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Ascent of Big Moose Mountain on 2009-07-03

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
David Musser
and Heidi Rhodes
Date:Friday, July 3, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Moose Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3196 ft / 974 m

Ascent Trip Report

After days of bad weather and itching to begin training for my upcoming Colorado trip - decided to start daily hikes. Very foggy morning after heavy rains in the night. Was hoping the sun would burn the fog away. Left cottage at 7AM got to TH around 8AM Was down by 11:30 and never saw a view. The views are supposed to be great but the fog was crazy thick! At the summit the trees were dripping with water as if it was raining - but no rain. We were inside of a cloud. The mountain streams were raging with water from the night and made several nice water falls that were noisy. Moose tracks everywhere but never saw a moose. On way down saw many more fresh moose tracks. "Big Squaw" would have great views if on a sunny day. Very slippery and wet all day and muddy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1816 ft / 553 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Intense wet fog all day. No visibility
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1816 ft / 553 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:State Lands Trail
    Start Trailhead:1380 ft / 420 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Time:1 Hours 



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