Friday, January 5, 2018

Snowy North and Middle Tripyramid, 1/4/2018

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North and Middle Tripyramid
Pine Bend Brook Trail, Mt. Tripyramid Trail
9.6 miles round-trip
3,450 feet of elevation gain

Happy New Year!  We hiked the Tripyramids, starting our hike at 5:15 am to avoid the snowstorm that was predicted to occur later in the day.  There were no negative temperatures today, so that made the cold easier to deal with.  As usual, we put on our headlamps and began our ascent!

Please note: my phone went from 100% to 0% to 10% to 95% battery because of the cold, so Mom and I both took pictures just in case my phone would never be reliable.  Thankfully, though, it adjusted to the cold temperatures and started working properly.

Photo by Trish Herr
 Me looking crazy!

Photo by Trish Herr


Yes, it was dark...

Sage and I, wearing headlamps, hiking up the trail, with me navigating in front:

Photo by Trish Herr
 When the sun came up, I could see the beauty of the trail.  The plus side to hiking in the winter is the snow covers everything, and this makes all of a hiker's natural surroundings even more appealing.  A little later, it started snowing.

Then, Sage took the lead:

After what seemed like an endless incline, we saw the flat summit top of North Tripyramid!  Summit pictures:

Photo by Trish Herr

After drinking some delicious light eggnog, we hiked to the second summit...

On Middle Tripyramid, there were still no views, just clouds, but the forest was beautiful and everything was white.

Photo by Trish Herr

A beautiful view of nothing:

Photo by Trish Herr
By now, it had snowed for a while, so we all had a little bit of snow in our hair.  The density of the snowfall increased as we continued our hike.

Heading back to North Tripyramid...

Gray sky...

Once we got back to North Tripyramid, we had a really fun time on the way down!  We haven't been able to butt slide down peaks in a while because either the snowfall was too light or the incline was too slight.  Today, though, the conditions were perfect for some sliding.  Mom took the picture below of me whizzing away...

Photo by Trish Herr

Once butt sliding became impossible, Sage and Mom put on their snowshoes (I just carried mine), and we walked the last mile or so back to our car.

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Back at the parking lot...

Celebrating our snow-covered selves!  The hike was so fun today, and the peaks were lovely to visit as always.

I hope everyone is enjoying the snow!  I definitely am.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Mom's Birthday Hike: Moosilauke, 12/22/2017

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Ravine Lodge Road and Gorge Brook Trail
About 8 miles round trip 
Around 2,500 feet of elevation gain

Happy Birthday, Mom!!!  Her birthday was on the 22nd, and we started off the day by doing a birthday hike up Moosilauke with John (Myers).  We started hiking at 5:30 am to avoid the incoming snowstorm expected later in the day.

The trail was nice and packed out the whole way up, with very minor drifts near the top of Moosilauke.

The first part of Gorge Brook is pretty steep, but it gets more moderate as you continue.

Sage and Mom illuminated by my headlamp and by the light emanating from the early morning sky:

Sage and me coming up...

Photo by Trish Herr


Photo by Trish Herr
It was pretty cloudy, but the snow on the trees and the dark blue shapes in the fog were mystifying sights.

Perfect little snowy path:

There's the summit!

Bad hair day...

Sage and me getting layered up...

Photo by Trish Herr
Mt. Moosilauke and its fabulously orange summit signs!

Summit pictures...

Photo by Trish Herr
Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Happy Birthday, Mom!

A Pano of the top:

John brought cupcakes and we enjoyed them off the summit and out of the wind.  Thanks, John!

Sage, ahead of us, coming down...

Looking behind me...

Snowy blonde hair...

We had a great day!