Trip Report: Mount Tecumseh 9/15/2013

Sunday we decided to head out to Mount Tecumseh, and I was less than excited. I’ve been there in winter, I’ve been there in Autumn, its just not a very fun hike, but it’s a good hike for a short Sunday, and my carpool buddies hadn’t been there yet. We drove out to the ski area and headed up the Mount Tecumseh trail. I didn’t recall the great stone steps from last time, probably because they were covered in snow. After a short while we made it to the summit loop, and continued counter-clockwise. What I wasn’t expecting at the summit, was this view! Apparently someone came up and went to town with a chain saw. I’m not sure how I feel about this, it certainly is against the Leave No Trace principles, but on the other hand, its a fantastic view.

 

On the way down we split up and a few of us took the Sosman Trail, to change things up. I really enjoyed this bit of trail and it dumped us out by the top of the ski area. From there we followed some ski trails and access roads back to the car. I can honestly say, Tecumseh no longer sucks.

Time: 3:59:10
Moving Time: 2:35:42
Elapsed Time: 3:59:10
Avg Speed: 1.4 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 2.1 mph
Max Speed: 17.6 mph
Avg Pace: 43:41 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 28:26 min/mi
Best Pace: 3:24 min/mi

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Trip Report: Peak Above the Nubble 9/7/2013

PAtN is one of those bushwhacks on the New England Hundred Highest list that I was not so much looking forward too. I’m closing in on the end of this list, and I was able to lead this with someone that had been there before, but from a different approach. I studied Google earth, different blogs and GPS tracks, and finally the day came to get after it. We were a team of 9, set out for the Haystack Road (FR 304), and parked at the famous 3 large boulders. There is room for maybe 3 cars here, if you block them in. We set off down the overgrown road for a bit, and entered the woods a bit after a few minutes. We soon came to an old clear-cut, it can be clearly seen on Google earth view. I wanted to avoid this place, its overgrown and thick and thorny, but we pushed through it rather quickly. After that, the woods were really spectacular, and we nailed it navigationally. We were able to keep a decent pace for such a large group, gaining elevation rather quickly. From the Nubble, the herd path was well defined and took us to our final destination, where we found the canister. There is a summit sign, but it seems to one that was painted over, and now all the paint has chipped off. It looks like to me it was originally from the ADK, perhaps Whiteface?

The summit had a nice view out to the presidentials, and a great look at the North Twin Slide. I wonder has this always been there, or a product of Hurricane Irene? On our exit I decided to track further to the East to avoid the clear cut mess, I actually went right down a drainage on my topo map, it was relatively dry and really open woods. This was a much easier bushwhack than anticipated, a great day in the woods!

GPS/GPX Link

Distance: 3.92 mi
Avg Speed: 0.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,176 ft

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Trip Report: Mt Flume, Liberty, Lincoln, Lafayette, and Garfield

Once again I planned to head out on a 3 day weekend to do a Pemi loop, and again had to cut it short. This is just how things go sometimes, but we sure had fun trying. We set out on Saturday morning, learned that the Lincoln Woods Trail would be open for the long weekend, and reconstruction would resume Tuesday. We made quick work of the long abandoned rail bed, and began the ascent up to Flume. I chose to hit Franconia Ridge first, get the hard part done early and also because the prediction of thunderstorms was much higher on Monday. We hardly saw anyone on our way up to Flume, only 1 gentleman that had come up the slide. From here, the weather turned on us. By the time we pushed passed Liberty, a slow rain had started and by the time we left Lincoln, it was coming down pretty hard. We stopped for a short break on Lafayette and it started to break, so we made our way out to our intended destination, Garfield Shelter.

This is where things started going downhill, literally and figuratively. One of our group fell on the wet slick rocks of North Lafayette and while it looked much worse than it was, she recovered and we pushed on, but by favoring her other leg, she again fell on the slippery rocks and sprained the other knee near the Skookumchuck Trail junction. Injured in bad weather above 5k ft, this is not good. We decided after a quick rest and some taping that our best bet was to limp on to Garfield Pond and make camp there, and re-evaluate in the morning. There‚Äôs no “established” campsites there, but I have read about some decent areas so we set out. It was slow going but we made it eventually and quickly made camp, dinner, and got to bed, we were all exhausted.

It rained rather hard overnight, and without my tent footprint, some of my gear got a bit wet. None of us were in high spirits, and the weather was not looking very good either, but we slowly made out ascent up and over Mt. Garfield and had a rest there. Here we did get some decent views across to the Bonds. The long descent down the Mt Garfield trail seemed to go on forever, but at least it has a nice grade and it’s not very technical.

We live to Pemi another day.

Time: 30:28:09
Moving Time: 9:55:26
Elapsed Time: 30:28:09
Avg Speed: 0.6 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 1.9 mph
Max Speed: 24.0 mph
Avg Moving Pace: 31:31 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 6,825 ft
Elevation Loss: 6,461 ft

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