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Attempting Carrigain...

Originally, I was going to take Isis over the Osceola’s from the Kanc however, recent rains and then freezing temps created some pretty dangerous conditions for both Isis and myself. I went to bed thinking that I would just try it. After all, I have the gear and the knowledge to get us up and over the peaks. All the while, I would keep my little girls ability in mind and if she showed any distress, we would turn around. I woke up the next morning and the first thought I had was… Carrigain. I would attempt Carrigain instead. Being primarily a solo hiker, I need to listen to my gut a lot more and when I wake up with another peak on my mind, I go with it. It’s only going to get more challenging as the winter moves in and I was not really interested in hiking solo to a shit show on the Greeley Ponds trail. I told Heather who had plans to hike Garfield and then meet up later that my plan had changed and we would see her when we were down.
At the trail head on Sawyer River Road, I pulled th…

The Chilly Tri's

The weather had subsided from Sunday however, the winds were still not low enough to take Franconia Ridge and all reports were telling me that it probably would not happen Friday regardless of the low winds, ice will suddenly become a factor. While everyone was working today, I had a chance to play out in the cold and snow again and I was happy to be out there. I love how I get up earlier to play than I do for work. It just seemed to make more sense to me. I’m still not a morning person and then again, I have the drive to the mountains to wake up so, it works for me. When I have a vacation, I usually take advantage of it and I hike, taking a few trips spread out over the days. Today, I was going for the Tripyramids with Isis by way of Pine Bend Brook and we would have company too. Our new friend Joe would join us as his plan was to go up the Tri’s as well. We drove up to the Whites with beautiful dawn colors of blues, peaches, and pinks and that was followed by a brilliant sunrise get…

Carter Dome Means the Carter's Are Done... Again.

There has been a whirlwind of activity over the past month and especially, the past week. I had been transitioning out of my current job as a Community Mental health Therapist and this was the final week to get all my paperwork done and filed in charts for my seventy someodd patients at the clinic. I would be on vacation for Thanksgiving and then a new life would unfold. Along with that came the usual mix of emotions while leaving a job and starting another, holiday pressure (self-imposed more than likely), and of course my November goals on the trails (Not to mention December was fast approaching). I knew I needed to finish the Carter’s and I wanted Franconia Ridge done too except I wanted a view in the worst way this time around! I had an offer to grab Isolation with Gumbyhiker and Heather and jumped at the chance for the bonus peak. My weekend and into my between job vacation was set and it all started with Carter Dome.
Friday night, I packed up all the food and all the supplies I …

Willey, Tom, and Field... WTF... 576!

When planning out peaks for the month of November, I placed Willey, Tom, and Field on the list. It’s a great loop for a sheltered hike and often gets brought up and then pushed aside (especially on an above tree line day). Some friends and I have affectionately dubbed the peaks WTF and yes, it stands for exactly what you are thinking. We’d always say, “It’s no big deal really. It’s just What The F---.” In regards to hiking this loop. The truth is, it’s such a mellow hike and the grade and the gain are gradual enough to make this a really good hike. When it comes down to it, I enjoy this hike. This month, my choosing WTF happened to coincide with my friend Cynthia’s Grid finish. How exciting for her to finish 576 summits on a gorgeous blue bird day. Today, belonged to her.
The alarm went off at 4:30 and I lingered in bed. It was warm and well, the house was cold. Eventually getting myself ready for the day, I poured the coffee and Isis and I were out the door. Once we hit 93, I had a fe…

The Carter's and Winters Return to the Whites.

The original plan was a mid-fall Presidential Traverse and I was really looking forward to the undertaking. Isis would stay home and I would have gone with friends, John and Brenda. It was going to be epic. Well, the only thing epic was the cold and the winds. I can hike in a lot of conditions however, wind was not one I wanted to really deal with. So, as I was driving out, I was consulting with Silverfox and discerned that this trip was not meant to be. A quick call to John and there was no debate. I was heading home and it was for the best. A normal Saturday would be interesting. I have not had one of those since the beginning of July. So the errands got run, the coffee maker got replaced (a sad night waking up to start a presi with no coffee), and Isis got a good walk around AshuelotPark in Keene. We got back to the car and she looked at me as if to say, “is that it”? So, a plan was made for the Carter’s. Three peaks for the grid and for Isis to get closer to her forty-eight. I fig…

Mt. Monadnock and The Pumpelly Cave

Mt. Monadnock and I have history. I disliked this peak for a number of years as it mocked me for becoming afraid when I slipped on some rocks and did not summit. Prior to my earnest attempt at the NH multi season 48, I was in therapy for something completely unrelated to mountains and was told that in order to continue with my present list, I’d need to put that demon to rest. I summited Mt. Monadnock successfully in 2011 after not summiting since I was 6 years old and before I did my second 4K peak. Then in 2012 I began to hear about a cave… Promises made and promises unkept, the weekend finally came where I wanted to find this elusive cave. I believe this qualifies as another, ‘I’m going to do it anyway hike’. I didn’t want it to be that way though so, I made it a ‘for me hike’. I wanted to see if I could do this and do this on my own (again). Of course prior to getting to the trail head, my heart leapt into my throat and I felt butterflies long gone come alive again as my eyes locke…

November on the Kinsman's and Isis is Halfway there.

In planning out the rest of the fall and my winter, I placed the Kinsman’s on November. These two peaks were to kick off my November count and I’d get the red line for the Mt. Kinsman trail too. This set of peaks is not a favorite by any means so, I was feeling as though I was going through the motions in my week between hikes. The winds of change seemed to be picking up though and by the time Friday came around, I was excited to hit the trail with good friends and good news. I was excited because I had the chance to reverse my course that I was set on when I was sucked down to the left on that trail to disaster a little over a year ago. Silverfox, Val, and myself along with Isis, met at the Burger King in Ashland for a carpool to the trailhead. It had been a while since I joined Silverfox for a hike so, the company was welcome. The addition of Val would be equally nice. The more the merrier on the trails.
Isis got herself loved from everyone and we headed off down the Mt. Kinsman trai…