the ledges and a wonderful hike.  
Name
Name: Sugaree 
E-Mail
E-Mail: barkers@alumni.unh.edu 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2012-11-25 
Link
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