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Mt. Tom - My 1st Winter Solo Hike

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Mt. Tom (4,057ft) Elevation Gain: 2,150ft Trail: Avalon, A-Z and Mt Tom Spur Distance: 5.8 miles roundtrip Duration: 4.5 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at summit) My 4000+ Peak #16 Listed 4000+: #40 Difficulty: Moderate My very first official solo winter hike! And my third attempt to hike Mt. Tom. Couple days ago I was making my second attempt to solo hike Mt. Tom. But when I got to the trailhead around 915am, it was still foggy/cloudy and overcast. The folks at the AMC Highland Center told me that the sun was going to come out but they didn't know what time. I didn't want to wait and take a chance of not having enough daylight to hike. And I sure didn't want to hike it with my camera equipment and not have any views to photograph. So I went to the International Mountain Equipment store in North Conway and shopped through their "Consignment" section in their basement where I found two fantabulous deals on used ice climbing equipment! OMG, Kof