12/12/15 – Iron Mountain

image imageWhile 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.


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Trip Report: Mount Hedgehog and Mount Potash 8/08/2015

Saturday I decided to visit some new mountains, working down the NH 52WAV list.
After dropping some friends off for a Tripyramids, Sleepers, Whiteface, Passaconnaway traverse, I drove over to Downes Brook and headed out to my first destination, Mount Potash.

The trail here is very gentle, with just a few easy ledges below the summit. I enjoyed the views for a while chatting with some other hikers before heading back to the car.
I had some snacks and water at the car and reviewed the map. My AMC map may be out of date, there’s some recent changes to the trails to Mount Hedgehog but I found myself there in short order, with the initial approach quite flat and runable.


looking back to Potash

After returning to the car I drive over to the Oliverian Brook trailhead and hiked in a mile or so and setup my hammock and waiting for my friends to make their exodus.
I’ll upload some GPS link tonight for those that use them.

I am looking forward to more 52 with a view adventures! 

Trip Report – Mount Isolation – 2/28/2015

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.

Trip Reports: I’ve been slacking

Wow, I haven’t gotten to writing a trip report in some time. I’m going to make a catch up post here, mostly just to share the GPS tracks, as I hope some find them to be of use.

Pierce and Eisenhower
Distance: 9.32 mi
Time: 8:08:41
Avg Pace: 52:26 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 3,290 ft

Lake out the Clouds Hut
Distance: 7.05 mi
Time: 10:39:13
Elevation Gain: 2,604 ft

Semi-Presi Traverse (Jefferson to Pierce)
Distance: 14.50 mi
Time: 11:53:12
Avg Pace: 49:11 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 5,019 ft

Mount Marcy and Mt Skylight – ADK46
Distance: 17.41 mi
Time: 13:01:28
Avg Pace: 44:54 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 4,525 ft

Flags on the 48: The Hancock’s
Distance: 9.52 mi
Time: 6:26:30
Avg Pace: 40:37 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 2,597 ft

Welch Dickey Loop
Distance: 4.76 mi
Time: 3:14:37
Avg Pace: 40:54 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 1,850 ft

Full Presidential Traverse (overnight at Grey Knob)
Distance: 20.37 mi
Time: 24:44:54
Elevation Gain: 8,842 ft

Trip Report: Owl’s Head 2-22-2014

I know, I’ve been slacking with my trip reports. In fact, I’ve been slacking with my winter hiking. Owl’s Head is my only winter 4k this year (so far). A friend of mine has been wanting to go there, so I decided it was time to check it off in winter. For no good reason, this was my 3rd trip to Owl’s Head. I’m not really chasing down the winter 4k’er list with much purpose, but Owls Head is probably one of the harder ones to get. Lets face it, there’s not much for views, no one likes to hike the wilderness trail, and it makes for a very long day. Now, I’ve taken a few different routes before, this time opting for the Black Pond/Brutus Bushwhack variation. We were on trail at Lincoln Woods for 7:00AM and made really good time to the turn off to Black Pond. I was really hoping that someone had broken trail after the previous weeks hike out to North Moat, where we were breaking trail with 22in of new snowfall. As it turns out, there was a few people out last weekend, some gave up, and 1 person made summit, so there was hope. During the week new snow fell, but not too much, or so we hoped.

From Black Pond the bushwhack remains relatively flat and was easy to follow magnetic north through the open woods. During non winter, going this low would probably mean swamp, but we enjoyed a semi broken out trail. In short order we popped out back on the trail right at the river crossing. Pressing on we had some views of our destination through the trees, including an interesting rock cliff I notified my climber friends about. Arriving at the last crossing before the start of the Brutus Bushwhack, we stopped to refuel. Here a smaller group of hikers came up behind us, they knew we were the AMC team out that day, and thanked us for breaking the trail out. One of them had been there last week after the big snowfall but hadn’t made the summit. It was nice to have some extra legs, because from here things got much harder. There was not much trace of broken trail at all here, and we had some 1500 ft to ascend still. Snow was waist deep and it was very slow going, needing 7 kick steps to make 1 in places. We had some VERY strong hikers on this team and although we might of been off course, we finally gained the ridge. Winds picked up and the temp dropped, but after some meandering through the forest, we arrived at the “new Owl’s Head summit. This being a wilderness area, no markers or the like are allowed, but there seems to always be something indicating the true top of this mountain. This time is was just the very top of a rock carin poking through the snow, and someone also did some wood carving.

We took out celebratory photos be began the long march out, combined with some great glissading back down Brutus.


Distance: 16.41 mi
Time: 11:27:55
Avg Pace: 41:55 min/mi
Avg Speed: 1.4 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,007 ft






Trip Report: North Moat Mountain – 2/15/2014

Saturday a few friends and I met up to hike North Moat Mountain. North Moat was a new hike for me, I wanted something easier due to the 22in of new snow, and it is also on the 52 With a View list. We all gathered at the parking area for Diana’s Bath and started out around 9. We immediately found it was going to be a slow going day, as the trail was not broken out. We hiked all day and finally reached the open summit, but not much for views today. Lots of good sledding on the way down. I lost my prized GOLITE headband along the way, if anyone finds it, please message me?!

Distance: 8.63 mi
Time: 7:42:45
Avg Pace: 53:38 min/mi
Avg Speed: 1.1 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,790 ft