Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2010-06-19
|Date:||Saturday, June 19, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4802 ft / 1463 m|
Ascent Trip ReportGreat day to do this mountain. Sunny and warm everywhere else, but cool on the mountain - the only bad thing is that it was very hazy. Lots of bugs, but not really bad except for a few spots near the water crossings on the descent. I took the Gorge Brook trail to the summit, then the AT over to the south peak, then the Carriage Road to the Snapper Trail making for a really great loop.
Started out later than usual for me - 10 AM - and had to walk some extra way up Ravine Road since parking stretched out far down the road - I wouldn't be alone on the mountain today. The climb was uneventful. A couple of short steep sections, but mostly a really nice grade. Despite this, I was pretty tired by the time I got to the top even having to stop several times on the final fairly flat 1/2 mile along the ridge to the summit.
I downed one bottle of water and filled it up again before leaving the stream. They actually have a sign that says the "Last Sure Water".
It was really great to be in an Alpine zone again - I love all the different, abundant tiny flowers everywhere. A rocky summit means some great 360 degree views. I stopped for longer than normal at the top to recover. But it was really nice at the top with lots of people and lots of little shelters to explore. Plus, the views all around were great.
It was rather windy above the tree line, so I put on my wind jacket and took off my hat. I was above treeline for over an hour on a sunny day around 1 PM. Yup, bad sunburn on my head. Ouch.
I took the AT trail along the ridge to the south peak. I missed the turn off to the south peak because the sign is no longer there. I had to backtrack back about 300 yards - this is where got hit with a bad groin cramp. I would be dealing with twinges from cramping for the rest of the descent. Downed 4 ibuprofen and the rest of my water to try to fight back the cramping. If I hadn't printed out a sheet that explained exactly how to get there, I would not have found it. The south peak had some interesting views also and a nice look back at the ridge trail. Lots of bees on the south peak.
The descent was uneventful except for many twinges threatening another muscle cramp. I found a water crossing and immediately filled up my bottles and downed one. It's great packing the water filter, but you have to find water to use it.
This is definitely a worthwhile climb. Loved it.
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