Thanksgiving – Mt. Moosilauke & the Tripyramids with the Kilimanjaro Team

Thanksgiving – Mt. Moosilauke & the Tripyramids with the Kilimanjaro Team

Thanksgiving – Mt. Moosilauke & the Tripyramids with the Kilimanjaro Team

Moosilauke – 4,802 ft. 7 miles

Tripyramids – 4,180, 4,140 & 4,100 Ft., 12 miles

The Prouty Mountaineering Program
(the first Prouty Challenge Event benefitting Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center)

November 25, 2012

Wes Chapman


Franconia Ridge from Moosilauke on a Warm & Sunny Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to get together with friends and family – and maybe for a hike or two. I have always tried to get up Moosilauke on Thanksgiving Day – and this year was as nice as last year was awful. Young Jon Morse (just off the plane from his freshman year at Michigan) is the most dedicated outdoorsman in his family, but the nice weather this year was enough to get his father, Rick, out to join us – such is the power of good weather. We were delighted to have him come along and do a little training for our Kilimanjaro trip – which is just around the corner.

Jon is in great shape, and tolerated our relatively slow pace up the Hill – he was kind to a couple of old geezers. The weather was spectacular – a light breeze and 50° – and there were a few other dedicated souls out to enjoy the day.

A solitary Hiker headed down the Carriage Path

Mrs. Baby enjoying lunch near the Summit

Spectacular November Light – Looking at Mt. Ascutney

Liberty & Flume, with Mt. Washington on the Horizon


Jon & Rick Morse at the Summit

Brad and Ann Taylor dropped me a note to climb on Sunday – and I jumped at the chance. Ann and Brad are dedicated backcountry skiers and climbers, and Brad is coming along with us to Kilimanjaro in a couple of weeks. We chose the Tripyramids out of Waterville Valley for a change of pace. I don’t get a chance to get to this part of the State very often, but the Taylors spend a lot of time over here back country skiing. They were great guides, and we moved right along – which was good as the weather was 8° with a 30 mph wind at the summit.

Middle and North Tripyramid from South Tripyramid

We met only one other person all day – Ken Young – proprietor of Young’s restaurant in Durham NH. We met Ken near the Middle Summit, after tracking him for about an hour. The trail was snow and ice, and he had neither Microspikes nor poles – and he was flying. He was a really engaging guy – out training for Aconcagua, after completing Denali this spring. If he cooks as well as he climbs, his business must be booming.

Ann & Brad Taylor on the Summit of South Tripyramid – Waterville Valley and Osceolas on the Horizon

Brad Taylor at the top of the South Slide with Sandwich Dome in the Background


Ann Taylor nearing the Summit of Middle Tripyramid

Squam Lake from South Tripyramid

Next weekend is the last Kilimanjaro Prep hike – 14 months after we started this adventure with a Sunday hike up Smart’s Mountain in September of 2011. We have 6 people headed to Tanzania, culminating this effort with a trip up Kilimanjaro. We all appreciate the support from the team mates, friends, donors and the staff at NCCC – these folks have been simply terrific, and we could not have done this without their support.

Stay tuned for blogs from the climb in December – we hope to get them out daily.

Remember, it’s all about people.


All the Best from Kilimanjaro

Wes Chapman
Written by Wes Chapman

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