Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2010-06-26
|Others in Party:||4 Seasons Hiking Meetup group. John Lane|
Diane Mancino & 16 others
|Date:||Saturday, June 26, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Hampshire|
| Elevation:||4802 ft / 1463 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSupposed to be a full moon hike to see the sunset & moonrise from Moosliauke and then hike down in the moonlight. Driving up from Massachusetts was overcast but as an eternal optimist, especaily regarding fog, I thought...it'll burn off....ya it'll burn off and we'll have great views. We left the trailhead at 5:15 PM, got caught in a couple of rain showers. The fog/clouds never did burn off and because it was Moosilauke i.e., very windy and overcast/fog with no views at the summit, I didn't eat anything except for a powerbar and a handful of gorp. I paid the price and my body shut down about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. A 10 minute rest and a 50 mg Hammer Nutrition Espresso Endurance Gel and I was fully recovered.
The most incredible thing I saw on this hike was a huge white moth about 5 inches long with a wing span of 8 inches that was drawn to our head lamps about midnight. At first I thought it was a dove. The moth flew in and around our group of 4 for a couple of minutes and then we lost sight of it.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3312 ft / 1009 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds|
started as overcast, then showers, fog & wind at summit
| Gain on way in:||3312 ft / 1009 m|
| Route:||Glencliff Trail, Carriage Rd Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Glencliff trailhead 1490 ft / 454 m|
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