Monadnock 11/29/2014

After a stressful week it was time to return to my true identity as a hiker/climber/ backcountry skier, we received 10 inches of snow on Thanksgiving Day and the mountains were calling.  Most of the snow was still caught up in the trees of our local backcountry, so skiing wasn’t the best option.  I headed over to Mount Monadnock and enjoyed a much needed and absolutely beautiful winter hiking experience.
This was my 79th summit of Mount Monadnock.  And several times I have climbed this mountain on Thanksgiving weekend. But this was the most winter I have ever seen here  this time of year.  The snow was dry the air was cold the sky was blue and the views were great.
Lots of snow for November


Softshell top and bottom and Microspikes with Low Gaters. Good call for today

Summit!


Neat to see open water on the lake with winter conditions

My obligatory attempt at being artsy with the camera:

I made good time car to car in under 2 1/2 hours and had a splendid hike.  Then I stopped in Peterborough and got a coffee at Twelve Pine on my way home that tasted amazing.  All in all it was a much needed and great day!

Hunting?

I haven’t  posted much lately but not because I haven’t been outdoors.  In fact I have been outdoors a bunch, but I have been hunting.  I make the assumption that most people who follow my blog are hikers and although hunters do a lot of hiking, most hikers don’t hunt.  I consider my self a small “h” hunter, not “A Hunter”.  I am very sensitive to animals being mistreated so my family only buys organic humanly raised meat from a local farm.  In the words of the Duck Dynasty guys: ” I dont trust meat from the grocery store.”  I have recently come to the realization that there is nothing more organic than a wild raised deer, and that no one can be sure that the animal was harvested in a “humane as possible” way as me. So not wanting to be an ignorant carnivore who is disconnected with where my food comes I feel as if I should be able to accept the full consequences of where meat comes from.

I have not got a deer yet, but I have spent some beautiful time in the woods and have come to the realization that hunting and hiking although sharing similar venues  have very little in common for me.
The tree stand that I have sat in and watched the squirrels from for hours:

View from the stand

I’m not very good at hunting yet, but I have gotten very good at sitting in the woods until I am nearly hypothermic.