Gaiters vs. Crampons in an Epic Battle: Osceola + East Osceola via Greeley Ponds Trail 02/15/2010

Today, I hiked the 7.6 mile round trip up East Osceola and Osceola peaks via Greeley Ponds and Osceola trails from the trailhead off the Kancamagus Highway.  The first 1.3 miles is a gentle grade up Greeley Ponds trail.  All the stream crossings were simple – no trouble when the water is frozen.  At 1.3 […]

Some Days Are Just Perfect: Winter Hiking Mt. Chocorua via Champney Falls & Piper Trails 01/23/2010

I hiked the very popular Mt. Chocorua on Saturday under clear skies and temps in the 20′s.  Champney Falls and Piper trails were very well packed out from top to bottom.  The last bit to the summit is bare rock, over which I wore crampons to get comfortably to the top.  Many others were wearing […]