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KD Talbot
01-15-2010, 05:09 PM
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On South Kinsman

North Kinsman 4293' and South Kinsman 4358'

Mount Kinsman Trail/Kinsman Ridge Trail

10.2 Miles 3550" Elevation gain

Kevin, Emma and Tim C


"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Albert Einstein

This was our 4th attempt for a winter summit of South Kinsman. In March of '07 Jude, Emma and I made it to the summit of North Kinsman but turned around in blizzard like conditions before reaching South Kinsman. A couple of weeks ago we turned around again when Jude didn't feel good. Last week Emma and I broke trail on the Mount Kinsman Trail through snow depths which varied from 6 to 18 inches. We got within a 1/4 mile of the ridge before I realized it was turn around time. I was exhausted and Emma was caking with ice so we had to settle on a trip to Bald Peak (Knob) (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/White-Mountain-Hikes/Bald-Knob-Mount-Kinsman-Trail/10893744_oV5DE#760411398_EqfrK) instead.

Last week our friends Tim and Val made it to both summits on the trail we had broken out finishing the last 1/4 mile of trail breaking before reaching the broken out ridge. Tim graciously offered to return and I thankfully accepted. As we drove north from their house we were treated to beautiful views of the mountains bathed in morning alpenglow as the sun rose. To the west the skies were dark making for wonderful contrast. As we drove up through Kinsman Notch we soon found ourselves under overcast skies that would remain that way throughout the hike.

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On South Kinsman by Tim C.

We parked in the still unplowed new parking area and started off, making good time to the spur path that leads to Bald Peak (Knob). The going was much easier this time. I thanked Tim for joining us and he patiently endured my quirks and many stops so that Emma could chew snow from between her toes. We made it to the ridge and then up to the summit of North Kinsman where I stopped to put on a dry shirt before we forged ahead into new territory. The hike over to South Kinsman went well and after summit photos we had a bite to eat before making the trek back to North Kinsman.

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On North Kinsman by Tim C

I thanked Tim again for making what must have been a tedious hike on a no view day so recently after having done this before. We spent most of the hike in good conversation and time seemed to fly by. We ran into a few other hikers stopping to speak briefly to each of them. As we began to descend from North Kinsman the sky began to clear a little but we had reached our goal and we weren't going back up for the views. As we drove away a look back at the mountains showed that we probably wouldn't have seen anything as the summits were still in a cap cloud.

Emma and I were glad to finally check this one off the list.

Photos here: (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/White-Mountain-Hikes/North-and-South-Kinsman-11410/10952994_PL8JH#765288512_YPBxa)

KDT

Snow Miser
01-15-2010, 08:36 PM
Wow, very nice photos and TR. With all that snow, it looks like you three had a really nice day out there. Thanks for sharing!

Charlie
01-15-2010, 08:46 PM
very nice trip

Anna LeBlanc
01-15-2010, 09:47 PM
Kevin,

You all look like you were having so much fun playing in the snow like little kids.Emma especially!

Thank you for another great TR and photos.You really seem to be enjoying your retirement;)


________

Anna

KD Talbot
01-15-2010, 09:52 PM
Can't wipe the smile off my face!

KDT

mtruman
01-16-2010, 03:48 PM
Can't wipe the smile off my face!


Nor should you! Great stuff guys (and Emma). Sometimes you do get different results if you try hard enough. Nothing so insane there. And clearly this must be a great hike since it is the third time Tim's done it in 4 weeks ;). Fantastic pics as usual. Too bad the clearing didn't happen just a little sooner. All these pictures of beautiful snow conditions on the mountains is not going to let me get much sleep tonight. Want to jump in the car and start driving now instead of waiting till morning...

Patrad Fischroy
01-19-2010, 11:35 AM
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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Albert Einstein

KDT

So if you do the same thing over and you get different results, are you still insane??

KD Talbot
01-19-2010, 03:57 PM
Are you asking me or Albert? :)

KDT

TrishandAlex
01-19-2010, 08:31 PM
Congratulations!! Glad the weather and conditions finally behaved for you.

Patrad Fischroy
01-20-2010, 08:40 AM
Are you asking me or Albert? :)

KDT

You, I suppose. If I got a response from Albert I would be concerned

KD Talbot
01-20-2010, 08:50 AM
I don't know, try again and see what happens.

I think we all know whether I'm insane or not. :eek:

KDT