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Acrophobe
11-01-2008, 10:18 PM
Yesterday, a man from my church with whom I've never been hiking invited me to go with him to Crawford Notch. Loving the mountains, I of course agreed unhesitatingly. After a late start (7:30, if you can believe that, near ten when we got to the trail), we set out on Webster Cliff trail, one I've never done. I wasn't expecting snow in October at such a low elevation (there was actually snow as low as the road), and so foolishly brought only leaky sneakers which all too quickly became totally soaked. After a while, the light, fluffy snow started to turn to wet ice covering steep rocky sections. A few spots were downright hairy - I certainly wasn't prepared for ice climbing. It was a lovely view, though, and the feisty wind at the top kept reminding us that we were in fact on a mountain, as if we could forget with all the lovely snow about. :)

We had planned to go out and back on Webster cliff trail, but the ice was so bad, we decided just to head straight down from Jackson and make up the difference on 302.

Anyway, photos.

First, the view from Webster: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/052.jpg

Next, my little traveling companion perched on the ice-covered sign: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/009.jpg

Here's a quick little snowman he made to celebrate the first snow of the season (t'was made in haste, and the photo taken in haste because my other traveling companion was looking at me funny :)): http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/027.jpg

The Mountain, of course. :) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/014.jpg

A few neat photos I took while walking back to the car: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/031.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/Geeeeeeek/030.jpg


And for my question. I was planning to try Washington this Saturday (better prepared, obviously :)) from the west side. What d'ya suppose is the driest trail? All I remember from the Ammonoosuc ravine trail is walking up alongside a waterfall. Pretty to be sure, but probably quite icy now. I suppose Jewel would be better?

mtruman
11-02-2008, 06:39 AM
Looks like you got thrown a few extra of the wonderful challenges that the Whites have a such a way of providing in the fall. Leaky sneakers and snow/ice - hmmmmm.... - sounds like fun :eek:

Beautiful shots from all the vantage points. The one from Jackson is great!

TrishandAlex
11-02-2008, 10:11 PM
Nice TR and pictures. Your hiking companion is a cutie. :)

CHRIS
11-03-2008, 09:40 AM
Thanks for sharing great pics.

KD Talbot
11-03-2008, 08:08 PM
And for my question. I was planning to try Washington this Saturday (better prepared, obviously ) from the west side. What d'ya suppose is the driest trail? All I remember from the Ammonoosuc ravine trail is walking up alongside a waterfall. Pretty to be sure, but probably quite icy now. I suppose Jewel would be better?

There are fewer water crossings on Jewell, but it is also exposed above tree-line for a longer distance. Regardless of which way you go you'll be in snow, probably wet snow. You will need some sort of traction. Not necessarily crampons, probably not snowshoes. It has been my experience that yaktraks and the like are junk. These are the best things out there for snow traction:

http://www.rei.com/product/774966

For ice you will definitely need crampons or risk breaking something. Bad move.

Expect full winter conditions. No sneakers on this one!

KDT