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.
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.
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.
We are on the summit of Carter Dome. Very blustery! We have a quick lunch off the summit and keep going towards Zeta Pass.
We reach Zeta Pass. Thom heads down towards the 19MB Trail, and we head off to S. Carter.
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.
We reach M. Carter. Still windy and cold.
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