Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Some July Hikes and Long Hiking Expedition

Check out the videos I made of a couple hikes I’ve done this July!  I hiked Carter Dome, Willey, Field, and Tom, and the Tripyramids.

After these hikes, I did a solo multiple-day hiking expedition.  It was a great experience for me, and I enjoyed the adventure.  On my expedition, I peakbagged Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty, Flume, Carrigain, and then the Kinsmans.

Day 1:
I hiked around 1.5 miles up to Lonesome Lake Hut and stayed there for the day.  Unfortunately, there were storms forecasted for that day, so I decided not to hike the Kinsmans, which I was going to do according to my original plan.  During this first day of my expedition, I attended a presentation about the hut and what the hut croo (that's how they spell it) does.  For example, the presenter talked about the pack they use to carry food and other supplies to and from the valley.  Later that day, I also participated in a fun and informative game of White Mountain trivia.

Day 2:
I hiked around 1.5 miles down Lonesome Lake trail and then I hiked 2.9 miles up Old Bridle Path to Greenleaf Hut.  I spent the day there and enjoyed the view and the company.  Also, I attended a presentation which included information about the area (nearby peaks and trails) and how the White Mountain National Forest, botanists, etc. are trying to conserve plant life and protect the environment from hikers who step off the trail.  One detail the presenter, Miles, gave, was about how they are trying to build the scree wall to make it look more unappealing to prevent hikers from walking over it and trampling fragile alpine flowers.  For example, the trail maintainers sort the rocks in an upward, jarring fashion now.

Day 3:
I hiked 11.5 miles all in all that day.  My route was hiking up to Lafayette from Greenleaf Hut, then hiking over Lincoln, Little Haystack, Liberty, and Flume.  From there, I went down Flume, hiked on Lincoln Woods Trail to the parking lot, and then I walked to Franconia Brook Campsite from there.  I set up my own tent with help from my sister, Sage.  I asked her to hold things in place when needed, but I directed the setting up of the tent.  I put my pack in my tent when I finished and put my smelly belongings in the bear box provided at the campsite.  This was my longest day.

Day 4: 
I hiked 7 miles that day.  Day 4 consisted of a mostly flat route to my destination.  After around a few hours, I arrived at Stillwater Junction.  After that, I hiked 0.8 miles to the next intersection with Desolation Trail and camped around there, again setting up my own tent, situating my belongings, hanging up the Ursack, etc.  My hiking party, which used a different tent and camped in a different but nearby site, hiked Carrigain (Desolation Trail) and came back while I stayed at the tentsite.

Day 5:
On my last day, I hiked 7.1 miles.  I hiked Carrigain and went down the other side.  My mom and my sister, my hiking party, greeted me at the car (they hiked out a different route, and then drove to me) and picked me up from the trailhead.

Day 6 (not officially part of my expedition):  I went back and got the Kinsmans, completing my July Grid.

Here are some pictures from my expedition and summit photos from the Kinsmans:


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

June 2019 hikes: Carrigain, Tom Field Willey, and Cabot

We could only hike three days this entire month, since we are busy with summer travel, a WFR course (me), and Alpine Trail Maintenance certification.  We hiked Carrigain, Tom Field Willey, and Cabot three days in a row: June 17-19.

Sage put together the videos for Carrigain and Cabot.  Please remember that we are not trying to be literary geniuses or documentary film makers...we are simply documenting our hikes as a way of keeping track of our peaks.

For Tom, Field, and Willey, I went one way over the traverse while Mom and Sage went the other.  Here is the video for my hike.  You can find Sage's photos for her hike here.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

I'm Published in Appalachia Journal!

I am excited to announce that I am published in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue of Appalachia Journal!  My piece is called "Night Visions," and it is about the end of my solo one-day hike of the Pemi Loop.  I am grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity.  Many thanks to Christine Woodside, Appalachia's editor, for her support!

Please check it out

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Cabot, Liberty and Flume, 5/28/2019, 5/29/2019 Videos

Sage created and posted videos of our Cabot hike (5/28/2019) and our Liberty and Flume hike (5/29/2019).  We had a great time on Cabot, and the scenery was nice on Liberty and Flume.  Check out the videos of Cabot and Liberty and Flume!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Galehead, South Twin, and North Twin Hike

We hiked Galehead, South Twin, and North Twin (I got North Twin) on Sunday.  Sage is making a video of our hike from a compilation of all our pictures.  Please check it out on Sage's blog and on our YouTube Channel when she posts it tomorrow!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Colorado Aromatics Foot Butter, Cabot Video

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Colorado Aromatics gave us a couple of their Sole Pleasure Foot Butter products to review.  We applied the products to our feet before and after the hike, and we were very happy with the results.  The cream made our feet feel smooth and relaxed after application.

We hiked Mt. Cabot today, and we had a great time!  Sage filmed videos of our hike and the finished video is posted on our YouTube channel, Alex and Sage Hike the 4Ks.  You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCruLR3K4sY

Friday, April 12, 2019

YouTube Channel, Tripyramids Hike

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Be sure to check out our YouTube Channel.  The first hike that we posted on our channel was our hike of the Tripyramids.

YouTube Channel: Alex and Sage Hike the 4Ks

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Garfield on a Clear Day, 3/19/2019

Sage and I alternate documenting our hikes each week.  Check out Sage's blog for more trip reports.

Gale River Road, Mt. Garfield Trail, Garfield Ridge Trail
12.4 Miles Roundtrip
Around 3200 Feet of Elevation Gain

It felt like an average winter morning when I stepped out of the car to hike Garfield.  It was pitch dark, so we took out our headlamps, and I started the hike wearing a couple of layers.

Since the road is closed due to all of the snow, we had a 1.2-mile roadwalk to the trailhead.  Like it usually does, the roadwalk seemed to go by quickly, at least for me.

This is Sage and me at the beginning of the roadwalk.

Photo by Trish Herr

When we got to the trailhead, it was still dark, so I continued leading the way in the blackness.  We were surprised to see that the first few tenths of a mile of the trail had little to no snow.  There were just ice patches here and there in the beginning.

As we kept going, the snow became more and more plentiful, and soon enough, it was everywhere.  Also, it was refreshing and a relief when we no longer needed our headlamps.

Looking through the trees...

Up, up, up...

After maintaining a decent pace up the mountain, we arrived at the intersection near the summit of Garfield.  It was a beautiful day up there.

Photo by Trish Herr

Sage on Garfield:

Photo by Trish Herr
I was close to the summit tower foundation:

Photo by Trish Herr
There were beautiful views from the top.  My hands were getting very cold and I had difficulty taking photos, so I am including Mom's pictures on here.

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Photo by Trish Herr

Sage and me...

Photo by Trish Herr

The rest of the hike down the mountain was pleasant.  Soon enough, we arrived at the trailhead.  We just had the roadwalk to go from there!

Mom spotted a couple grouse on the roadwalk.  They seemed so content high up on those frail branches.

We had a great day!