Chad and I hiked Mt Eisenhower on the 4th of July. I expected it to be a busy hiking day since it was a holiday and the weather was forecasted to be beautiful, but it was not too busy on the trails or summit. As we approached the West Side of the Presidential Range you could see that everything above 4000 feet was still in the clouds. We started hiking at 8 am with hopes that by the time we reached the summit the clouds would have moved out or burned off. Bunchberry Flowers were in full bloom along The Edmond’s Path which was pretty and pretty wet and muddy for most of the trail. This was Chad’s second 4000 footer so we took our time on the way up. On the way up I asked someone descending if the summit had cleared out yet and they said no. When we reached the alpine zone it was about 50 degrees the wind was in the 40-50 mph range and overcast but fortunately the cloud ceiling had lifted to above the height of the summit. When we reached the summit the winds were steady in 50 mph range but the views below were clear. The views of the higher peaks to the north were obscured by the clouds. We descended by looping around the south side of the peak to the Crawford Path and back to the col where we rejoined the Edmund’s Path. As we descended the clouds dropped again and it started to sprinkle rain for a bit. It seems like we had caught the best weather window of the day for our time above treeline.
On The Way Up
Wind Blown Chad Arriving At The Summit
Last Friday was my 580th Summit of North Uncanoonuc since I started keeping track in 2007. It was also my first time hiking with my 4 month old daughter Acadia. I had to go fast to keep the mosquitoes from landing on her because there was very little wind and it was warm and muggy. At least I was able to keep an eye on things with her in the front pack, and keep them off her. This method will have to do until she gets a little bigger and I can put her in the Kelty pack which has bug netting. We headed up the red dot trail and returned on the blue trail. It was so muggy that the rocks were sweating and wet so i had to watch my footing on the way down so as not to slip with my precious cargo.
On The Trail
Sometimes being lazy pays off. Jeremy and I were on our way up to Gulf of Slides Saturday morning when we saw that Wildcat was open still. In fact it was there last day open for the year and tickets were only $29. We instantly talked ourselves out of hiking up the 2.5 mile trail which we would also have had to hike a large portion out on too. Conditions were great and coverage was from summit to base with only a couple choke points that became fun mud pits by the end of the day. A guy got mad at me on one of my runs because I bombed by him as he stopped right in front of me in the middle of a choke point which was only about 4 feet wide. I laughed at him and told him he should have stayed home if he couldn’t handle thin cover.
Its been a slow winter for me as far as getting out for any adventures. Lots of little quick hikes but nothing epic to post about. Not bad news though because this is due to us having our second child born to us. Our daughter Acadia was born 2/25.
I got out for a quick get away after the storm Wednesday. I recently got new skis and this was my first chance to christen them. I only went skiing for a couple hours at Pats Peak. To my surprise when I checked the snow report the next day there was a picture of me on their website. I like how it came out.
Tim had spent the past year in Spain so my 84th summit of Mt Monadnock was my 1st time hiking with Tim in over a year. Conditions were beautiful for a hike up the White Arrow Trail. It was sunny and calm below treeline and windy and cold up top with clear views. Traction was pretty essential for any area that wasn’t exposed to wind and sun, the section of trail between the halfway house and treeline was pretty much all ice in the tread way. But once above tree line bare boots on rock worked just fine.
Sunday morning we woke up to an inch of crusty ice on everything at home. I assumed that the hill got ice too, but when I took my dog out for a walk I was surprised. Up on the mountain less than a mile away from my house boot top powder covered everything. It was an unexpected treat. I have mostly been skiing lately and this was actually my first time on a snowboard since going down Left Gully last spring, so my first too turns were a little tentative but then I got my legs back.
We received about 8″ of wet and heavy snow last night, and a lot of the snow stuck to the trees. The woods seemed to have less snow in them on the mountain than I had in my backyard. But I decided to make some turns anyway. The skin up was nice but the ski down was pretty brutal. I picked my way through the trees and thicket and introduced my skis edges and bases to many rocks.
I wore the Gopro and shot a little video. Thanks for watching.
Friday 12/23 I hiked Mt Monadnock for my 83rd time. The weather was perfect. The skies were blue and the temperature was mild enough that you could get away with wearing only a light coat. I went up the White Arrow Trail. My microspikes were necessary after the halfway house. The trail between the Halfway House Site and the tree line was mostly water ice, and from tree line to the summit was mostly rock and ice. About ¾ of the way up the mountain I ran into an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a while. Random meetups are always fun, and it was nice to see Molly.
Monadnock Summit #83
Normally I like to hike to get away from people, but when you hike Monadnock at the peak of fall foliage there is no expectation of solitude. The people watching is almost as good as the leaf peeping.
I hiked up the Dublin Trail and made pretty good time. The last time I took this trail I was barefoot, but today I wore trail runners. I’ve noticed that in general, the people who use the Dublin Trail are a little more prepared for hiking than the people you might see on the White Dot Trail.
The views were a bit hazy but still pretty today, the clouds even started to sprinkle down rain on a few occasions, but nothing substantial enough to need a rain coat. The summit was pretty busy so I didn’t stay for long. Just long enough to snap a selfie of my 82nd summit of Monadnock. Apparently my brain forgot to tell my face that I was happy to be at the top.
This has been “The summer that never was” for me and the outdoors. Between multiple sports injuries and added responsibilities I have not gotten out much. After a lot of rest and a lot of Physical Therapy I am finally ready to start getting active again. Chad had asked me about going for a hike a few weeks back, Chad had not hiked any of the NH 4000 footers yet, and my favorite mountain to take people up for there first of the NH 48 is Osceola. This was my 6th time up Osceola but fortunately I had not gone in August yet so I was able to fill in 2 cells on my Grid with this hike because we ended up bagging East Osceola too. Chad did great with his hike and I was happy that I didn’t re-injure my Achilles or my knee. When we got to the top Chad took a panoramic shot. I got in it twice by running around behind him as he panned
Views were great. A little hazy, but still beautiful
Things were going good at the top so we decided to add an excursion to the East Peak out and back. The East Peak lacks the beauty of the Main Peak but it counts the same on the list.
The climb through the chimney is always fun.
After Summiting the East Peak for Chad’s 2nd New Hampshire 4000 footer we backtracked over the main summit and headed down. Only 46 more to go for Chad’s List!