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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by tk421991, May 2, 2016.
Unfortunately I've got some military stuff that weekend
Hiked Franconia Ridge with my daughter yesterday - always a good hike - nice day with sun and clouds
Fun day all around (except for the border control shut down of 93 that had it backed up for 30 minutes)
You looking to attempt the presis in a day hike?
Did some hiking in the Wasatch and Tetons last week. Not super strenuous, but the views were incredible...
Lake Blanche - 8.5 miles (Big Cottonwood Canyon, outside SLC, near Solitude Ski Resort
Paintbrush Divide/Cascade Canyon Loop - 21 miles, Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - 8.3 miles, Teton Village, WY
I think I could do it pretty easily in 12-14 hours it would just suck. Did the grand canyon (~17 miles 7000 feet compared to 22 miles 10000 feet) in about 9 hours.
Those are beautiful. Took a guy off the mountain from Greenleaf hut one winter when we figured out he went up there to kill himself. Long story, but hopefully ended up ok for him
Anyone a winter hiker? Last winter one we did was last year February, dropped to 25 below at nauman tent site overnight. Trying to decide which route to go this winter
Winter hiking is probably my favorite, in the right conditions. If you pick the right day it can be spectacular. It's often not so much the temperature, as it is the wind.
I've had great luck, going on clear days with little to no wind and near (or entirely) empty trails being midweek. I've had hikes were it was single digit temps, but because there wasn't any wind it was just fine. Only when I took my gloves off to take some pictures did I realize how cold it was. Those glove liners with the touch screen capable fingers are money.
I found that even though my time and speeds were slower, it doesn't feel slower, and I physically am not as sore afterwards. Not having to deal with millions of rocks and roots when there is enough snow on the ground is a wonder thing.
This is a great point, some of these climbs are actually so much easier in the winter, even with snowshoes on. Seems like you can always find a good tent site too.
Btw this was a f***ing sick ass f***ing hike. So much scrambling and the Blueberry Ledge views were incredible. Just an awesome climb, tons of fun. Did a "hammock-with-a-view" on the ridge to Mt Passaconoway. Amazing day.
Will be climbing *gasp* MT JEFFERSON on sunday. 5700ft!! 3rd tallest. I hear it's a short but very difficult hike. Can't wait!
The wife and I did Mt. Monadnock on Sunday, it was tougher then I expected and my wife was just done with it, but did hang in to her credit. I don't think we will be taking on the Presidentials any time soon.
Did the loop, up Pierce, then over to Eisenhower, a few weeks ago with my daughter, she’s 22. Beautiful day, great time, incredible views. First ones over 4,000ft. Could have taken a little more water as I was a little thirsty on the last 2.3 mile walk back to the car. I think she was surprised her old man can still hold his own on the “hills”. Now she’s talking Mt. Washington for next summer. Told her if I have any $$ left for gas next year, maybe, (haha). She’s gone off to Grad school. Very proud of her.
Road walks suck. Mentally more than physically. Feel like you are done, but nope!
What also sucks, are trails that have a section right near the trailhead that loses elevation before going up. That's my least favorite. I want to get all the climbing out of the way on the way to the mountain, not on the way back!
After not hiking for nearly two months due to warm/humid weather, vacations, other travel, I finally got my lazy ass going again yesterday, at Carrigain. Sawyer Road is open again, which was helpful. Even saw mommy bear with her 3 cubs while driving in, but I they were gone before I could get the camera out.
Carrigain was nice for sure! This was #36 for me; 12 more to go, including the Bonds (which will be tough to do as a single day trip).
Carrigan was a great hike. Did that last winter snowshoeing. Awesome pics.
Tomorrow is the day I've been waiting for....
Mt Adams. 5000ft elevation gain. Supposed to be very treacherous with incredible views of Washington. Will likely take the Airline trail and bag Madison as well.
Good luck with this! Looking forward to seeing your write up of the trip. Adams and Madison are two of my remaining peaks also.
Its been a while, but did one where is was about -20 in the middle of the night. Near nancy pond
MOTHER f***ER! WHAT A DAY!!
That was the most dangerous shit I've ever done in my LIFE (that includes skydiving). I would not recommend this climb unless you are in literally the best shape of your life and are psychologically prepared also.
We started at the Appalachia parking lot and took the Airline trail and then took the more challenging Shortline trail into the "ice caves" and some insane scrambling. For half the climb, we weren't on the trail, just scrambling (dangerously) to make it closer to the steep climb. The views at the top were nothing short of a gift from the heavens. In a 360 view, you could see Jefferson (which I hiked last weekend, nothing compared to this), Washington and Madison. We bagged Madison as well after visiting the AMC hut, but it wasn't as rewarding as Adams.
I don't care how experienced you are, this one is one for the books. Unbelievable day.
Nice! I'm thinking about doing Adams and Madison on Wednesday or Thursday. Probably go up Airline and out Valley Way.
On second thought, since I haven't hiked in forever for no good reason, maybe I'll just start with a short jaunt up to just Jefferson to get me back into the swing of things.
Looks like an amazing trip & thanks for the pictures! Approximately how long did it take?
I have to do this soon, and this is my planned route:
Valley way to Watson Path to Madison.
From Madison, Gulfside and Airline to Adams.
From Adams, Airline down and straight back to the parking lot.
I am not into any dangerous scrambling or such, so I hope that route is not as bad.
Great pics, I did that trek about 14 years ago when I was 22 but in reverse but took the Scout trail out of Dolly Copp then out to a car parked on Rt2... I do remember that was a long ass day. Had some significant back issues in my late 20’s early 30’svand am now getting back into hiking now that I know how to manage my F’ed up back.
I would recommend that, and purposely scramble Jefferson so your legs (and hands) are accustomed to it
I would recommend Adams first using Airline due to the energy you'll need to do it. Valley Way is a straight shoot and is relatively nice coming down (Airline going down won't be fun). The entire hike took 10.5 hrs. Don't let the distance fool you, we started at 830am and made it to the car before dark with minutes to spare.
I did Mt Isolation via Rocky Branch/Isolation/Davis on Friday, basically it's rock hopping a stream the whole way. 2 stars, will not do again. Awesome views of Washington though.
Should have done Glen Boulder. Steep and relentless but gets above treeline fast and awesome views the rest of the way up to Davis Path near Boott Spur.
I did Airline\Valley way last year. It's a great hike! This year I went up King Ravine thru Subway/Ice Caves. Man, what a fantastic hike and well worth it. Subway was an interesting one! I hear great things about Great Gully and Chemin des Dames too and I think I will attempt those next time.
Kind of hiking, ran another Tough Mudder today at Gunstock, the course went up and down just about every ski trail, yikes. Hands and knees for some of them.
Did carrigan yesterday. Considering tripyramid loop tomorrow.
Waterville Valley is awesome. Did the Tripyramid Loop today. Coming down the slide from North Tripyramid is one of the harder "hikes" I've experienced in New England. I made the change from mid hiking boots to trail runners this weekend. For spring summer fall I don't think I'll ever go back unless carrying an unusually heavy load.
Checked off Carter Dome and Carter South yesterday. Nice day! #37 and #38 for me, 10 more to go (but that includes a few long and nasty ones).
Just before the hut:
Carter Dome from the hut:
Wildcat A from viewpoint going up Carter Dome:
The wonderful summit of Dome!
Viewpoint from Dome, you can see Washington in the far left, then Jefferson, Adams, Madison. On the right is Carter South and Height.
Carter South is all it's glory!
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