Ascent of Mount Moosilauke on 2009-03-29

Climber: Michael Blair

Date:Sunday, March 29, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Moosilauke
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Random Group. Monica, Jeff, Fil, Mike L, Diane, Emily, Kevin, Scott, Lei, and Shawn.

Miserable weather - cool temperatures no wind and rain.

Up Glencliff Trail. Down Glencliff Trail.

One of the worst days of hiking. Crappy sleep in the car at the trailhead. Little sleep most of the week - working late nights and early mornings. Nevewr made it to the top - crapped out at about 3700 feet but kept on pushing up the mountain until 4400 feet and couldn't go on any further. Let the group go on without me - it was cold, windy, and raining and having them wait for me to catch up and keep up could have put them at risk so it was safer for me to let them go up with the other four leaders that were part of the group. Dug a seat into the side of the snow bank in a spot using a cluster of trees as a windbreak. It seemed like it took hours for them to summit and return but in all liklihood it was more like 90 minutes.

The sledding down was pretty good. Jeff brought his Swiss Bob sleds and they are much faster and easier to use than the Quicky sleds that we had been using.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles

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