This winter has been getting the best of me and I’m pretty melancholy so I figured maybe a night outside might put everything back in order. After spending the day in Peterborough with Emily I got the idea of spending the night on Pack. I texted Paul and he was interested in meeting me up there. When I got to the parking lot Paul’s car was there already so I got to hike up the road on my own. I like hiking in the dark alone.
The hike up the road was a little spooky because at times the trees would start to shed the coating of ice they had on them from the ice storm the day before and the sound of breaking branches and falling ice sounded just like an animal was crashing through the woods, it would get my adrenaline flowing everytime. I got to the summit around 9PM. It was definitely too windy to sleep up in the tower so I slept in the shelter on a picnic table. The wind was howling all night long. The angle of the wind was blowing into the shelter just enough to make it a little cold at times, even with my -20 sleeping bag. Paul had a Bivy Sack so he fared much better. At one point in the night a squall came in and I woke up to the little stings of snow flakes landing on my face. I love that feeling of waking up to snow flakes on your face. Another thing that made it hard to sleep was; there was constantly crashing sounds from the ice breaking off the trees and sometimes landing on the metal roof of the shelter. At one point there was a super loud bang in the middle of the night that startled me out of a dead sleep and I let out an embarassing Yelp. We woke up at 5:30 packed up and hiked out and went to Milford for breakfast. I shot a little video of the trip. Click on the pic below to play it The sunrise on the drive to Milford was pretty amazing. It was worth pulling over to take a pic. My other pics from the trip: Our accomodations
Up in the Tower Sunrise on the way to Milford