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New Hampshire / I needed to do
« on: February 15, 2014, 06:40:11 PM »
I have a few days left to complete my list of doing Pack Monadnoak every calendar day of the year. I needed to do two days in February , Wednesday the 13 and Thursday the 14. Wednesday I did after work on top at 6:30 pm in bed at 9:00 up at 1:00 am on top at 3:00 am back at work for 6:00 am. The reason was the snow storms timing .   

New Hampshire / Frozen stash
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:53:34 PM »
My mustache was frozen solid last night when I did Pack.  Summit at 6:15 pm  The winds did hit 40 once while I was looking at the summit computer.  Temp.  --3 degrees somewhere around -30 to -35 below chill factor.

New Hampshire / Sunrise
« on: January 05, 2014, 09:31:39 AM »
On top of Pack Monadnock at 7:15 am 21 mph winds - 14 degrees. The trail was packed down well enough to bare boot. Two sets of ski tracks down and one sled track.

General Discussion / Cold on its way
« on: January 01, 2014, 05:39:38 PM »
Washington -13 degrees 74 mph chill factor -54 and dropping.

New Hampshire / Cold day on rock pile
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:19:06 AM »
Tim and I arrived at 8:00 am, snowing in the parking lot, but not hard. Tuckermens tr was icy with an inch of fresh snow on top we bare booted to lions head, it was snowing harder and the winds were picking up.            We went to the shelter close to the summer trail to dress up and put the crampons on. There were at least 20 people on the wall at this time. Above the trees the snow wind increased, by the time we got to the top of Lions Head most of all of those turned back. Winds were about 50 temp. was 2. Arrived at slit rock there were 2 more guys there who turned back. From here on the visibility very low, when we were half way up the cone we talked about turning back, because 3 more  guys turned back here. We had meet  2 who had summited, so we went on. We arrived at the summit building at 1:30 went in the doorway to put more on, we had to pull our outer shells off each other because they were so frozen to the fleece under it. In doing all this we froze our fingers put on the heavy mitts and bagged the summit. went back to hallway and  3 more showed up one of them had frozen his left ear. They were able to get help and get him inside. The walk down hard because of all rocks. Lost my goggles on the way down, we were out at 5:00. Time to pig out.

New Hampshire / Upside down
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:50:44 AM »
On Pack at 6:00 am 33 degrees in the parking lot  50 degrees on top and very slushy.

New Hampshire / Mt Jackson
« on: January 02, 2013, 06:25:07 PM »
I'm doing a trip report for  Mike Allen. He and two brothers from Madison climbed Jackson new years day. He said the winds may have hit 50 mph.

New Hampshire / PACK MAN
« on: December 23, 2012, 08:56:20 AM »
Saturday morning I did Pack summit at 6:19  I will watch the wind gage for on one minute then take the highest reading.  winds 38mph  Temps 31. In the late after noon I did  Mt Watatic slipped on some ice slammed my elbow on a rock, now I can,t have my elbow touch anything it,s black and blue. This morning I did Pack again. Top at 6:15 am winds 29 . wore  yak tracks on top section---temp 21

New Hampshire / Headlamp Right
« on: December 16, 2012, 08:01:22 AM »
Started up Pack this morning in the dark thinking my headlamp was in the car, it wasn't. I sleep in my shelter last night and left it on the kitchen table. But I keep an over night pack in the car all the time, and had an extra one in there. Summit at 6:33am  spittin snow  Temp-23  Winds- 23mph.

New Hampshire / Mt Monadnock
« on: December 08, 2012, 04:11:59 PM »
It was raining when I started up the Toll Road, also foggy. There is not much ice on the White Arrow Tr, but you till had to be careful of your footing. Drizzle and fog at the summit, winds in the 20s.

New Hampshire / Breaking Ice
« on: December 01, 2012, 01:47:52 PM »
Took the kayak out on the lake during the snow storm. Went around the right side, the ice is starting to form ic the coves. I had fun plowing my way through.When I got to North Stream I could only go about 75 yards the ice was just to thick.

New Hampshire / Snow on Pack
« on: December 01, 2012, 09:21:04 AM »
Started up Pack at 7:00 am. Putting virgin foot prints in the snow. It was snowing good at the top, the road was all white except the parking lot at the top because the winds were 18mph and making snow snakes. Temp 23

Trailside / COLD
« on: November 25, 2012, 07:20:28 AM »
On Washington at 7.00 am Temps -4 wind gusts 93 the chill facter  -37

New Hampshire / Whitney Gilman
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:53:31 AM »
Met up with Mike Allen in the parking lot at the bottom of Cannon Cliff at 7.00. We walked the whole length of the cliff. The sun was hitting the wall so we put the helmets on, sum ice was starting to fall. By the time we reached the start of the Whitney the ice was falling out of the Black Dike at a good rate. We stayed close to the wall behind a bulge.We put the harnesses on,and all the time  taking fire from the ice. Mike lead the first pitch with gloves, soon he was in the sun. While I was belaying a large chunk off ice came crashing down, the rope was out from the protection of the bulge and a rock the size of your head missed the rope by three feet, Mike yelled to see if everything was OK. I was to start climbing for two reasons, being out of the line of fire and getting into sun. The jackets came off the climbing was perfect, all the time there was the rumbling of falling ice coming from the Dike. When we hit the pipe pitch, Mike was impressed with the view down into the Black Dike. This part of the climb was in the shade the rock was cold which made the crux harder. Breathing a sigh of relief and back in sun we continued two more pitches to the top, were we sat in the sun and had lunch. The walk down is steep and on the left side of the cliff.     

New Hampshire / Thin again
« on: November 11, 2012, 07:23:01 AM »
Tim and I went  north, had breakfast at Indian Head. Then drove to Cannon to check out the Whitney. The cliff was coated in snow the winds were high also temp was 33. There were two guys in the lot going to do the Whitney, so we headed for warmer ground at  Cathedral. Thin Air was our best bet . the wall was looking wet ,but it looked like a go. The first pitch was fine except a three foot strip of water on the traverse, being able to bypass this Tim and I were in the sun at first belay. It was here that the shadow of the prow over took us. the chimney was very wet to the lunch ledge. getting colder I moved on to the final bulge were I found more water trying to bypass this I moved left trying to straddle awkward flake. After many tries and with the pack on I wore myself out. Backing off about five feet I set up a belay and Tim joined me.From here he took the lead. He battled with the dragon and won. The problem now was more wet rock,he placed a cam and was able to reach the belay. From here we noticed the exit ramp was very wet with roots,leaves and mud, not good in climbing shoes. We chose to go right up a short steep friction wall 5.10. After many attempts with the wet shoes we failed. So Tim stood on my shoulder to make the move we needed.We took off the shoes to warm our toes, put on the boots and walked down the road.  TIME TO EAT 

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