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)
Benny, Jonah Tower, Steve Bussolari, Fred Knight, 2011 Dec 26
Three of us, Jonah, Fred, and Benny, accepted Steve’s invitation for a Boxing Day hike. Although Squam Range was put forward, Cannon Mt won due to a scolding from Charlie Abert that required reaching 4000′. It was Benny’s first peak. Less wind and more clouds than expected. A gorgeous new snow of up to ~6″. It was a short hike (for Benny’s sake) and we arrived home before dark. Full report.
Kris Cyr and Fred Knight, 2011 Dec 17
We expected a strenuous hike and cold with clearing skies and light wind. We got a workout and the cold temperatures, but there were only a couple moments of the sun breaking through on Mt Washington and significant breeze atop Mt Monroe. Full report.
Charlie Abert, Steve Bussolari, Fred Knight, Jonah Tower and Benny
2011 Dec 3
Early start for 6+-hour hike, slightly over book time for the 8-mile hike with 2900′ rise. All participants cooperated to make it an enjoyable day. Benny, the golden retriever, was on his first outing; master Jonah played him well. Report and pictures here.
Steve Bussolari, Jerry Rubin, Fred Knight
2011 Nov 27
Up to the White Mtns, up the Ravine Road to the Dartmouth Lodge, then up the Gorge Brook Trail to the Moosilauke summit, then down Gleencliff and Snapper, back to the Road. No other hikers except a party in the distance at the summit. Nice day with temperatures in the 30s. Full report here.
Steve Bussolari, Jonah Tower, Fred Knight
We hiked up Falling Waters, across Franconia Ridge from Little Haystack to Lafayette, and then down Old Bridle Path. We took 8 hours, well above book time. Always a fun hike! My last time up here was in April when the snow was deep. Only a dusting today. Here’s a full report.
Fred Knight and Steve Smith
2011 Nov 5
Steve Smith and Fred Knight made a day of the gorgeous weather on Saturday with a hike up the Gale River Trail to Galehead Mtn, and an extension to South Twin. Wanting some views of Franconia and the Presidentials, we added South Twin (and another 1200′ of elevation) for spectacular views of snow-covered peaks west and east. We returned back to the car by sunset as the 3/4 moon was rising. A thoroughly fun day.
Fred Knight and Charlie Anderson
2011 Oct 22
Charlie Anderson and Fred Knight were so excited about the hike that they both woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep for awhile.
Mt Carrigain was my 29th 4000’er. Next is Galehead. Then we are into winter and fun with the snow. Everybody’s excited about that.
Summary: 14 miles (4 on road), 3200′ rise on trail plus 600′ on road to Mt Carrigain summit at 4700′, 8:25 start; 4:55 finish
Don’t forget to click on those photos and the map.
Fred Knight and Mike Pineault
2011 Sep 24-25
Mike and I planned a two-day excursion to reach Bond, Bondcliff, and West Bond. Everything went according to plan. The first day was mostly in the clouds with few views. The night at Guyot Tentsite was very warm. The second day was partly cloudy with good views west but not much east toward the Presidentials.
Looking back to Bondcliff adorned with our Guyot caretaker
As we left Bondcliff, the caretaker, out for a jaunt, was shrouded in fog.
2011 Apr 24
Atop Mt Osceola looking north
The top is barren, cleared (I presume) due to there being a tower in the past with only footings remaining.
On the last day of the 12-week GetFit@MIT, I had a fine hike to East Osceola and Osceola. Starting at the Greeley Ponds Trailhead at 8am after an easy drive (with no traffic), I donned hat and light mittens but got down to shorts and shirt before the steep section up East Osceola. The day was in the 30s with variable clouds and light wind. The monorail on the trail was mostly intact but slippery, so I used microspikes, but I was glad to have crampons for the uphill part. There were a few dicey sections with ice but nothing impassable for me. At a couple points, I regretted leaving my ice ax in the car, although shortening my poles was sufficient.
2011 Apr 2
Who: Matt Hansen, Fred Knight
Matt and I both forgot our cameras, which was the only downside to a fine day of hiking to North Hancock, elevation 4,420 feet and South Hancock, elevation 4,319 feet. The day was partially clear with a mix of a few snow squalls in between intermittent times of blue sky. We were aided by a Lone Snowshoer, who preceded us with enormous strides, and we still took almost 9 hours to complete the 10.4 miles.
The previous two days left 3-6″ of fresh snow, but we managed well with bare boots for the first two hours. We followed the Lone Wolf’s tracks; he was our Wilderness Guide. After the Hancock Loop junction, we used snowshoes and still followed the True Trailblazer up the steep (1100′ in 0.7 miles) part. The uncanny Himalayan Hiker only went awry once, after keeping on trail at a myriad of bends and right-angle turns. The Mystery Man met his match coming off North Hancock. Our Chingachgook left crisscrossed tracks in aborted attempts to find the next blaze, but finally chose a lick of young spruce to bushwhack. The Young Yeti got right back on the track! On the approach to South Peak, the Yak Tracker amazed us again and again by his abrupt turns to meander up to the top. We saw no other hikers—only the trail of Mountain Man With Long Strides.
Coming down South Peak was a glorious treat for Matt, whose balance allowed him a speedy descent. I lagged…and lagged…down the 700′ snow-covered trail. Luckily, the cushion of 6-8″ of snow made a soft landing for each step. The trail of our Winter Wonder was obliterated, but his guidance led us well.
Summary: North and South Hancock, 10.4 miles, 8:45, bare boot and snowshoes, good snow, glorious views, leadership by Dramatic Deerslayer
Mt Washington, 19 Mar 2011: Only got part way up Lion’s head, 3 of 8 in the team made it to the top. I balked at going up Lion’s Head Winter Route. No ice ax; first time with crampons. Decided instead to explore at lower altitudes. Saw Harvard Cabin, then Tuckerman’s Ravine. Met up with the team at the end of the day.
2-day hike4-5 Mar 2011
Solo on 4 Mar up to Cannon Mt from Lafayette Campground, then with Charlie Abert and Jonah Tower up Falling Waters, only part way to the Franconia Ridge because I had to get home. As they reported later, very windy on top.
There are other hike reports from earlier adventures in the White Mountains, the Squam Range, Glacier National Park, and the Rocky Mountains at the older web site.