We met up with friends Twirls and Fin for an exciting winter climb of the Osceolas in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. With a load of fresh snow, we geared up and headed out.
While we had planned to tackle both East Osceola and Mt. Osceola, we had to turn back after reaching East Osceola due to the incredibly high build up of snow. We all brought snowshoes but made the wrong assumption that the trail would be packed enough to not need them, so we passed on the extra but entirely necessary weight. By the time we made it to East Osceola we were pooped from post holing through thigh deep snow and our pace was much too slow to push onward towards the next peak so we headed back down.
We learned a integral lesson on this trip - always pack snowshoes in preparation for any situation. Although we didn't make it to both peaks, we had a blast on this unforgettable winter trek.