Archive for November 2012

Squam Range Traverse



I did a one-way trek on the Squam Range from Mt Livermore to Mt Morgan. I started by dropping my pack at the startig point, then driving to the ending point, where I mounted Melanie’s old kid’s bicycle. Then I rode the 3 miles to the starting point, where I left the bike for pick-up after the hike.

The hike was not a big climb. The temperature was about 28, and the wind was blowing. When I reached the top of Mt Livermore, 1.1 miles in, I got a great panorama over Squam Lake. Then I walked the ridge trail. The overlook commanded another good view, as shown in the movie. The last part of the movie was taken from the other end of the range at its highest point, Mt Morgan, where I ate lunch and enjoyed the captivating view of both Squam and Winnipesaukee. I left the peak at 12:10 and went down the marked trail. I got back to the car at 1:45, an elapsed hiking time of 5 hours—indicating that the terrain was pretty nice. Temperature reached 34 at the end of the hike, and the wind was less below the ridge. A gorgeous day.

mapSummary: 9.18 miles, Squam Range from Mt Livermore to Mt Percival.
Full report here.

Bonds via Zealand, Round Trip with Guyot Overnight

WMGonline map of the hikeI did a 2-day hike to the Bonds, with a balmy night at Guyot campsite in the shelter. The weather was so warm that I kept removing layers in the shelter (temperature actually rose over night) and got down to shorts on the muddy trip back. What snow there was either melted or turned to slush. My boot toes got wet both days. The skies started cloudy but opened up to blue at 11 on the first day and stayed mostly clear.

See a full report here. Here’s a movie from Mt Guyot taken just after the skies cleared.

Summary: 20.56 miles over 2 days, 4 peaks (Zealand, West Bond, Bond, Bondcliff).

Mt Tecumseh: Jonah, Benny, and Fred

The hike

We, Jonah Tower, Benny Tower, and Fred Knight, did a Benny-size hike to Mt Tecumseh. See the pictures here.

Summary: 6.2 miles. All three participants did well.