We climbed mount Cardigan on Easter Sunday and had excellent winter conditions. The trails were packed out and we used snowshoes for the entire trip. The bald rock summit was mostly scoured and there was no need for crampons, as there often is on this mountain. The scenery was breathtaking and there were squalls passing in all directions during the day, even one hitting the summit as we climbed the last few hundred feet across the bare rock. The wind was biting and the snow horizontal. That, combined with the thick rime ice on the summit fire tower put me much in mind of another, much higher mountain northeast of this one. Pictures here:

http://ghostflowers.com/white_mtns30...digan4807.html

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