New Blog Devoted to Peakbagging the New Hampshire 48 4,000 Footers

I’ve started a new blog devoted to peakbagging (climbing to the summit of) the 48 4,000+ foot mountains in New Hampshire.  I want to hike them all at least twice – once in whatever season, plus once in winter. For me, there’s something about blogging that helps me stay focused on a goal. http://nh48.wordpress.com I’ll […]

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 […]

Crampons and an Ice Axe

I picked up Black Diamond Contact Strap crampons and a Black Diamond Raven Pro ice axe at Expensive Mountain Stuff today.  EMS was having a sale, and I’m thinking Chocorua might be very icy at the bare, exposed summit.  So, I’m prepared.  I have an ice axe for self-arresting if I fall, and full crampons […]

The Cone of Silence: Sandwich Dome via Drakes Brook Trail 2010/01/09

Despite some recruiting efforts, I ended up doing a solo hike up Sandwich Dome yesterday.  I followed Drakes Brook Trail in and out, 4.4 miles to the summit according the AMC book.  As it turned out, I was the first one on the trail.  This meant I was “breaking trail”, in the sense that although […]

Mt. Tecumseh Is Summit One of the Winter 48

There are two recognized New Hampshire 48 4,000 footer lists: climbing them all period, and climbing them all during winter.  The reading I’ve done suggests that Mt. Tecumseh is the easiest of the NH 4,000 footers to bag in winter.  Well, it’s done, my wife with me, in a pretty good snowstorm.  One down, forty-seven […]