While my friends were off hiking some 4kers, I decided to chase down some easier 52WAV peaks. I hit IMP Face in the morning,and then drove over to Iron Mountain for a quick afternoon hike. It was surprising to see the road open this late in the year.
For the Christmas holiday I climbed Old Speck for my 3rd time, under sunny skies and very warm temps. We made great time and didn’t find too much ice.I ran into some hiking friends on my way down.
It’s sure been a while since I got back here and wrote some trip reports. Mostly I have been away form the mountains, or exploring smaller woods closer to my home. I wanted to help a friend of mine working on his NH 4000+ footers list so we decided on Mount Isolation. I’ve been here two or three times before, and its always a great adventure. I find it to be much easier in winter however, due to the Old Engine Hill Bushwhack.
We started out around 8:30AM from the Rocky Branch TH, a team of 8 in total. We bare booted for a short bit, then quickly switched over to snowshoes. We followed the Rocky Branch trail until the Engine Hill Bushwhack began. This year it seems to have moved from years passed, but worked just fine. When we emerged from the beautiful birch glade woods, the path was less packed down. There was 1 gentleman form Canada ahead of us. We trudged on and finally reach the summit, very steep and deep drifts on that last bit. IT was getting late in the day so we did not spend much time on the top, but the views of Mount Washington were quite spectacular.
I’ll put a GPS/GPX link in soon.
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MSR is back at it again, releasing the new WindBoiler Stove to compete with the likes of Jetboil in the lightweight backpacking arena.
The WindBoiler looks like a very promising device with some great features.
The MSR® WindBoiler 1.0 L Stove System is the ultimate windproof personal stove system. It features the WindBoiler’s radiant burner, which offers greater performance, fuel efficiency and wind resistance than open-flame burners. The stove draws all the oxygen it needs in through ports near its burner, allowing the pot’s heat exchanger to protect the flame and maximize heat. Lastly, a pressure regulator ensures the stove maintains consistent power, even if canister pressure drops. The result is a stove that operates fast and reliably, even in challenging conditions.
Windproof performance using MSR Reactor™ technology
Smart design features for a more user-friendly experience
Superior durability, fit, and finish throughout the stove
Smaller packed size due to an improved heat exchanger design
Capacity: Full-Size Bowl: 16 oz/ .47 L
Boil Time: 8 mph/13 kph wind: WindBoiler: 2 min 30 sec
8 mph/13 kph wind: Competition: 3 min 30 sec
12 mph/ 19 kph: WindBoiler: 2 min 45 sec
12 mph/ 19 kph: Competition: Does Not Boil
Weight: (Minimum) 15.2 oz
(Packaged) 16.1 oz
Not only is the Reactor Stove System the fastest and most fuel efficient stove ever made, its the only one that delivers that level of performance in the cold and wind of the real world. Youll burn … more info.
The MSR WindBoiler 1.0 L Stove System is the ultimate windproof personal stove system. It features the WindBoilers radiant burner, which offers greater performance, fuel efficiency and wind … more info.