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!

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