Memorial Day Weekend on Mt. Moosilauke – A Cold & Snowy Affair

Memorial Day Weekend on Mt. Moosilauke – A Cold & Snowy Affair

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Wes Chapman

May 26, 2013

First shot heading up th etrail

Fresh snow on Moosilauke – a May surprise

A freak snow in May

Alone, wind,* cold, snow; sublime

Peter stayed in bed

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Moosilauke is one of my favorite Hills, always capable of generating a real surprise. Today was just such a day – mid-winter conditions on May 26th. I broke trail all the way up, and had the pleasure of wading through some waist deep snow drifts. Fortunately I had my normal winter kit, minus gaiters and goggles – which I really missed toward the summit.

 Ice on trees

Icicles at 3,800 feet

 Fox Tracks near the summit

Fox tracks on the summit ridge

Frozen Summit

Frozen Summit

On the way down, I was joined by 4 through hikers – they were not prepared for the weather. I advised that they hole up in one of the huts until the weather blew through – we’ll see if they end up in the newspaper.

 Pete in Bed

Peter stayed in bed

Sunday morning coming down

Sunday morning coming down

Adios from Mt. Moosilauke

Wes Chapman
Written by Wes Chapman

3 Comment responses

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    May 27, 2013

    I slept like a king! Actually there was a freak storm here in Slovenia too. The pass through which we cycled days before(Vrsic) was closed to all traffic.

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    May 27, 2013

    Looks more like early March than late May. And what’s with King Peter I? Is he sleeping or lying in state?

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    May 27, 2013

    5/10/1945 I marched through 10″ of snow at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine in the Navy V-12 program.

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