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Mount Tecumseh Just Because...

To zero or not.... The main question of my week after my big finish of my Winter peaks last weekend on Mt. Adams. So, I chose Mount Tecumseh because when I need a hike in a pinch but don't have time for a big expedition, I can hike Tecumseh and feel satisfied. The weather today was over cast so, I was not really worried about a view being missed. Tecumseh also allows me to sleep in. I got up at a leisurely 6am and drove up to the Ski resort (Waterville Valley) and arrived just before 9am. I was not thinking I would get a spot in the Hiker's Lot 1 at this late hour (Stay to your left when driving in otherwise you are in the valet line). I lucked out and got a spot. No hoofing it to the trail today! It's actually warm. Maybe I'm over dressed in my layers but I figure that I can strip down or vent. My pack is stripped down too. Not nearly as much food but enough for safety. Water was in my Nalgene but I probably could have gotten away with a bladder. I had a reserve wate…

Mount Adams... #48 in Winter.

It was time... Of the 48 Winter peaks, I had Mount Adams left. Today was the day. After watching 3 forecasts, and coming to the conclusion that I might as well grab the brass ring, I set out with a full pack of winter gear. Every traction device I owned and headed for Appalachia. Not really sure what would happen today but I knew one thing... I was not going to give up without a fight. At 7am, Isis and I suited up and headed out. Today's sub zero temps to start earned extra layers for me and Isis. It was going to be slow going today too to watch for sweating. I had one thing on my mind, that summit post on the top of Adams. 

Valley Way was a decent trail down low. Well packed and easy to travel in microspikes. I was feeling good and hopeful for the day. The wind was low and as we climbed, the temps were fluctuating just a little. Terrain was solid. Intermittent ups and downs to start before the trail starts climbing. This is where I slow down and also run into Ian and Marlee (His…

The Bonds on a Presidentially Bluebird Day and West Bond Makes #47

The Bond's for Winter... Solo. An interesting undertaking to say the least. I woke up a little after midnight and was on the road by 1am. First car in Lincoln Woods a little after 3am. Lil' Nugget does not know what to think at this point. I get us both ready and we hit the trail... The long flat Lincoln Woods, Wilderness Boundary, and Bond Cliff trail. I think it helped that all I had was my headlamp for light. This narrows the focus and helps me not focus on where I need to be or what the trail is like coming up. I'm focused on the here and now plus, I have plenty of day light for 23 miles... The woods are not without their noises and on more than a few occasions, I make louder noises just in case. the Lincoln Woods Trail to the Wilderness Boundary is flat and easy to travel with just microspikes. Everything is well packed at this point. The water crossing is somewhat solid and able to be passed over an ice bridge but move quick as it creeks under feet. Continuing we he…

Tom, Field, and Wiley.... Lil' Triplets for a Happy New Year.

Happy 2016! Happy Winter (Finally)! Headed out for Tom, Field, and Wiley. An easy set of triplets to possibly get my mind ready for a bigger set of triplets. But first, before any of this, 2015 had to have it's way with me and put me in a very dark place. OK, well, I did it to myself but what can I say. I'm a fighter and I'll get there... Someday. I got to the Highland Center just as the sun was coming up. I knew that I'd have plenty of day light to play in but I had to convince myself of this. Lil' Nugget is having a blast going up the Avalon Trail from the Depot. She loves the snow and sticks her face in every chance she gets looking for a mouse or a vole. The trail is well packed from the AMC center traffic. This circuit is so well traveled that I leave my snowshoes at home. I also know that I won't be alone on the trails today either. 
At the first crossing, it's bridged a little further up so, we take that rather than hop the rocks. I also put my spik…