Tarpy Takes (Beaver Brook) Shelter
Moosilauke 2012 Dec 26-27

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I took off to take advantage of the clear day before some predicted snow and did an overnight at the Beaver Brook Shelter. Gorgeous and contrasting conditions on the two days. On the way up, used microspikes until the steeper sections where I switched to crampons. A woman with snow shoes passed me doing very well, even though the snow was not deep. Took a couple hours to reach the Shelter, where I dropped my main pack for the overnight, then continued to the top of Mt Moosilauke. See the movie here. Omitted the traverse of the ridge to the South Peak, but added Mt. Jim on the way back. Returned about 4pm and set up camp with a tarp wall inside the shelter. After I got into my sleeping gear, I had a groovy dinner of hot, leftover Greek Moussaka heated in tea from my thermos. Delicious! Poured the hot tea back in the thermos for breakfast. Got to sleep by 6pm. Predicted snow started about 1am. Some wind and blowing snow, so I am glad a put up the tarp. With temps in the low 20s, I spent a cozy night, and warmed fast after each call of nature using my inner half bag zipped to my parka on top. The outer bag is drawn around my neck allowing the ability to turn on my sides freely while the outer bag stays put and still keeping the warm air between the inner and outer bags. Have to thank Charlie Abert for this idea; it's a winner.map Attributes:

  1. Warmth of double bag.
  2. Down Parka top with hood for head and neck warmth. Can add interior cap or balaclava. Also headlamp if desired. Main attribute here is have a mummy-type head enclosure but not connected to the main outer bag. Instead, the outer bag drawstring is tightened at the neck with hood/parka inside. In this way you can turn freely without having to the rotate the entire outer bag. Since the inner bag is a parka, it rotates with my body. Works very well.
  3. Parka zipped to lower half bag for inner bag combo. Inside these are down booties, long underwear, and fleece top. Keep these on but unzip lower bag for call of nature.
  4. Easy entrance and exit from outer bag, keeping inner bag combo on but unzipping lower half bag. Sorry, no pics yet.
  5. Use inner bag combo for camp lounging. Use both bags for breakfast, if desired.
  6. Hands outside inner bag can be placed in parka pockets if needed to warm up.
  7. Overall very comfortable and toasty warm. Thanks for the idea, Charlie.

Morning after 13 hours in the sack. Heated tea and breakfast torilla/egg/bacon/cheese/chicken in bags. Hot tea to finish off. See pics.

Hike down the 1.5 miles was serene and beautiful. Back to car in close to 2 hours. Not sure why it took that long.

Summary: 8.6 miles, 3500' elevation gain, Overnight Stay at Beaver Brook Shelter with 4 calls of nature in 13 hours.
--Fred (aka tarpman)

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Starting Out
Starting Out
Up the Beaver Brook Trail
Mid-day View from Beaver Brook Shelter
Mid-day View from Beaver Brook Shelter
Franconia Ridge with Mt Washington peaking out in the background
Heading toward Moosilauke
Heading toward Moosilauke
Dumped pack at shelter for later return
New mitten covers
New mitten covers
Warmer with Goretex overmitt
Outer bag
Outer bag
After warm night's sleep
Inside Beaver Brook Shelter
Inside Beaver Brook Shelter
Tarpy's tarp in place, a good snow block
Morning snow
Morning snow
after nighttime acculmulation of 3"
Special breakfast
Special breakfast
Boil-in-a-bag, using tea from thermos. Delicious!
Finishing breakfast
Finishing breakfast
Actually took 2 hours of leisurely breakfast and pack-up
Leaving Shelter
Leaving Shelter
Snow's afallin'
Downhill walk
Downhill walk
Sure footing with crampons in new snow
Mittens with Beaver Brook flowing well
Mittens with Beaver Brook flowing well
No notieable moisture inside shell
Heading down I
Heading down I
Glorious conditions. Granular snow.
Heading down II
Heading down II
Still took a long time, back at 11:30 to car.