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Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2007-08-19

Climber: Diane Mancino

Date:Sunday, August 19, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Moosilauke
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4802 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

We found breakfast in Woodstock at Peg's Restaurant. The only place in Woodstock open at 5:30 am. Blueberry pancakes and real maple syrup, this will do.

We drove to the Ravine road trailhead- Easy to find off RT 118 S, Dartmouth College has the area well marked.

Michael, Monica, Lyon and Peter carpooled from the Boston area, and Ed figured out who we were for his first Meetup. Super!

9:10 start The ravine trail was lots of fun, sometimes a soft forest floor, with a little bit of rock hopping. The trail had level areas with climbs in between. There were some large bounders to climb around, but nothing of great concern. The biggest thing here was paying attention to the junctions- there were many. We were careful to stop and wait for the hikers in the rear to catch up. Sometimes we just stopped to stare-the moss covered scenery was wonderful.
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We could tell we were gaining elevation but the change of terrain. More rocky trails, and it was getting cooler. the final push for the summit, we gladly put on our windbreakers to hike the bare summit- what a sight!We Summited about 1pm, enjoyed the views, heard some history from a Dartmouth guide, and headed down Carriage/Snapper trail.

This trail was more meadow like- more rocks, but shorter than Ravine trail.We were almost to the Ravine lodge, when faced with another junction sign. A quick look at the map and we found ourselves behind the lodge. I think the walk to the car was the steepest part. 3:15 PM Water consumed 2.5 liters.

The Tilton Diner was our place to celebrate this wonderful hike- Here's to Peak # 34!

Ravine Lodge Notes: This lodge is open to the public. You can eat there if you have reservations. Bunk rooms ( your bedding) $20 cabin-$25 lodge per night each. You will share a room with others.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:moderate
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy



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