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Windy Waumbek Wandering and Pondering.

Wind was blowing so, I took to the shelter of the trees for this week. I've been picking off the lower summits this month and today, I decided on Mount Waumbek. Needless to say, as we approached Franconia Notch, it was raining but I could see bright skies beyond. So, sure enough as we approached the trail head, we not only got a clearing, we got a rainbow too. Then we got some more rain. At the trail head, I got ready to go at a snails pace... Because of the rain. I switched my winter shell for my rain and wind shell. I got my boots on and got Lil' Nugget ready. Then we sat and I was transferred back to my tent at the Kidd Gore Shelter on the LT. I was simultaneously listening to the rain on the roof of my car and on the roof of my tent. Then much like I did before, I got up and got going. This time though, the rain stopped. It was cold and definitely windy today so I was glad for the tree cover. 

 As you start out hiking the Mount Starr King trail, the first thing you come t…

Scratching the Itch on Carrigain

It's like an itch that needs scratching and no matter how many times I tell myself to stay low for the weekend, by Tuesday the itch is present. By Wednesday, I have looked at the weather and decided a few locations I can scratch the itch. This weekend, it was Carrigain. Five miles out on the Signal Ridge trail and then five miles back to the car. The forecast looked favorable, at least it did before I left the house at almost 5:30am (earlier than I go to work!). The ride up to the trail head was chilly. I think this was the first time I had the heat on full. Too many clouds to see the the mountain tops by the time I got into the region but I did witness some pretty decent Alpenglow. Once at the trail head and being thankful that the gate was still open and we didn't have the additional 2 miles to walk, I got my boots on and Lil' Nugget ready for the day. I was packing tomato soup, extra sharp cheddar, and sliced salami, along with several selections of treats for Lil'…

Tecumseh Fits In Perfectly

I was a little short on time this weekend but I knew that I wanted to get up North. The weather had me chasing a few plans and finally settling on just a quick hike for Saturday. Given that I had to work on Friday and Isis had a vet appointment on Sunday, Tecumseh would fit right in. Plus, I could get a few things done at home on Saturday after the hike. The other beautiful thing about Tecumseh for me is that it's a short hike and that means that I can sleep late. I felt lazy not getting on the road until 6am and I could have slept even later too. It was going to be a cold weekend so, the pack was packed with extra winter gear and hot chicken and rice soup. At the trail head, the sun was in and out of the clouds so, I figured I had made the right choice. 

The first water crossing right at the trail head at the ski resort was easy. The trail itself is covered in leaves and a little slick in spots but nothing drastic. Isis and I are having a great day so far and as we continue, the…

One Last Overnighter on Isolation

I FINALLY got some much needed tent time. Which is to say, I finally sucked it up and put my heavy pack back on and got my butt to a summit for some much needed tent time. Of course, because I'm me, I choose a really cold night. The first snow really. Even if it did melt by the time Sunday ended. So, Isis and I headed up to Mt Isolation and considering the winds, I scrapped my traveling over Boott Spur. We opted for Glenn Boulder and then down the Davis Path... Literally, you go up to 5000 ft to go down the 4003 feet at the summit off the Davis Path and you have to work for this one (think of the pain doing an out and back). It's not my favorite. I find it long and tedious with no clear way to get there. Which of course also makes it more of a challenge peak that I put off until I'm in the right frame of mind. I borrowed a 20 degree bag from my Supervisor (Best team EVER!) that was smaller than my 20 degree bag so, this one fit in my pack. My first excuse was gone... Time…

Mount Moosilauke with a Chill

In a typical week, I start planning and watching the weather early. I had intended on either backpacking for the entire weekend or doing an over night at Isolation. Neither one of those panned out. The backpack because of the weather that was initially rain that almost threatened to scrap the whole weekend entirely. The over night of Isolation for 2 reasons: One, the cold weather tonight and Two, my 20* sleeping bag is not Ultra Light and would not fit in my pack. My winter camping gear is just not up to it. So, rather than chance it with my 40* bag and fleece liner (sure to freeze), or chancing it and trying to break in my new hammock with my 20* bag, I decided on Moosilauke. Knowing for me, any day away from home and in the mountains is a good day. I'll wait it out and see if we get one more warm weekend as I really would like some tent time before the season ends.
This morning, the weather was cold. I was dressing in my long pants, heavy boots, base and mid layer. I would also…