Mt. Cushman

Climbed Mt. Cushman on 12/23/2016 with Bill and Diane Schor and Bill Cronin. It was a nice bright sunny day with some wind but temps that started out in the 20s and warmed up a little bit. Mt. Cushman is located off Rt 118 west of Lincoln. We entered the woods at the height of land on Rt 118 and started up the ridge to the summit. We only had to gain about 770 feet to reach the summit over 1.5 miles.

Geared up and ready to go
Geared up and ready to go

After we entered the woods there was a short section of Hobble Bush which is difficult to get through with snow shoes on your feet. They tend to trip you and get wrapped around your feet. We made it through that section and we had anywhere from 1 to 2 feet of powdery snow. It was pretty easy going with nothing steep and only a few sections of spruce that were close together.

Bill and Diane making thier way through the woods
Bill and Diane making their way through the woods

We pretty quickly made our way to the summit. We kept thinking we were there but then it would go up a little bit more. The actual summit was in an area of thick spruce and there wasn’t much room so we took a few pictures and then went down to a more open area that was in the sun to eat our PBJs.

Summit of Mt. Cushman
Summit of Mt. Cushman

After eating we started down and somehow Diane fell and because the snow was soft and deep she couldn’t get up. We had a pretty good chuckle about her predicament.

Diane lounging in the snow
Diane lounging in the snow
Bill helping her out
Bill helping her out

We made our way back to the car and made it home before dark, which doesn’t happen to often in winter. Only 66 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest.

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