2012 Jan 28
With no takers for hiking companions and a forecast for a very windy Presidential Ridge, I abandoned the planned Mt Jefferson ascent and selected Mt Passaconaway (4043′) for a solo hike. The drive up went well, so I made the sunrise on the Kancamagus Hwy, with some good views (see full report).
Steve Bussolari, Charlie Abert, Fred Knight
2012 Jan 22
Gorgeous hike on a gorgeous day. Sunday was predicted to be beautiful, but we got a real treat with cloudless skies, little wind (none on Little Haystack), and easy going on the snow-padded trails. Charlie barebooted all the way; Steve and I wore microspikes; saw many snowshoed hikers on the ridge. Started out cool at 0815. The pictures tell the story.
Steve’s report and track on EveryTrail
Summary: ~9 miles, 3000′ rise, 6 hours total
Solo ascent of Monadnock on a cold day. Saw a wide range of people. Almost immediately after starting I met two solos and a pair all coming down at 0845. They had started out early. Two of them were hoofing it.Then I saw another old geezer (like me), a retired dairy farmer who lives nearby and comes almost daily to the hill. Later another runner passed me up and then down as he scampered over the spots I thought were tricky. Then more groups coming up near the time I was almost finished. Wide range of gear too, from nothing to full set of gear. Full report. Temperature started near 0 deg F. Breezy on top; warmed up a bit.
Summary: ~5 miles, 3.75 hours, 2200′ elevation gain.
–Fred (aka tarpman)