North Pack and Beyond

February 14, 2010 at 7:45 PM | Posted in Hikes | Leave a comment

Snow is thin on North Pack today. There is ice on the steeper sections, but it was good to be on the summit.

Looking west to Mt. Monadnock

We headed south toward Pack Monadnock, but time was short so we reversed direction in the saddle.

There was a nice view to the north as we descended North Pack.

View to the north as we descend North Pack

We were on the trail for 2:23. Minor delays caused by ice on the ascent. Lunch (for both of us) on the top.

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Franconia Ridge Hike – June 2009

June 28, 2009 at 7:03 PM | Posted in Hikes | Leave a comment

Madeleine and I hiked the Franconia Ridge from Mt. Lafayette to Little Haystack in late June, 2009. Our route to the top was via the Old Bridle Path trail. We stopped for a quick lunch.

Lunchtime on the Old Bridle Path

Lunchtime on the Old Bridle Path

We reached the Greenleaf Hut after an amazing hike up the ridge to 4200′. There are no pictures because we were hiking in fog.

Madeleine at Greenleaf Hut

Madeleine at Greenleaf Hut

Now, the AMC huts aren’t exactly what you might expect when you hear “hut.” Besides being dry (we were in the cloud at the time), there is very good food, light, and running water.

Madeleine reading in the Greenleaf Hut.

Madeleine reading in the Greenleaf Hut.

The next morning, we headed for the summit of Mt. Lafayette. Conditions were poor. Visibility was 200 ft and winds were gusting to 60 mph.

Madeleine is at the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

Madeline is at the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

Leonard at the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

Leonard at the summit of Mt. Lafayette.

From the summit, we headed south along the Franconia Ridge. The view was limited.

View from the Franconia Ridge to the west.

View from the Franconia Ridge to the west.

We reached the southern end of our trip along the ridge at Little Haystack.

Madeleine at Little Haystack

Madeleine at Little Haystack

From there, we headed down the Falling Waters trail to complete our loop.

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Vacation 2008 – Seattle

March 29, 2009 at 8:01 PM | Posted in Travel | Leave a comment

Well, this is a bit late. But…

We started and ended our vacation in Seattle visiting Christopher and Nell. Day 1 was a trip to Snoqualmie Pass. This is a very nice area with high peaks and great views. We attempted to hike to Snow Lake. The trail crossed a snow field that we decided might not be safe, so we turned around. As we returned, a rescue party passed us headed up the trail to find a hiker with fractures of his hand and leg.

We spent time in Seattle and took the ferry to Bainbridge Is. The Underground Tour was entertaining and interesting. The quick version is that after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the city decided to rebuild first and raise the level of the streets later. Raising the level of the streets was desired because the city had been built just above sea level. The City filled in the streets by putting up walls on the street side of the sidewalks. Once the streets were filled in a sidewalk was put between these walls and the front of the buildings. The result is that buildings have tunnels running around them under the modern day sidewalks.

A Tunnel On the Underground Seattle Tour

A Tunnel On the Underground Seattle Tour

For light, the sidewalk had glass bricks installed.

These panels let light into the tunnels of old Seattle.

These panels let light into the tunnels of old Seattle.

Christopher took us to a Mariners game.

Nell and Christopher at the Mariners Game

Nell and Christopher at the Mariners Game

Lauren, Madeleine, Trish at Mariners Game

Lauren, Madeleine, and Trish (l-r) at Mariners Game

Christopher used to live in the Fremont area where there is a restaurant with a rocket ship attached, a statue of Lenin, and a troll under the north end of the Aurora bridge.

Madeleine and Lauren on the Fremont Troll

Madeleine and Lauren on the Fremont Troll

Of course, we went to the Pike Place Market.

North Pack – April 2008

April 13, 2008 at 11:49 PM | Posted in Hikes | Leave a comment
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The Wapack Trail south from Mountain Rd. was a mix of mud and snow. A few patches were slippery. As the photos indicate, very little snow is on the top. Not much of a view today as there were clouds and snow was coming down hard at times.

Monadnock is out there.
This is the view to the west. Nothing much to see on this cold and snowy day.

Many trees have been damaged during the long, snowy and icy winter.

Many needles and branches have been pulled from the trees.

Here is a view up the trail from near the bottom.

North Pack – March 2008

March 30, 2008 at 8:32 PM | Posted in Hikes | Leave a comment
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North Pack via the Wapack trail was a bit busy today. The snow was moderately deep but clumped on my crampons. Found a cell phone at the base of the trail and returned it when I met the owner near the top. I continued south past the peak onto the Cliff trail for a view to the South.

View south from the Cliff Trail near the top of North Pack Monadnock.

Back at the peak, Monadnock was largely snow covered.

Mt. Monadnock from North Pack Monadnock

It was a beautiful day. I hope to go back up next weekend.

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