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.

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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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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