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Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2013-01-19

Climber: Evan B

Others in Party:Catherine
Shane
Date:Saturday, January 19, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Moosilauke
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4802 ft / 1463 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were the only people at the trail head when we started at 8:30. There was about 3-4'' of new snow on the trail from the night before. There was not much of a base, just ice and rocks, thanks to an unseasonably warm few days earlier in the week.

Going up the Beaver Brook Trail, there are several very steep sections along the edge of the brook, and we made use of the iron railings mounted along some sections of the trail. Once you get up to the ridge, about 2 miles into the hike, the trail gets somewhat easier. However, as you work your way around Mount Blue, the trail clings to the edge of the ridge above Jobildunk Ravine. There were several sections that required care to keep from slipping off the side of the trail.

The final push to the summit, once above treeline was quite difficult, given the 40-50 mph wind gusts. Walking along the exposed summit trail, I could barely stand upright. While my partners were crouched in the wind-breaks so thoughtfully placed up there, I quickly took some summit pictures. Although the temperature was in the teens, and I left my gloves on, I couldn't feel my fingers after this.

The descent was very difficult, given that we had to take care not to slide much, since we were afraid of going off the edge of the trail, first into the Jobildunk, and second into Beaver Brook.

All in all, it was a fast, fun hike. However, I would recommend taking care to plan for the weather in the winter. Make sure there is enough snow cover, and be ready for the incredibly high winds at the summit. If the trail has been worn down much, there won't be much resistance to keep you from flying off of the edge of the trail on the sideways sloping sections. I will definitely be back to climb this mountain again, but probably only in the summer.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:Beaver Brook Trail
    Trailhead:Beaver Brook Parking Area  
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Overcast
High clouds, heavy wind
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 10 Minutes



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