Today I got to sleep in. Got on a morning shuttle ride to the north end of Mt. Moosilauke to hike. It is easier to hike north to south, so I opted to slack pack (no backpack, just a day pack) for the first time. The north end up to the summit is very steep for a few miles. Without some steps and handholds, it would have been even tougher. The trail is next to a waterfall most of the way. There was even a rope I had to hang onto over a section of trail that was washed out (gone), with a long enough fall if ya slipped.
Got up to the peak. It was 50 mph winds at the top and the temperature was in the low 40s. It was sunny. The views were great. The hike was above treeline.
The hike down was less steep. It was way better than having to go down the north side.
I will start hiking tomorrow on the north side where I started today and going north.