Cabin Trip Feb 19-20, 2011: The Weekend of Food

After a luxuriously late 9:15 meet up at the HOC office, three leaders and four participants piled into Scot’s newly rented soccer mom minivan and headed over to Dunster to pick up food. Unsurprisingly, our pack out was forgotten, and 30 minutes and one trip to the walk-in freezer later we headed to NH with basically enough food to feed the entire HOC list for the weekend. By one we were on the trail, headed up South Moat. The trail was fairly covered in snow, but it was pretty steady going most of the way up. As we reached the summit, the wind picked up majorly and we nearly got blown off the top. Quickly retreating, we headed down, mostly sliding on our butts. After we reached the parking lot, it was time for a little pre-dinner dessert – a trip to Dairy Queen. Our stomachs stuffed with Blizzards, we headed to the HOC Cabin for the night. When we got there, the AMC group was already sitting down to a gourmet meal. It was generally decided that we want to skip right to retirement and be these people in 40 years (although perhaps minus the guy who wanted to introduce Sarah to his entire family). We made a dinner of pasta with tomato sauce and veggies from HUHDS and played an epic round of settlers of Catan before bed.
The next morning, we woke up at 7:45 and ate a giant breakfast of cereal and amazing eggs (one of the 2 cartons of 24 eggs HUHDS gave us) cooked by Moritz. We got on the trail of Mt. Kearsarge by 10:30. We had expected a fairly icy trail, but a solid, packed-down snow cover had blanketed the tail, making for a fairly quick and easy ascent. We reached the top by 12:30 and stopped for lunch in the enclosed look-out tower. By 2:30 we had reached the car again, but we decided that even with our shorter hike we couldn’t let our Flatbread dinner plans go to waste, so we stopped by for Second Late Lunch. After stuffing ourselves with Coevolution and other delicious pies, we drove back to Cambridge for an early night.
-By Stephanie Garlock

Trip Type: Single Route  Multiple Routes 
General Region:  New Hampshire (White Mountain NF) New Hampshire (other) Maine Massachusetts Out West Other 
Trip Leaders: Stephanie Garlock, Scot Miller

Routes On This Trip:

South Moat Mountain

An easy family hike with a few small steep sections and fantastic views in all directions from the rocky summit. A few steeper sections that can be slippery when wet, but mostly gentle. Part of the larger Moat Range which can be hiked in several different combinations and loops. Especially easy to add an extra mile to hike Middle Moat as well.

Route Difficulty: not specified 1: easy 2: easy-moderate  3: moderate 4: moderate-strenuous 5: strenuous 
Route Type: Loop  Out-and-back Point-to-point 
Distance (miles): 6 miles round trip
General Region:  New Hampshire (White Mountain NF) New Hampshire (other) Maine Massachusetts Out West Other 
Directions/Trailhead Information/Trail Information: From Conway village, take Washington St. to West Side Road. Take West Side Road to Passaconaway Rd, and turn left. After a few minutes, watch for the trail sign on your right and park on right side of road.
Trailhead Latitude: 43.99401859196504
Trailhead Longitude: -71.18265151977539

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