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    Wow, this a trip report for the books!

    "I guess everyone needs to spend at least one sleepless 10-degree night in the deep woods, with wet clothes, shoes & socks and less than 8 oz left to drink. The hike just became a comedy of circumstances and unlucky choices on the way down. And yes, my toes have finally thawed out!"

    https://newenglandtrailconditions.co...?entryid=52579

    Trip started at 9am on Friday (February 19, 2021), and finished 7:15 on Saturday morning!

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    Glad you are okay, The Jewell does have small cairns that blend in the fog and when snow covered are hard to see. At first I thought you said you got to the hut at 1:45 in the afternoon but re=read it and saw you made good time to the hut.

    A solo version of the "Three Bonds in a Day" report that Mo filed years ago on a group he led. Your trip was a little shorter as they went past 24 hours.
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    That doesn't sound like fun at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike P. View Post
    Glad you are okay,
    I'm great! But then again, my name is Brian and the author of this trip report is named Bob. I stood on Moosilauke and Flume last weekend. Both offered their challenges, in their own ways, but nothing like what this gentleman encountered.

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    I wonder if the poster of this report has a (real) hiking GPS. In very low visibility it could help him retrace his steps even if he did not have good trail maps on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iAmKrzys View Post
    I wonder if the poster of this report has a (real) hiking GPS. In very low visibility it could help him retrace his steps even if he did not have good trail maps on it.
    I wonder if he has any idea how lucky he is to be alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scubahhh View Post
    I wonder if he has any idea how lucky he is to be alive.
    I second that thought.

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    Give the dude credit, he had stamina that's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    I'm great! But then again, my name is Brian and the author of this trip report is named Bob. I stood on Moosilauke and Flume last weekend. Both offered their challenges, in their own ways, but nothing like what this gentleman encountered.

    Brian
    They both begin with a B. and you and Bob were hiking and the times he posted were pretty good.

    Trying to understand his leaving the Cog cut (that is the ski trail, right?) and opting for the Jewell. couldn't read it? Was he worried about the pitch being steep enough to slide? Or, maybe he couldn't see if there were any drops he didn't want to negotiate in snowshoes?

    I believe the WMG mentions the upper Jewell is difficult to follow in poor visibility & or snow covered due to small cairns. Curious if a smaller percentage of hikers today have a WMG and how often they use it, either the paper version or online version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike P. View Post
    They both begin with a B. and you and Bob were hiking and the times he posted were pretty good.

    Trying to understand his leaving the Cog cut (that is the ski trail, right?) and opting for the Jewell. couldn't read it? Was he worried about the pitch being steep enough to slide? Or, maybe he couldn't see if there were any drops he didn't want to negotiate in snowshoes?

    I believe the WMG mentions the upper Jewell is difficult to follow in poor visibility & or snow covered due to small cairns. Curious if a smaller percentage of hikers today have a WMG and how often they use it, either the paper version or online version.
    The area around Jacobs Ladder can be dicey especially in low visibility. There are a few other spots where the potential and exposure to Burnt Ravine is significant. A women from Bartlett took a slide there not that long ago and had to be rescued. https://www.conwaydailysun.com/news/...8c68864e9.html
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    This is a great trip report. Thanks for the link to it. This is what an experienced hiker does when he gets into trouble...he gets himself out of it. No 911 calls. Just a text to the wife saying he'll be late.

    Wow!! Of course, he must be in phenomenal shape to survive that kind of an ordeal. If you are going to embark on that kind of hike, you better be! He also was a little lucky with the weather, but maybe he knew the forecast. I think that this is way better than the 3 Bonds in a day trip, which confounded me with the decisions that led to them getting benighted. But, they also got themselves out without any assistance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B the Hiker View Post
    I'm great! But then again, my name is Brian and the author of this trip report is named Bob. I stood on Moosilauke and Flume last weekend. Both offered their challenges, in their own ways, but nothing like what this gentleman encountered.

    Brian
    Sure, Brian, we see right through you. ;-)

    P.s. Awesome TR!
    Last edited by TEO; 02-25-2021 at 09:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maineguy View Post
    This is a great trip report. Thanks for the link to it. This is what an experienced hiker does when he gets into trouble...he gets himself out of it. No 911 calls. Just a text to the wife saying he'll be late.

    Wow!! Of course, he must be in phenomenal shape to survive that kind of an ordeal. If you are going to embark on that kind of hike, you better be! He also was a little lucky with the weather, but maybe he knew the forecast. I think that this is way better than the 3 Bonds in a day trip, which confounded me with the decisions that led to them getting benighted. But, they also got themselves out without any assistance.
    Yes, they did OK once they were in a predicament ... that said, I feel like this person had many opportunities to avoid getting in this kind of trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirabela View Post
    Yes, they did OK once they were in a predicament ... that said, I feel like this person had many opportunities to avoid getting in this kind of trouble.
    I would agree, we don't have many details, he was pretty quick and appears to know the area well as he describes it, the back and forth between going and not going up Monroe and then getting on the Tuckerman Crossover that maybe just doing Monroe was enough. That day there are two other Ammo trips which stopped at the Hut.

    Had it been nice, would he have had company from other groups. If you are on Cabot on a Wednesday and you don't see someone that might be coincidence. A Saturday in the Presidentials, the lack of people should have been a sign about conditions. Here is one of the Monroe attempts: https://www.newenglandtrailcondition...?entryid=52588
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    I'm curious about one thing. I've never gone down via the Cog route, doesn't it follow the tracks? How do you lose a RR track, no matter what the weather.

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