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    Wildcats/Carters/Moriah Traverse 12-26

    7:00am
    The 3 of us leave the Wildcat Ski Area parking lot with one of the workers stating, "We don't open until 8". We tell him thanks, we know, and head up one of the ski trails to the summit.

    8:12am
    We reach the summit of Wildcat D. It's cold and windy with a good 8 inches of fresh powder blowing around. We head off to Wildcat A breaking trail as we go.

    9:34am
    Reach the summit of Wildcat A. We can barely see Carter Notch hut below us thru the blowing snow. Ridge has alot of windblown powder over a packed base.

    11:26am
    We are on the summit of Carter Dome. Very blustery! We have a quick lunch off the summit and keep going towards Zeta Pass.

    12:15pm
    We reach Zeta Pass. Thom heads down towards the 19MB Trail, and we head off to S. Carter.

    12:51pm
    We arrive at S. Carter, take a quick break and just keep on moving... The ridge has less snow than the Wildcat Ridge, but we are still breaking trail.

    1:36pm
    We reach M. Carter. Still windy and cold.

    4:24pm
    We are on the summit of Moriah. Getting dark now so we take a few pictures and head down back towards the Stony Brook Trail.

    We head down the Stony Brook Trail with our headlamps guiding the way. Trail is a mess! Lots of undermined snow. Snow is also soft, not very consolidated, so we occasionally posthole while wearing our snowshoes.

    Stony Brook is very high and difficuilt to cross, especially while wearing snowshoes and using a headlamp. I almost made it across dry...

    Back to the spotted vehicle at 6:55pm

    6 down, 42 to go...

    Frodo and Stinkyfeet

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    Senior Member Mohamed Ellozy's Avatar
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    Best of luck on your quest, Frodo and Stinkyfeet!

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    Looking forward to more reports!!

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    Nice report Frodo! I think at that agressive pace, when you were "falling" in the brook, I would have been somewhere around North Carter!

    Max
    "Never take no cut-offs, and hurry along as fast as you can." Virginia Reed -- surviving member of the Donner Party

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    I'd still be sitting at the hut drinking cocoa. 1:12 to Wildcat D? Oy! Nice pace!

    Great report (and the Twins one as well). Keep going - I'm living vicariously through them!
    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Edward Abbey

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    Hey Frodo and Stinkyfeet.

    We slept in this morning. When I woke up and looked at the clock, I said to 4-wheeler- "They've been hiking for 2 and a half hours already!

    Sleeping in is good. We may join you on Thursday though...
    good luck!

    fluffy and 4-wheeler

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