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Monday, October 18, 2010

Mt. Jim, October 17, 2010

Asquam Ridge Trail from Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, 6.8 miles roundtrip.

Alex wanted to ascend Mt. Clay today, but Winter With Attitude kept us below treeline. Mt. Jim, near Mt. Moosilauke, has a treed summit and is a moderate hike from the lodge. Just the thing for this kind of weather.

It was fall when we started...

...but it became winter within a mile of the hut.

Alex was happy to see the snow; winter has become her favorite hiking season and she looks forward to the coming months.


The one bit of view we had today...

The path leading up to the summit...

The peak of Jim lies a bit off the trail, to the north of the path. There's supposedly a herd path leading to it, but we couldn't find it underneath all the snow and blowdowns. We resorted to wandering about and stepping on all the high bits of land we could find.

Is this the summit?

What about this?

Well, I think we must have gotten it at some point. We're deciding we did, anyway.

Our descent was quick and easy, in spite of the slippery snow-slush on the lower portion of the ridge.

This was a great hike for the shoulder-season conditions -- not too steep, and relatively short.

After an after-hike stretch at Moosilauke Ravine Lodge...

...we spent the rest of the day making pumpkin pies.

We'll get Clay next time, provided the wind behaves itself.

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