Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from March, 2014

Classic Moosilauke...

The mountains I climb each have their own personalities and seem to invite me to climb them at particular times in my life. My relationship with Moosilauke has always been during transition times. The first climb, I was looking for someone (figuratively, he was nowhere to be found and has since walked away from me), the second time I was transitioning to winter hiking (success!), the third and fourth times there were people moving in and out of my life, and now on the fifth visit, it seems to be the same story from a year ago. Plus, the mountain is transitioning to Spring. I had attempted the hike last week and returned because I hate when things are left undone. I wanted to put and end to my March on a good note and needed a win. I set myself up to get moving by 5:30am and that did wonders for my mind. Extra sleep these days is always welcome. Isis and I made our way up north and I hoped that the roads were not too icy… I was in luck but the frost heaves on 118 heading to Ravine road…

Moosilauke Transitioning....

Transitions are never easy and in the transition from Winter to Spring, Winter was having a hard time letting go. Today, I was excited to head back to Mt Moosilauke for what I hoped to be a clear day at the summit. The weather report painted the picture of a cloudy day to start and then clearing with cold temps (-30 with the wind chill). In spite of the wind chill on an extremely open summit, I was going anyway and Isis was coming with me. It was time for us to return to Moose since we had not been there since June of last year. As a matter of fact, I had no issues convincing myself to get out of bed. I was looking forward to this and getting back to successful hiking trips. Of course the early spring conditions had something different planned. After an uneventful ride, I hit 118 and a snow storm broke out. The road reminds me of the mountain road I take to work and as it was poorly plowed and chock full of frost heaves, I thought several times about turning back (already) and I pushe…

Sun Play on Monadnock

On Sunday, I had it in my head to do a sunset hike. I waited throughout the whole crazy week at work to wake up to extremely cloudy skies and debated all day whether I was going up or not. Even driving home, there was indecision. At the last possible moment, I looked out my back door and saw the brightness in the direction of Monadnock. Suddenly, I was going and the hot chocolate was getting made and packed. I first drove around to the Dublin Side for the Pumpelley trail and it looked as though it was not broken out and pretty well post holed so, I drove all the way back around to the toll road trail head and decided to take the White Arrow trail up. 2.2 total miles to the summit and what I hoped was a beautiful sunset.
Heading up the Toll Road for 1.1 miles, I got my feet under me and did not have my hillsound trail crampons on yet. It was ice but there was enough bare earth to wait it out. The road walk was uneventful except for warming up my legs. Once I got to the trail sign for t…

Winter 2013/2014 Review

Entering into the 2013/2014 Winter season, I was free and clear to attempt to finish off what was already 2 winter seasons in the making and having less than stellar winter seasons in the past, I was hungry for this one. I was already at 21 peaks and looking to get the remaining 27 knowing that this was a very busy winter for myself, I entered in knowing that I needed to be OK with not finishing again this winter season (but hope was already built up inside of me). I was however not going down without a fight. The only obstacles in my way would be the weather, distance to the mountains, and me. Knowing this might be a large solo effort, I needed to quiet the doubtful voice and just go for it with everything I had.
I began my season on the Osceola's (East and Osceola peak) on Dec 28 2013 after a quiet family Christmas season, I was reunited (so to speak) with NHITHIKER for the day’s journey. After meeting up early one morning at a safe location, and packing the gear into one car, w…

Winter on Zealand... When it All Comes Together.

This morning, the winter season almost came to a screeching holt as I debated going back to bed. Time changes are rough on a hiker and today, I lost an hour somewhere in the mix.After an intense argument in my head, I came to the conclusion that it was better than staying at home with the ghosts so, off to the mountains I went again. Isis and I packed up and hit the road a little later than we had planned but we were on our way. Zealand and West Bond were hopeful for the day, the deciding factor, an additional 3.5 mile road walk. Parking the car in the winter lot, Isis and I prepared to walk 302 to the Zealand Campground at about 7:30am. The road walk was really not that bad and I always seem to enjoy them as they usually are mostly flat and I can warm up my legs. After yesterday’s tight calf, I’d almost say it was welcome and Isis gets to roam a little too. The road which is not plowed, it very well packed out so, there is no need to pack in the snow shoes I left in the car (I wanted…

Points on Madison for Winter.

I have a feeling about today and I am drawing a line and challenging myself to go over it. Today, I wanted to do Madison and Adam’s. It would have been a great feet solo with Isis. Something was off with me and I kept pushing through it and crossing the line from the time I woke up. I tried to push out the fact that I had convinced myself that I needed to get both peaks and that is not motivating me. As Isis and I drive through Franconia on our way to the Appalachia trail head, the alpine glow was outstanding. At the trail head, there looked to be a busy day above tree line. One group was departing and two more were gathering. Isis and I stopped briefly to chat as we made our way through the parking lot. I was carrying my snow shoes and just had my Hillsounds trail crampons on. As we crested the snow bank, the trail appeared to be well paced out. We crossed the two snow mobile tracks roads and began our ascent on Valley Way.
I debated on going to Adam’s or Madison first and settled on …