North and Middle Tripyramid

Hiked North and Middle Tripyramids on 1/21/2015. These were peaks 547 and 548 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch and Bill Cronin joined me on this hike. The temperature was about 0 F when we started but warmed up to the low 20s on the summits. It was a perfectly clear day with great visibility. The steep sections of trail were hard packed and we switched to crampons for the section up to North summit, they made it easier than just the spikes we had been wearing.

Washington from North Tripyramid
Presidential RangeĀ from North Tripyramid
Carrigain from North Tripyramid
Carrigain from North Tripyramid

We made the quick trip over to Middle where there were also excellent views.

Bill and Mike on Middle Tripyramid
Bill and Mike on Middle Tripyramid
Franconia Ridge from Middle Tripyramid
Franconia Ridge from Middle Tripyramid

From Middle we went back to North where we had our PBJs. On the way down Mike and I made a short detour over to Scaur Peak which I thought was on the New Hampshire 100 highest list . Turns out it isn’t but it was an interesting side trip and we were still back to the car at 2:30.

Wooded summit of Scaur Peak
Wooded summit of Scaur Peak
North Tripyramid Slide from Scaur Peak
North Tripyramid Slide from Scaur Peak

Only 28 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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East Osceola and Osceola

Hiked East Osceola and Osceola on 1/15/2015. Peaks 545 and 546 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch joined me for this hike. Once again the weather forecast was not right, it was supposed to be clear but it was cloudy all day and the summits were in the clouds. It took us 2 hours to hike the 1.5 mile section of trail from the junction of the Greeley Ponds Trail and the Mt. Osceola Trail. It was the usual steep but very hard packed snow that required us to use our crampons and was really slow going. The summit of East peak is really not very rewarding as it is wooded and there aren’t any views.

Summit of East Osceola
Summit of East Osceola

After descending East Osceola and starting theĀ ascent of Osceola the first thing you come to is The Chimney. It’s very steep and this time of year is very icy. There is a bypass which is somewhat better but today it also was icy, so we took the bypass of the bypass which is a short bushwack through the trees.

The Chimney
The Chimney

We got to the summit of Osceola where we had our PBJs in the woods where we were out of the wind. We then turned around and went back over East Osceola and back to the parking lot.

Mike descending Osceola
Mike descending Osceola

On the return we stopped for Mike to retrieve a mitten that he had lost when he slipped on one of the steep spots.

Mike retrieving a mitten
Mike retrieving a mitten

Only 30 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

Middle Carter

Hiked Middle Carter on 1/9/2015. This was peak 544 for “The Grid over 60”. Mike Lynch joined me for this hike. We also did South Carter but it didn’t count as a peak for January as I had hiked it previously in January. I didn’t bring my camera as it was snowing and the summits were in the clouds and predicted to stay that way most of the day. Turns out the forecast was wrong and we ended up having decent views from the summits. So I dug into the archives for a few shots from the same hike in February of 2014. We were able to bareboot all the way to Zeta Pass where we put the snowshoes on. There had been one hiker heading over to South and Middle but they had barebooted and kind of made a mess of things. There aren’t any views from South Carter as it is a wooded summit so we continued on and had our PBJs in the sun part way up Middle where we were out of the wind. Here are some of the views from the vicinity of the summit of Middle.

Washington and the ravines
Washington and the ravines
Madison and Adams in the clouds
Madison and Adams in the clouds
Summit of Washington
Summit of Washington

We continued down the North Carter and Imp trails which were a mess from barebooters. Only 32 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.