Snowshoe on Moosilauke

A glorious winter day, right after a big snowstorm.

My friends Kathy and David and I decided to head up Mount Moosilauke, after Friday’s big snowstorm.  There was about 6” of new snow on top of several feet of solid base, which made for fantastic conditions.  With a group of 4 snowshoers breaking trail a couple of hours ahead of us, we cruised up the Glencliff trail. Read on…

North peak of Mount Moosilauke.

The day started cold and brilliantly sunny.  Although some clouds came through mid-day, during much of our time on the ridge we were in bright sunshine. The rime ice on the trees, with a coating of hoar frost, was delightfully delicate. 

We crossed the ridge with a pack of skiers who had come up Carriage Road, with only a little cross-wind. We bumped into another old friend, Rich Nichol, just in time to pull off at a sheltered spot to share a birthday cake.  

The summit was free of clouds, barely, with temps perhaps 10 degrees and a strong wind.  We didn’t stay long, but once we returned to the ridge the sun came out in force, the wind dropped, and we slowed down to enjoy the view.  

Crossing the ridge, Mount Moosilauke.

Butt-sliding and tele-shoeing down the trail, we made it out about six hours after our morning start.  A fantastic day! Check out the photo gallery.


This post was transferred from MobileMe to WordPress in 2021, with an effort to retain the content as close to the original as possible; I recognize that some comments may now seem dated or some links may now be broken.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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