Winter hiking

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Trip Report: North Pack Monadnock

North Pack Monadnock. 2018-01-09 (Wednesday). Via Wapack Trail.  This one’s an easy walk in the woods, even in the snow. Bring basic traction and trekking poles, but otherwise, it’s not that challenging for anyone in suitable shape to go for a walk in the woods. Wintertime offers a stark take on the forest; a study in light and dark, and many times, black and white. The forest is distilled to […]

Video: Mt Tom, Field, and Willey, (+Mt Avalon.)

Mt Tom, Mt Field, Mt Willey, Mt Avalon. 2019-01-03 (Thursday.)  Four mountains means an embarrassment of riches where film footage is concerned. Despite the clouds, there was so much to see, and so much visually striking landscape. Enjoy! If you enjoy reading these posts, consider subscribing, so you can stay informed. There’s no cost to do so. Your email will only be used to alert you of new posts — […]

Trip Report: Pack Monadnock

A local quickie on a beautiful day! 19 December, 2018 It was beautiful out, so a hike was in order. I’m still getting used to shooting photos and video with the GoPro, so it was good on at least two levels. Oh, and the views behaved from the fire tower, so there’s a third level — Washington was visible, as were other prominent peaks in the Whites, and with careful […]

Trip Report: Mt Tom, Mt Field, Mt Willey

A trifecta of summits Mt Tom, Mt Field, Mt Willey, Crawford Notch, NH. 2018-04-28. (Saturday) Via Mt Willard Trail, Avalon Trail, A-Z Trail, Willey Range Trail, Kedron Flume Trail. Approx 8.4 miles. 50 dF +/- at the trailhead, 58 dF at Mt Field summit, with negligible winds. Mix of clouds and sun.  Trailhead: 1015; Mt Tom Summit: 1240; Mt Field Summit: 1410; Mt Willey Summit; 1530; back at car: 1930. […]

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: 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 […]

Trip Report: Mt Osceola and East Osceola

Steep, quick, and fun — what’s not to like? Mt Osceola and East Osceola, Lincoln, NH. 2018-03-05. (Monday) Via Greeley Pond and Mt Osceola trails, out-and-back. 35 dF +/- and cloudy becoming partly cloudy. Trailhead: 0940; East Osceola summit: 1145; Osceola summit: 1240; back at car: 1520. I got to the mountain late, probably 90 minutes later than I’d have preferred. But it turned out that no-one was keeping score […]

Scaur Ridge Trail with deep blue sky and trees

Trip Report: North and Middle Tripyramid

Second try is the charm! Trip report: Mt Tripyramid, Waterville Valley, NH. North and Middle peaks. 2018-02-22. (Thursday) Via Livermore and Scaur Ridge trails. It was epic weather, with temps in the 30s early, rising to the upper 40s by lunch. No significant wind. Having learned my lesson last week (when the AMC guide says a trail is treacherous, they mean it) I retooled my plans to the Scaur Ridge […]

Trip Report: Mt Tripyramid Loop Attempt

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt (or: “Sometimes even the good guys sing the blues.”) Mt Tripyramid, Waterville Valley, NH. North, Middle, South peaks. 2018-02-22. (Thursday) Via Livermore and Mt Tripyramid trails, taking the North Slide on the way up and the South Slide on the way down. (Planned.) 32 dF +/- and cloudy. The forecast called for partly cloudy, but I never saw the sun once. Recent days […]

Quick Hike: Pack Monadnock

Up via Wapack, down via Marion Davis. Partly cloudy, temps in the mid-50s. It was a lovely day to be outside. Weather was very temperate, and the trails were mostly clear. I made it a little over halfway up Wapack trail without ‘spikes on my boots, but at a point, there was section of the trail that was entirely ice, about 75-ish feet long, and if that wasn’t enough, water […]