For today, I decided to do Mt Monadnock in order to test my stamina, which had been waning. The solo hike was a RT via White Dot-Cascade Link-Red Spot-Pempelly. It was only 5+ miles and 1740′ elevation gain, about half of the Falling Waters-Franconia Ridge-Greenleaf-Old Bridle Path loop, but I felt fine on the hike. Weather was in the teens and twenties and got completely overcast with light snow at the end. The trees were covered in ice; even the drive out had great scenery. Only a little snow on a well-trampled trail, but lots of ice on the top of the snow and on rocks near the top. Microspikes did fine, but I saw a couple people with crampons.
Summary: 5.15 miles, 1743′ elevation gain, 4+ hours, well-trampled trail, little snow with icy crust
In other news, my daughter Celia did my sleeping bag repair to enlarge it as a outer cocoon for winter camping. Details forthcoming on another post. I will be ready for the Mt Liberty overnight come the end of February. As Scott says, we can choose according to weather among the last two weekends in February 2020 (22-23 or 29-1Mar). I’ll be in Maine next weekend (15-17 Feb 2020), and we might do the Bigelow Range.