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Old 01-05-2012, 09:01 AM   #1
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Shout out if you enjoy hiking the Whites and give some details on your experience and favorite spots!

Been going year round for almost 2 years working on the NH48. Got 38 done with 7-8 repeat mountains. Still got the 3 Bonds, 2 Wildcats, Isolation, Cabot, 2 Carters, and saving Jefferson for last. Favorite hike so far I would have to say is Mt. Adams via Lowes Path to Kings Ravine to Great Gully to summit. Trail has such variety and the boulder field on Kings is unreal. Steep climb up the waterfall on Gully is fantastic also. For pure scary factor my favorite is still Huntingtons Ravine up Washington.
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Shout out if you enjoy hiking the Whites and give some details on your experience and favorite spots!

Been going year round for almost 2 years working on the NH48. Got 38 done with 7-8 repeat mountains. Still got the 3 Bonds, 2 Wildcats, Isolation, Cabot, 2 Carters, and saving Jefferson for last. Favorite hike so far I would have to say is Mt. Adams via Lowes Path to Kings Ravine to Great Gully to summit. Trail has such variety and the boulder field on Kings is unreal. Steep climb up the waterfall on Gully is fantastic also. For pure scary factor my favorite is still Huntingtons Ravine up Washington.
I havent done many mountains, or go as often as id like, but i enjoy hiking in the whites. Sun or snow! I think i actually like snow better.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:35 AM   #3
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Spent a week up there last summer. The weather was perfect (I think visibility from Mt. Washington was 115+ miles)

Unfortunately I beat the crap out of my knee on the way down, then decided it would be a good idea to hike up Middle Sugarloaf the next day (hey it's only a 2.5 mile trail, how bad could it be? .... )

So then I spent the rest of the week hobbling around the campsite working on my tan

I'll be back next year though, it was still the best vacation I've ever taken.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:55 AM   #4
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I havent done many mountains, or go as often as id like, but i enjoy hiking in the whites. Sun or snow! I think i actually like snow better.
After hiking every season, 50+ mountains, and over 380miles of trail I can honestly say I much prefer winter climbing also. Something about the harsh brutal beauty of terrain covered in snow and subzero temps.
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After hiking every season, 50+ mountains, and over 380miles of trail I can honestly say I much prefer winter climbing also. Something about the harsh brutal beauty of terrain covered in snow and subzero temps.


Pic i took last year somewhere on Moosilauke. (Might be spelled wrong).
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:21 AM   #6
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Pic i took last year somewhere on Moosilauke. (Might be spelled wrong).
Nice! Moosilauke is one of my favorite hikes, been up in the summer fall and winter. Beaver Brook Trail is fun and steep with nice waterfalls. The top is treeless and has arguably some of the best views in the whites.

I will post up some pics tonight when I get home from work.
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Nice! Moosilauke is one of my favorite hikes, been up in the summer fall and winter. Beaver Brook Trail is fun and steep with nice waterfalls. The top is treeless and has arguably some of the best views in the whites.

I will post up some pics tonight when I get home from work.
I was only up it that one time, and you couldn't see anything once we got above tree line. But i didnt care because the cascades and everything else was so beautiful and covered with a few inches of fresh snow. It more than made up for the lack of view. The whole way up we were the first foot prints in the snow, was kinda cool. Ran into people @ the summit, they came up the other way. Glad they were there, they took a group pic for us.

But down by the falls, if its icy, its damn scary going down. i had a pair of micro spikes on, but was still sketchy. Awesome non the less.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:55 PM   #8
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I love hiking the whites. I only started a couple years ago and was instantly hooked. Only have done about a dozen of the 48 but I'm taking it slow and steady. Winter hiking is probably my favorite as well, there's just something so peaceful and serene about it. I need to get back up there, last hike was Tecumseh at the end of October during the snowstorm.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #9
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I've only done a few hikes in the area and want to do a ton more. Tripyramids, Mt. Jackson, Kearsage (firetower), and a few around Washington are all I've done. With the subpar snow thus far, I anticipate spending more time hiking than skiing. I just need some better fitting boots - the Zamberlands (sp?) I bought give me blisters.
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I haven't done much up in the Whites yet, but will probably start soon. I was up at Kearsarge North a few weeks ago up to the fire tower and visibility was good. Washington was the only place I could see snow. I'll be hiking some trails a bit closer to me (Manchester, NH) soon. As soon as I'm confident enough, I'll go for broke and hit Washington straight in via Huntington. Of course, I'll wait until summer for that. I don't have any ice climbing gear .
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Ive climbed the two highest peaks in Maine!
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Ive climbed the two highest peaks in Maine!
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Ive climbed the two highest peaks in Maine!
Ive done the highest peak and highest point (2 different spots) in CT, and 2nd highest peak in MA. (The highest point in CT is part of the 2nd highest mountain in MA, you just cross into MA b4 the peak)

Highest i've done in NH i think was Layfayette. (One of the Top 5 or so in new england, i think)

Done nada in Maine.... Yet!
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Ive done the highest peak and highest point (2 different spots) in CT, and 2nd highest peak in MA. (The highest point in CT is part of the 2nd highest mountain in MA, you just cross into MA b4 the peak)

Highest i've done in NH i think was Layfayette. (One of the Top 5 or so in new england, i think)

Done nada in Maine.... Yet!
Lafayette is part of my second favorite overall climb in te white. The 10 mile loop that takes Falling Waters up to Little Haystack then an awesome ridge treeless ridge crawl from Little Haystack, over Lincoln, to the top of Lafayette, then back down to the parking lot. I'm chomping at the bit for a little more snow and a beautiful day up there so ai can check it out in the winter.
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I haven't done much up in the Whites yet, but will probably start soon. I was up at Kearsarge North a few weeks ago up to the fire tower and visibility was good. Washington was the only place I could see snow. I'll be hiking some trails a bit closer to me (Manchester, NH) soon. As soon as I'm confident enough, I'll go for broke and hit Washington straight in via Huntington. Of course, I'll wait until summer for that. I don't have any ice climbing gear .
Washington I feel is very overrated unless you are looking for sheer difficulty or want to do some technical rock/ice climbing. The crowds of people that are always there just ruin it for me. I would much rather hit up Mt. Adams right next to it which is the second tallest, 1/50th the crowd, offers an awesome climb and actually has a hair more vertical gain than Washington.
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Took this on top of Cannon on 1/2/2012




Lonesome Lake on the way up Cannon taken the same day.

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When I moved up here in '97, I did a ton of hiking on many, many trails. Working for the AMC made that easy, and then having an awesome hiking dog encouraged me to get out a lot as well. I never bothered to document everywhere I hiked though, as that wasn't important to me. Then I got really into mountain biking, and when my dog got too old to hike (he was put down 2 weeks ago at age 17), the hiking got phased out. Now I only go for short hikes every once in a while, and usually only when the weather is good for taking photos. I'll no doubt start hiking more when I get my next dog.
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Lafayette is part of my second favorite overall climb in te white. The 10 mile loop that takes Falling Waters up to Little Haystack then an awesome ridge treeless ridge crawl from Little Haystack, over Lincoln, to the top of Lafayette, then back down to the parking lot. I'm chomping at the bit for a little more snow and a beautiful day up there so ai can check it out in the winter.
Ive done that loop twice. Once in the snow, once in the spring.

I also did an overnight 26mile hike that went up Garfield then onto Lafayette, across the whole ridge then mt Flume, then back down to were we parked. I did that in early May two years ago. Wouldnt have been too bad but we ran into a lot of snow in between peaks. Prob 4+ ft in some spots and constant post-holing made it Very tiring.
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Washington I feel is very overrated unless you are looking for sheer difficulty or want to do some technical rock/ice climbing. The crowds of people that are always there just ruin it for me. I would much rather hit up Mt. Adams right next to it which is the second tallest, 1/50th the crowd, offers an awesome climb and actually has a hair more vertical gain than Washington.
You're right about the crowds. The one time I was at the top of Washington, I drove. I felt guilty being there along side people who spent the better part of the morning climbing. I have a climbing buddy who has done most of the presidential range on multiple occasions and he's really getting me back into the hiking. I vote for a NESIC climb/hike day in the spring/summer this year.
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I vote for a NESIC climb/hike day in the spring/summer this year.
I was thinking the same thing. But maybe make it a regular thing rather than a one time event.

Say one weekend a month over the spring and summer, that way people who can't make a particular event or feel that the route would be out of their league don't have to miss out completely.
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I was thinking the same thing. But maybe make it a regular thing rather than a one time event.

Say one weekend a month over the spring and summer, that way people who can't make a particular event or feel that the route would be out of their league don't have to miss out completely.
I would def be down for something like that!
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Done 12 of the NH 4000' peaks myself in the summer and fall. Moosilauke in November 2010 was by far my favorite hike. Still waiting for enough snow (and a free weekend) to try it in the winter.

Might go to Monadnock tomorrow as a tune-up "winter" hike.

My next free weekend is the end of January.

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I would def be down for something like that!
Sounds good. Being that I rarely get weekends off, they can't yell at me for taking 1 a month. I'll also post here ahead of time if I'm going up for a winter hike in the area, that way others can join if they'd like.
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I haven't done much hiking in the White Mountains but I frequently hike Town and State forests here in Southern New Hampshire. Mostly at night.
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I haven't done much hiking in the White Mountains but I frequently hike Town and State forests here in Southern New Hampshire. Mostly at night.
I've been meaning to try more night hiking. I only tried it once, but that was when I climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan. In that case, it's the only way to climb .
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