Monday, December 10, 2018

A Cold Day on Cabot, 12/8/2018

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Bunnell Notch Trail, York Pond Trail, Kilkenny Ridge Trail
9.6 miles round-trip
2,400 feet of elevation gain

We hiked Cabot on a really cold day (yesterday). It was -8 degrees at the trailhead.  We had a great time hiking with Nick and Elle (and their parental units, Carl and Amy). These kids are impressive; they only have two more hikes to complete before they finish their round of New Hampshire’s Four Thousand Footers.

As soon as I stepped out of the car, I felt the rush that frigid air brings to one's head.  My nose immediately felt stiff.  My spirits heightened when I met the lively group of Ella, Nick, Amy, and Carl.   

The sun rose and the day brightened, slowly but surely.

Sage and I soon transitioned from wearing Microspikes to wearing snowshoes.  Snowshoes make my feet cramp, but they are quite helpful for packing out deep-ish snow.

We all focused on ascending the peak.  Time seemed to fly on this is a picture of the scenery from the viewpoint.  It was gorgeous!

The ends of my hair have faded to a subtle green color.  Snow coated the very top layer of my hair that day, also.

Looking up...

Inside the Cabot Cabin:

After grabbing a swig of liquid, we headed up to the official summit of Mount Cabot.

Summit selfie with Sage!

Group photo:

Amy having a snack:

My fingers and toes were freezing off on the way down from the summit!  

All in all, we had a great time hiking Cabot with Ella, Nick, Amy, and Carl.

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