Friday, November 16, 2018

Quick trip to Cambridge, UK

Earlier this week Bruno was able to visit the city of Cambridge during a business trip to the UK. These photos are from an early morning walk around the town on what turned out to be a beautiful autumn day.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

My Shaw (NH): First winter hike of the season

Today we enjoyed a bracing hike to Mt Shaw and Black Snout. These are two of the northern-most mountains in Southern New Hampshire (that is, they are in the middle of the state). Mt Shaw is on the "52 with a view" list, and we were not disappointed.

Zealand frolicked in the snow and we enjoyed his company. He carried his own water, kibble, leash, bowls etc, so he is nearly ready for a solo overnight backpacking trip!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Presidential Traverse (August 2018)

Back in August we helped to organize a traverse of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire.  This above treeline hike is a little over 30 miles long, so we decided to take two days and stay at the AMC Lake of the Clouds hut overnight.  We were joined by Bill, Kim, Don, Anne, Mike and Denise.

We started at 5am from the northern trailhead for Mt Madison (by headlight), and took in Mts Adams, Jefferson, and Washington on the first day.  We arrived at the hut very tired and with only about a minute to spare before dinner was served!  On the second day we enjoyed clear views from the summits of Mts Munro, Pierce and Jackson.  Our feet were very sore by the time we got back to the car at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch.

August Visit from the Hancocks

Its time to catch up and blog on some activities from the summer......

Back in August we were listed by cousin Michael Hancock and his family (Margaret, Alex & Charlotte).  It was a warm weekend, so we explored the local sites and spent a nice afternoon at the beach in Watch Hill.  The kids enjoyed swimming, but it was a bit too cold for the adults!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fall Colors

A great weekend for autumn colors in New England. Glad we got up early for a walk.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Tripyramids, rock slides, and Zealand's first 4000' summit

On Saturday the weather was clear and warm, so we decided to do a classic White Mountain hike/scramble over the Tripyramid range.  We had been eyeing this hike for several years!

The hike departed from Waterville Valley to the south and ascended North Tripyramid via an open rock slide. Once on the ridge it was an easy hike over Middle Tripyramid to the South summit.  Then, we had to descend another rock slide to get back to the valley and our starting point.

This was a big hike for our fury friend Mr Zealand.  He had never hiked above 4000' and he had never been on a rock scramble like this before.  The biggest challenge was getting over the big steps in the rock, and staying cool on an exposed sun-baked south facing rock slide.  We kept him well hydrated and were able to give him a helping hand in a few places.  Overall, he did really well and he still had a spring in his step when he got back to the car (which is more than can be said for the older two members of the party!).

Getting onto the slide

An endless expanse of granite above

Reaching the top

On the summit ridge

Heading back down

A cool spot to rest on the way down

Views in all directions

Hiking buddies

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hiking to Celebrate July 4th

For the July 4th holiday we celebrated with two hikes in the Sandwich Range in the southern part of the White Mountains (NH).

On the first day it was forecast to be blisteringly hot, so we were on the trail by 6am!  We hiked the Carter Ledge Trail ("Terrifying 25") to the top of Middle Sister ("52 WAV"), and then returned by the Middle Sister Trail.  We were lucky to have the summit to ourselves for over an hour before we saw any other hikers.  Zealand was able to navigate the rocky ledges without any problem and we were back at the car by 1pm.  This was a good thing because the temperatures reached over 100F by mid-afternoon and we were happy to be able to rest-up in the shade.

On the second day it had cooled down to the 80s, so we decided to tackle Mt Chocorua ("52 WAV") via the Brook Trail ("Terrifying 25").  Again, the rock ledges were a lot of fun and Zealand took them in his stride.  We saw many other people at the summit but still found a quiet spot out of the wind to take a nap.  The views were spectacular and we could see many miles in each direction.  On the way down we followed the Liberty Trail and explored the Jim Liberty Shelter as we passed by.

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