3 Nocks. Pack Monadnock, Grand Monadnock, North Pack Monadnock 8/26/11

I had the day off today to do some volunteer work, but at the last minute the job was canceled due to the approaching storm (Hurricane Irene).  I didn’t have quite enough time to go up north today  and hit something I wanted to do in The Whites because I needed to be back home at 3:30, but I did have enough time to give the 3 Monadnocks in a day a try.  It was a hot day for hiking with temps in the 80’s even on the peaks, but it was a beautiful day to be hiking with clear blue skys and little puffy clouds.
Nock 1
I left my house around 9am and headed to Pack Monadnock.  I planned to hit this one early because I wanted to run up and down the auto-road before cars started to get busy on it, using the road I was up and down in about 46 minutes.  I was happy about my time because when I used to live right near here the fastest I ever made it up was 20 minutes car to summit, so I wasn’t too much slower today
My Tracks and stats:

Me at the summit

Looking towards my next peak of the day Grand Monadnock

Looking at my 3rd peak of the day North Pack Monadnock

While running up, last nights rain was evaporating through the rays of sun and it looked really cool.  When I saw this I had to stop and try to get the shot.  I think it came out pretty good.

Nock 2
When I got back to my car I headed strait to Mt Monadnock State Park.  I took the White Dot up and down.  This is not my favorite way up this hill that I’ve spent so much time on, but it is the quickest way for me. I was up and down Grand Monadnock in 1 hr 50 mins
My tracks and stats:

Me at the summit(not sure what the guy behind me was doing ??? )

Looking back at Pack Monadnock (done)and North Pack Monadnock (my next stop)

I left Monadnock and headed to Peterborough and stopped at Roys Market to grab some quick food, I came out of the market to see an elderly person who clearly should no longer have his license making numerous attempts trying to turn into the spot next to my car, and the market clerk telling me that he actually had hit my car already.  When I went to look if there was any damage the elderly driver started yelling at me that he didn’t hit my car.  It was apparent that he had but there was no damage so I didn’t make an issue of it.  Besides I had priorities, I still needed to bag one more nock today.
Nock 3
I got to the parking area  for North Pack Monadnock at 1:30.  Breathed in some of my potato salad I got at Roys and took off up the trail.  I didn’t have much time to waist because I needed to be back home by 3:30.  I made it up and down North Pack Monadnock in 1hr and 9mins.  It would have been faster but I messed up and got a little off track on a bushwhack short cut that I used to use all the time, but am apparently not so familiar with anymore  :( , FYI bushwhacking in spruce scrub with shorts on is not very comfortable.
My Tracks and Stats: (you can see my meander on my tracks)

Me at the summit:

Looking back at where I just was on Monadnock

On my way down I hit a view that never gets old.  The view looking north from North Pack Monadnock is one of my favorites in NH .  I took a few shots to try to get the feel of the view from the trail, but even my best shot does not do the view justice.  Even still, I am happy with how this shot came out
Back down to my car I chugged water for about 5 minutes because I was so thirsty from hiking in the heat all day, and then took off to make it home and take a shower in time for my appointment.   All in all it wasn’t a whole lot of mileage of hiking today  (8.92), but the vertical gain/drop was substantial (3838ft) I’ve never done a hike like this before where I was car hopping between mountains, it was fun and best of all it was fairly close to home.
The rest of my photos from the day:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/surf88/sets/72157627402926173/

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