Hiked Cannon Mountain on 11/28/2014. This was peak 533 for “The Grid over 60”. Got a late start as the driving conditions weren’t great because of an inch or two of new snow that hadn’t been treated and was still coming down. Cannon was reporting 11 inches of new snow in the Thanksgiving storm so I was anticipating using snowshoes. Fortunately someone had hiked up on Thanksgiving day although they didn’t go all the way to the summit. There were snow showers all day so no views from the summit.
I didn’t go to the top of the summit tower as there weren’t any views and I didn’t want to take off my snowshoes. Oly 43 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.
Hiked the Wildcats on 11/25/2014. These were peaks 531 and 532 for “The Grid over 60”. I actually hiked 4 of the Wildcat peaks but only A and D count as 4000 foot peaks, B, C and E don’t meet the elevation gain requirement from the nearest official 4000 foot peak. I hiked up the Polecat ski trail to the summit of D. The only snow on the trail was manmade and there were a few muddy spots on the lower parts. The ski area was not officially open. It was forecast to be windy but that didn’t happen so it was pretty comfortable hiking with temperatures above freezing and low winds. There were good views from the platform at the summit of D.
The hike down from D was quite steep and icy in spots and was slow going. The rest of the hike over to A was pretty normal with a few icy spots but nothing to be concerned about.
The arrival at the summit of Wildcat A is always sort of surprising as it doesn’t seem like you have gone up enough to be there.
The walk to Wildcat D was the same as the walk over to A, just in reverse.
Hiked Whiteface and Passaconaway on 11/22/14. These were peaks 529 and 530 for “The Grid over 60”. Went up Blueberry Ledge trail, I was a little worried as to what condition the ledges would be in but they had an inch or two of crusty snow and weren’t to difficult to climb up. Took my first break at the junction with the Blueberry Ledge Cutoff trail. The horizon looked like it was sunrise but it was really mid morning.
It took me a while to hike along the Rollins trail as there was quite a bit of ice to navigate around and some of it was hidden under the snow.
At the junction of the Dicey’s Mill trail I ate my PBJ and then headed up to the summit of Passaconaway. There were sections of the trail that were completely covered in ice.
I reached the summit of Passaconaway which doesn’t have any views but there are two viewpoints near the summit.
On my descent from Passaconaway I saw evidence of recent wildlife activity.
Only 46 more peaks left to complete “The Grid over 60”
Hiked Middle and North Tripyramid on 11/21/14 with Mike Lynch. These were peaks 527 and 528 for “The Grid over 60”. It was predicted to be cold (single numbers) and windy but I don’t think it got any colder than middle teens. It was windy on the ridge line. We went up Sabbaday Brook trail which has an almost 4 mile approach with a fairly gentle ascent and then it is quite steep for almost a mile to the ridge line. There were some snow covered ledges that neither Mike or I felt very comfortable with so rather than descend the same route we decided to go down Pine Bend Brook trail and walk along the road to get back to the cars. There were lots of snow showers during the day and limted views from both summits.
Only 48 peaks left to complete “The Grid over 60”.
Hiked Eisenhower, Pierce and Jackson on 11/15/14 with Mike Lynch. These were peaks 524, 525 and 526 for “The Grid over 60”. It was 17 degrees at the Edmands Path trailhead and not predicted to get much warmer during the day. It was also predicted to be windy on the exposed summits. There was a light amount of snow on the trail at the beginning and maybe 4 inches as we neared the turn to ascend Eisenhower on the Eisenhower Loop trail.
I didn’t take any pictures on Eisenhower as it was very windy blowing a steady 30-40 MPH and gusting to 50 MPH. Fortunatley we had the winds at our back so it pushed us along instead blowing in our faces. We also encountered some knee deep snow drifts. We made our way over to Pierce where there also weren’t any views but not as windy.
We had our PBJs on Pierce and then headed down to Mizpah Hut.
We hiked over to Jackson and the sun came out and there were some nice views.
It was windy on Jackson and a little chilly.
Leaving the summit of Jackson is quite steep and was a little slippery with ice and snow but we made it with no problems. Only 50 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.
Hiked Carrigain on 11/14/14. It was peak number 523 for “The Grid over 60”. Sawyer River Road was still open so I was able to drive to the Signal Ridge trailhead avoiding the 2 additional miles of roadwalk. There was one other car in the parking lot. There was a light dusting of snow on the trail at the start and maybe 2 inches near the summit.
Once I reached Signal Ridge there were very good views although the higher peaks were in the clouds.
Once on the summit I climbed the tower to take some pictures. It was windy on the tower but still able to take some pictures.
Hiked Hale on 11/12/14. It was peak number 522 for “The Grid over 60”. It was a cloudy day with showers predicted in the afternoon. Not much to take pictures of and a relatively short hike, roundtrip in 3 hours on the Hale Brook trail.
The viewless summit was in the clouds. We ate our PBJs on the way down. Only 54 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.
Hiked Moosilaukee on 11/11/14. It was peak number 521 for “The Grid over 60”. It was a nice clear day with temperatures in the 40s but quite windy when we got to the summit. We hiked the Gorge Brook trail which is a pretty easy way to reach the summit. On the way up there were some snowmen perched on a rock.
We didn’t stay too long on the summit as it was quite windy but there was time to take a few pictures.
We ate our PBJs on the way down once we were out of the wind. Only 55 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.
Hiked Bondclif, Bond, West Bond and Zealand on 11/8/2014. These were peaks 517, 518, 519, and 520 for “The Grid over 60”. The weather forecast for the day was pretty good for this long hike and turned out better than predicted, temps in the 20’s, low winds and close to 100 mile visibilty with bright blue skies. Hiked with Bill Cronin, Mike Lynch was supposed to join us but couldn’t make it over Kancamaugus Pass due to icy road conditions. We started at 6:15 AM and made it to the bridge over Franconia Brook in about 50 minutes.
We crossed the bridge and started up the Bondcliff Trail. We stopped at the bottom of Hilary’s Step to have a PBJ as it sounded too windy to stop and eat on the summit of Bondcliff. Turned out we were wrong as it wasn’t windy but it felt good to eat.
We stopped on Bondcliff for a few minutes to take pictures and measure the wind. It was pretty calm and gusted to 18MPH with a temperature of 19.
We then continued along to climb up to the summit of Bond where the conditions were about the same.
We continued along the Bondcliff Trail until we got the the spur trail over to West Bond.
Back at the junction with the Bondcliff trail we ate half of a PBJ to keep our energy up.
Continued along the Bondcliff trail until we got to Guyot which is a 4K peak but doesn’t count as it doesn’t have enough elevation gain from the low spot with West Bond.
Turned on the Twinway and headed for Zealand, kind of a hard section of trail as there are large rocks to navigate around and we had 3-5 inches of new snow covering up the holes and roots and ice.
Made our way over to Zeacliff where someone had made a snowman.
We made the steep descent to Zealand Hut and got there just before it got dark enough to need headlamps. We went in and finished our PBJs and got our headlamps on and did the last 2.5 miles out to the parking lot. The entire trip was around 19.5 miles and took us 12 hours and 10 minutes. It was a long and tiring day.