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02-10-2007, 10:18 PM
To prove the old addage that great minds think alike, Peter Crane and I climbed Kearsarge North today with our wives. Neither of us had any idea the other would be there. As Jude, Emma and I began our decent, I recognized the familiar faces of Peter and Holly (I hope I got it right this time, Mrs. Crane) just reaching the summit. After a brief and cordial "How do you do" we went our separate ways.
Although there are great views of Mount Washington from this summit, there were none to be had today. As Peter pointed out, "George had his nightcap on."
It's always nice to run into MWO people, even if you can only interact for a few minutes. Pictures from the trip are posted here:
Nice pictures and please say hi to Emma for us. It is nice to see her out on another hike.
02-11-2007, 02:57 PM
Thanks Brad. Emma says "Yap!"
02-11-2007, 04:12 PM
What was the trail like? How much snow was on the ground?
02-11-2007, 05:24 PM
There was several inches of packed snow on the trail. Jude used her snowshoes, but it was definitely overkill. I hiked in just my boots, no special traction, and had no problem. There was some frozen crust at the very summit, but not on the trail. The trees were bare. Excellent weather, very light winds. Two hours up, one hour ten minutes down. I'm itchin' to get over 4000' though. Sickness and injuries have kept us down this year. There's still a lot of winter left, though. Emma eats up the trail like it's flat ground. Probably did the mountain twice yesterday. She's a little sore today, at seven she's passing us in dog years now.
Did you take the trail from Hurricane Mt Rd?
02-11-2007, 09:48 PM
Yes, we took the Mt. Kearsarge North Trail. Would like to try it from the other side, too, the Weeks Brook Trail from Rte. 113 in Chatham. Maybe this spring. We love Evans (Kevin's) Notch and like to camp at the Basin, which would be an excellent base camp for this trail. We have been doing and redoing the 4000 footers and missing these other great mountains, like Kearsarge North. Over the past few years we've been hitting more and more of these. Caribou, the Royces, the Baldfaces, the Moats, all excellent hikes under 4000' and in most cases every bit as challenging, and sometimes more challenging than some of the 4000 footers.
02-12-2007, 12:08 AM
Is the trail well marked? I have not done this mountain but it is on my list and Iwould likely be alone while doing it. So any tips would be great.
Thanks in advance.
02-12-2007, 03:53 PM
Like your site, by the way! Yes, the trail is very well marked. Of course, if there hasn't been any new snow it is quite easy to follow the packed trail. Weather forecast says major storm Tuesday into Wednesday, but this trail is so popular I have a feeling it will be packed out. The only place you may have some trouble is around two miles in you come to some ledges where there are few trees for blazes, but if you continue upwards and to your left (northeast) you will easily find where it reenters the trees. From there the trail winds around the northside of the mountain to the east before a switchback to the west where it ascends to more open ledges then another switchback to the east and up to the summit. From there the Firetower is apparent, unless you're in fog or whiteout! The trail never levels off. It climbs constantly, but is never steep. Good luck and as always we will expect a trail report and pictures.
02-12-2007, 09:34 PM
A trail report and pictures (from a new camera too) for sure once I get up there. I was going to shoot for tomorrow but if something went wrong it would not be the best weather to get stuck when the storm hits.
I just grabbed a new outshell jacket and EMS fleece to give me a couple of pealable layers as I tend to get a little too hot hiking with a Beans jacket. Also grabbed crampons. Any tips on walking in those? lol
Thanks for stopping by my site. I am glad you enjoyed it. I just added a slew of old 35mm pictures to it in the last few days.
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