Ascent to South Moat Mountain-Shoulder of South Moat on 2020-12-06

Climber: Nicholas Belanger

Date:Sunday, December 6, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:South Moat Mountain - Shoulder of South Moat
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2356 ft / 718 m
    Remaining Elevation:404 ft / 123 m (19% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Update: REGRET REGRET REGRET REGRET REGRET REGRET. Toes feel fine, I feel bad. Next time I ain’t stopping unless that little guy chips off my foot.

Poor choices poor outcomes. Saw 4 cars ahead of me in the lot and assumed the trail would be packed enough for the trail runners. Knowing they’re not waterproof in the least, and were still somewhat wet from yesterday I laced them up and stepped out of my car directly into a puddle ?????

Regardless I moved on. Moved smoothly and quickly, got where the trees thinned and threw on the spikes. Once I pushed up every step was a foot deep into the snow. I trudged on for a while feeling the ice pack onto my shoes and eventually seeping in through my sock. Kept going but eventually hit a point where every-other thought was about how fucking cold my damn toes were. Called it about 1/3mile from the summit and cruised down.

Got some bright red little piggies ?? ready to thaw out. Shit happens, we’ll get em next time. Gorgeous day out regardless.

P.S: Anyone got any recommendations for some good waterproof winter trail runners for packed trails? The Bushidos offer approx. zero protection from the elements.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1690 ft / 515 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:Moat Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:Moat Mountain Trailhead  666 ft / 202 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:27 Minutes

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