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: 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: Mount Lafayette 5/27/2013

My original plans for Memorial Day involved a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, but cold temps and rainy weather caused me to check down to doing some day hiking. After some warm up hikes in the rain and sleet the days before, we awoke Monday to clear skies and a good 8 inches of snow had fallen above 3500ft. We set off to hike up Mount Lafayette, a 5,249-foot mountain at the northern end of the Franconia Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We took the Old Bridle Path, which was in decent shape. We encountered one blow down below Greenleaf hut, but other than that the trail was clear. As the temperature rose, the snow began to melt, fast! We stopped for a break at the hut, and then set out on the soggy trail to climb the last ~1,000 feet to the summit. I brought a new toy with me on this hike, a Prism Stowaway Diamond Kite!

It took a bit of work, but it did fly, and survived the few times when the winds smashed it back to the ridge as well. Clear skies and good company, it was a great hike!


Distance: 7.86 mi
Time: 8:14:38
Avg Speed: 1.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,747 ft


Trip Report: Mount Carrigian 3/16/2013

Mount Carrigain is a hike that I would do over and over again. The woods here are very pleasant, the trail is gradual and well designed, and the views from the summit tower are amongst the best in the White Mountain National Forest. The took the normal route, srarting where route 302 meets Sawyer River Road in the town of Livermore, NH. As normal in winter, Sawyer River Rd is gated, adding some miles to our day. There is a trail that exits the winter lot by the trail-head sign, and eventually rejoins the road, which is how we started out, but it was a post hole mess. We cut up to the road and hiked that down to the summer trail-head. We were passed by a few cross-country skiers, and several snowmobiles. We quickly noticed the trail has have several re-routes since the damage from Hurricane Irene. The first few miles are a long approach along the Whiteface Brook. until the junction with the Signal Ridge trail, which has been moved about 1/4 miles from where it once was. After sorting out some route finding, we began the switchback ridden ascent to the ridge. We made great time and the skies were beginning to clear. We finally came out on the exposed bit of Signal Ridge and were awarded some fine views, and layered up for the final push into the trees again and up to the summit tower. Once on the top we took some photos, had a brief lunch, and chatted with some other hikers that got there bit earlier. We made great time on the way out, never once had to change out of our Microspikes all day! The river crossings were not bridged, but were easily manged by hopping on rocks.


Distance: 14.60 mi
Time: 9:30:16
Avg Pace: 39:04 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 4,341 ft

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Gear Review: Garmin GPSMAP 60cx

Do you hike in the White Mountains? Do you want GPS tracks for almost every trail, for free?

I use my GPS for almost all my outdoor adventures. When I am hiking, it makes a good fallback/compliment to a map and compass. I also use it to record tracks of my adventures, so I can track my activities throughout the years. If someone wants to go to a place I have been to, I can share the track or lay it over a topo map on the website for them to work with. I’ve had a number of units over the year, and currently I use the Garmin GPSMAP C60cx. This unit allows me to upload detailed topo maps and import and export tracks and way-points from my laptop. I upload most all of my tracks the the Garmin Connect website, this allows me to easily share my tracks, as well as run reports on my activities, and it stores them online so if I ever have a computer failure, they still exist somewhere.

In addition, when I am planning a new adventure, I often search the internet for others tracks to assist in route planning. You can search for your planned activity with the keywords GPX GPS TRACK ROUTE, and usually come up with something to use. A good resource to use is Wikiloc as well. Sites such as EveryTrail and Trimble Outdoors have a ton of user submitted trips one can browse and download. This link has almost every trail in the White Mountain National Forest as a GPX file!

There are a number of detailed map products you can purchase such as the Garmin TOPO products, or you can look online for free maps. A good site I use is GPSFileDepot, which has a wide variety of maps, some with trail data etc.

There is a site called OpenStreetMap that allows you to get some map data free for garmin products.

If you don’t have the money or need for a full on GPS receiver, you can utilize your smartphone as well, my favorite app is MyTracks.

Garmin Foretrex 301 GPS

The streamlined Garmin Foretrex 301 GPS sports a powerful new high-sensitivity receiver and a smaller design than its predecessor for easy wrist-top navigation.

Garmin GPSMAP 62stc GPS

The robust Garmin GPSMAP 62stc offers all the features of the GPSMAP 62sc, plus preloaded TOPO 100K mapping.

Garmin Montana 650t GPS

The waterproof Garmin Montana 650t GPS is big, versatile and tough. It features a large touch-screen display , preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps and a 5-megapixel camera.

Garmin Oregon 450 GPS

With a 3-axis compass, enhanced display, incredible map presentation and geocache gaming and a vivid display, the Garmin Oregon 450 delivers a versatile and fun GPS experience.

Garmin Oregon 450t GPS

With a 3-axis compass, enhanced display, touchscreen interface, spectacular trail mapping and geocaching, the Garmin Oregon 450t offers a fun and easy GPS experience.

Garmin eTrex 10 GPS

The compact Garmin eTrex 10 GPS gives you quick and easy GPS functionality at a great value. It’s perfect for geocaching and hiking.

Garmin eTrex 20 GPS

The Garmin eTrex 20 GPS features an full-color display, expandable memory and geochaching to offer a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

Garmin eTrex 20 Topo GPS Bundle

The Garmin eTrex 20 Topo GPS bundle combines the eTrex 20 GPS with a TOPO U.S. 100K preprogrammed card, case and PC cable.

Garmin eTrex 30 GPS

With a 3-axis compass, full-color display and geocaching, the compact Garmin eTrex 30 offers a fun and easy GPS experience for outdoor enthusiasts.

Garmin eTrex 30 Topo GPS Bundle

The Garmin eTrex 30 Topo GPS bundle combines the user-friendly eTrex 30 with TOPO U.S. 100K mapping, 1-year BirdsEye subscription and a handy carrying case.

Trip Report – Mount Belknap, NH 1/13/2012

Today I went and took a short hike in the Belknap range to finish off the New Hampshire Fire Tower Quest program. The Overlook trail (orange blazed) follows some cross-country ski trails for a bit before entering the woods and ascending to the col between Belknap Mountain and Gunstock Mountain. It would normally have some really nice views on the way up and from the fire tower on the summit, but it was extremely foggy today.  The Belknap rage is quite enjoyable, and the Belknap Sportsman clubs offers a patch to anyone that hikes to the summit of all 12 peaks on the range. Someday I hope to try this a single day. While plotting out the route, I decided to send a few geocaches to my GPSr in hopes the trail may bring us by some. The one geocache we found was just near the summit, about 1/4 mile off trail. I hadn’t read the description beforehand, so I was quite surprised when after a few minutes of bushwhacking I came across the wreckage of a small passenger plane. More info on the plane crash cane be found here: NTSB information



GPS/GPX link

Distance: 7.17 mi
Time: 5:22:03
Avg Pace: 44:54 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 1,710 ft

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Here is a map I am working on, I combined as many GPS tracks as I could.

belknap map


Here is a map with the trail blazing colors – very helpful. Thanks MBP!



New England Hundred Highest – Mount Nancy, NH

It’s been awhile since I’ve set out to chase down another peak on the New England Hundred Highest list, so with a Sunday free and clear I decided to get out to the White Mountains. This was my 80th/100. Mount Nancy, elevation 3927ft, is located in Grafton county New Hampshire. There is no official trail to the summit, but there is a maintained trail from NH302 up to Norcross Pond, and a herd path direct to the summit from there. When doing my pre-hike information gathering, I found many trip reports and even a GPS track to follow, so I felt well prepared. Knowing it would involve some bushwhacking, I decided to go with a smaller pack. The trail begins on the eastern side of NH302 and quickly climbs to Nancy Pond at around 3,000ft, then continues on to the official trails terminus at Norcross Pond.

The trail begins on an old road of sorts, with a very gentle grade, and gets more difficult as time goes on. After a short while and several water crossings, some of which might be quite difficult at high water, I arrived at Nancy Cascades. It was running very well thanks to some rainfall in the day prior, and I spent some time here taking photos. From the cascade the trail meanders up and around to the top of the falls and steeply climbs to meet Nancy Pond, and eventually Norcross ponds. There were many sunken bog bridges between the falls and the ponds. Once arriving at the outlet of norcross pond, there is a path directly over ones right shoulder when looking at the No Camping sign. I followed this path and it soon came to a junction, to the right is a very nice campsite, to the left, the “unmaintained” trail that very steeply climbs to the summit of Mt. Nancy. Rain was threatening all day, but we did get some very nice views from the outlook.





Distance: 10.11 mi
Time: 7:33:48
Avg Pace: 44:54 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 3,210 ft