Saturday, February 13, 2016

Lonesome Lake Hut Trip

Last week we spent the weekend backpacking in the White Mountains near Lonesome Lake with our friends Paul and Anne.  We stayed Friday and Saturday nights at the AMC hut of the same name.  We enjoyed great views, clear skies, phenomenal star gazing, and excellent company.

On Saturday we hiked up the Kinsman Ridge via the Fishin' Jimmy trail and we reached the >4000' peaks of both North and South Kinsman.  The trail was quite icy and we were glad that we brought along our micro-spikes, ice axes and also crampons for the steep sections.

The hut was very well equipped and provided all that we needed.  The unheated bunk-rooms were a good test of our new winter sleeping bags. Fortunately it was warmer that our last winter hut trip when we experienced record lows at the Zealand Hut (in 2015).

On Sunday we hiked up to the summit of Cannon Mountain via the Hi-Cannon trail.  This was steeper than the trails of the previous day and even had wooden ladders up some of the steepest parts.  Needless to say this was great fun in the snow and ice.  We were back home to our chalet on Sunday in time for tea and a hot shower.

At the trailhead on Friday afternoon.

Approaching the hut before sunset on Friday

 Starting off on Saturday's hike

 Paul on the trail

Time for a short break

Glad we came well equipped for winter conditions

The sun comes out after lunch

 Sheri & Anne near the summit of North Kinsman

At the summit of South Kinsman

Great views in all directions

 Back at the hut for Saturday night

Very comfy accomodations

Chocolate cake baked at the hut!

 Ready for another day of hiking

 Sheri shows us how it is done

 On the hike back to the car

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