Trip Report: Mt Isolation

Isolated. Except it isn’t, really. But it is. Mt Isolation, Pinkham’s Grant, NH. 2018-04-12. (Thursday) Via Rocky Branch trail, Isolation trail, and Davis Path. Approx 14.5 miles. 35 dF +/- at the trailhead, 46 dF at the summit, with negligible winds. Partly cloudy becoming outright cloudy. Trailhead: 0830; Summit: 1410; back at car: 1730. (9 hours.) Second time was the charm. Last time I attempted Isolation, I was rebuffed, but […]

Trip Report: Mt Isolation (attempt)

Mt Isolation, Sargent’s Purchase, NH 2018-04-09. For what is just barely a four thousand-footer, this was unexpectedly interesting. First, for not having made the summit, I’m remarkably sanguine. Anger, disappointment, frustration… those are the last things on my mind right now. They were the last things on my mind when I turned around. Probably the biggest thing on my mind was what a great day I was having, just tramping […]

Training Hike: Grand Monadnock

Grand Monadnock, Jaffrey, NH 2018-04-07. It’s an easy hike, and it’s a bounded problem. Get in trouble? Point in one direction downhill, walk that way, and within half a day, you’ll hit a road. Maybe that lures people into complacency. I saw a lot of people behaving poorly today. The weather was warm and sunny, but the wind was robust, around 10-20 MPH in places. The trail was mashed potatoes, […]

Trip Report: Bondcliff

The trail is long. And straight. And level. Until it isn’t. Then it is again. Bondcliff, Lincoln, NH. 2018-04-05. (Thursday) Via Lincoln Woods trail, Wilderness trail, and Bondcliff trail. Approx 18 miles. 20 dF +/- at the trailhead, low teens at the summit, with 4-8 MPH winds gusting to 20-30. One gust hit 41 MPH. 30 dF back at car. Unbridled sunshine for most of the day, with patchy clouds […]

Trip report: Mt Lincoln and Mt Lafayette

The Franconia Notch classic! Mt Lincoln and Mt Lafayette, Franconia, NH. 2018-04-02. (Monday) Via Falling Waters trail, Franconia Ridge trail, Greenleaf trail, and Old Bridle Path trail. Approx 9 miles. 30 dF +/- at the trailhead, 45 at the summits, with 4-6 MPH winds gusting to 10. Unbridled sunshine. Trailhead: 0900; Little Haystack summit: 1130; Mt Lincoln summit: 1210; Mt Lafayette summit: 1245;  Greenleaf hut: 1335; back at car: 1500. […]

Trip Report: Middle Carter Mountain

Slow and steady won the day Middle Carter Mountain, Bean’s Purchase, NH. 2018-03-29. (Tuesday) Via 19 Mile Brook Trail, Carter Dome Trail, Carter-Moriah Trail 35 dF +/- at the trailhead, 50 at the summit. Sunny, becoming overcast. Wind at summit was almost non existent. Trailhead: 0930; South Carter Summit: 1300; Middle Carter Summit: 1410; South Carter Summit redux: 1530;  back at car: 1755. Since I was rebuffed by deep snow, […]

Trip Report: Mt Liberty and Mt Flume

A perfect view from two! Mt Liberty and Mt Flume, Lincoln, NH. 2018-03-27. (Tuesday) Via Whitehouse Trail, Liberty Springs Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail. 20 dF +/- at the trailhead, 45 at the summit. Unbridled sunshine. Wind at summit was 2-4 knots. Just enough to stay cool whilst enjoying my summit feast. Trailhead: 0755; Liberty Summit: 1115; Flume Summit: 1210; Liberty Summit redux: 1320;  back at car: 1525. Quite frankly, it […]

Trip Report: Carter Mountains

Denied the trifecta, but still able to knock off two. South Carter Mountain, Carter Dome, Gorham, NH. 2018-03-22. (Thursday) Via 19 Mile Brook trail, Carter Dome trail, Carter-Moriah trail. 40 dF +/- and partly cloudy. Wind at summit was 10-25 knots. Even in the trees, winds approached 5-8 knots at times. Trailhead: 0820; South Carter summit: 1135; Carter Dome summit: 1335; Carter Notch hut: 1500; back at car: 1730. It […]

Trip Report: Mt Moriah

It’s the end of winter as we know it, and it was fine. Mt Moriah, Gorham, NH. 2018-03-19. (Monday) Via Carter-Moriah trail. Between 10-20 dF +/- and cloudy. Wind at summit was 8-10 knots. Trailhead: 0945; summit 1330; back at car: 1620. 9 miles there and back again. As I write this, astronomical springtime is hours away. Per the AMC, despite mounds of snow remaining on the trails, winter is […]

Trip Report: Wildcat D & A

Four Peaks! Wildcat Mountain A and D peaks, Pinkham Notch, NH. 2018-03-12. (Monday) Via Polecat ski trail, and Wildcat Ridge trail. 35 –> 25 dF +/- and cloudy. Wind at upper elevations was 2-5 knots. Ski area base: 1030; Wildcat D summit: 1250; Wildcat A summit: 1415; Wildcat D summit (redux) 1530; back at car: 1630. Approximately 10 miles there and back again. It was an unconventional ascent to the […]

Trip Report: Mt Whiteface and Mt Passaconaway

Long. And did I mention two ascents? Mt Whiteface and Mt Passaconaway, Wonalancet, NH. 2018-03-10. (Saturday) Via Blueberry Ledge, Rollins, and Dicey’s Mill trails, loop. 25 dF +/- and cloudy with snowfall. Wind at upper elevations was 2-5 knots. Trailhead: 0930; Whiteface summit: 1240; Passaconaway summit: 1540; back at car: 1900. Approximately 3.6 miles to Whiteface summit, 3.5 miles to Passaconaway summit, 4.6 miles back to car. Approximately 11.7 miles […]

Pack Monadnock: training hike

Went out with the snowshoes in the foot or so of snow we got yesterday. Nothing huge, just up and down the auto road. The fire tower at the top was being photogenic, so I obliged. There was a lot of ice up there. Footing was fine, though. I’m a bit jazzed that these came out well with no cleaning up afterward whatsoever. Some days I get lucky, and the […]