Ascent of Mount Ellen on 2016-10-01

Climber: Thomas Caruso

Date:Saturday, October 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Ellen
    Elevation:4083 ft / 1244 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did not have good weather on this one but figured a great way to burn part of a day. Little misty, very windy, cold and overcast on the summit. Made good time though, out and back in 4, probably due to not hanging on the summit too long. Also had my first encounter with a moose, a big bull crossed my path about 50 feet in front of me on the Jerusalem trail just past the maple tree farm. I spooked it, it came out of the trail from the right while I was going west up the trail, crossed the trail and went about 100 feet down the other side, turned broadside and looked at me. Startled the crap out of me, I paused, and watched for a couple of seconds and moved away up the trail keeping my eye on him. He was magnificent. Didn't stop to take a picture, didn't want to anger him. Just walked by. Saw a buck about 5 minutes later!
Lucky day on the trail, not so lucky at the summit!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Cloudy, misty, windy and cold.

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