View Full Version : Funny trampings around the Rockpile

09-01-2010, 07:41 AM
Every once in a while I start to get an itch about a certain type of hike or area or thing to do (for example Hurricane Earl gets me thinking about surfing). I'd been hankering for some time above treeline and wistfully imagining a sunny day with low winds above treeline. I know it's a bit of a fantasy, but one can dream right?

So I first plan to climb Mt. Washington with my boys IF the weather looks like it is going to be perfect. As the week rolled in it was looking dicey, but possible. Then one of my sons got sick and the weather was not cooperating; time for a scrub. But wait....

Maybe I could fit in a Thursday Night and Friday traverse of some of the Presidentials. Thursday was set to be a bit cloudy and rainy, but Friday was looking good. OK so off I go, leaving from work early. My plan was an ambitious evening from Pinkham Notch up the AT, a loop around Crew Cut and Liebskins Loop and then back to Old Jackson Rd for a climb up Madison Gulf Trail. This would have all been great if I didn't then get the nausea that my son had....I made the loop, saw Lila's Ledge (and got this nice shot)


I couldn't eat or drink, so I knew that I was done....back to the car I went.

After a nice mellow day on Friday and Saturday, I headed back to finish....well something. I arrived at Pinkham at 10:30pm Saturday Night and headed toward Boott Spur. 50 feet past the Avalanche sign a racket sets up in the woods to my left. Two moles were having a battle royale and they didn't care that I was taking flash pictures and watching....


The salamanders were just watching the whole thing....



Wow 3 wild animals and I was only 50 feet into the trail! Night hiking is great. I made my way up the trail and once above treeline, I turn off the light and hike to the top using moonlight. Fortunately the spur was on the leeward (non-windy) side of the mountain and I had an easy hike to the Davis Trail. The fog was surrounding only the summit cone so the hike to the cone was easy and provided nice views down into the valley. The fog on the cone was so thick that I couldn't see the cairns on the way up and compass navigated to the parking lot. I then followed the paths from memory to the top. As I crossed the Cog tracks the full brunt of the wind slammed into me.

This was fun. I spent some time on the deck playing in the wind, sort of like the video they have in the museum where the Obs people are serving tea in the wind. Next I went underneath to get out of the wind and have "lunch". Today was a sunrise drive and I left before the cars came.

I had the genius idea to take the route over Ball Crag instead of heading toward Jefferson (into the wind) and found that between the wind, the footing and the fog I wasn't going anywhere safely. I headed directly East and down for a few hundred feet to get out of the wind. I sheltered under a rock and took a long rest. As I headed toward the Alpine Garden I could see the cars headlights sweeping the sky at the turns on the auto road.

Unfortuanately for the drivers, they couldn't really see sunrise, but I could.....




Wind was whipping all morning and even the walk through the Alpine Garden was unsteady. Down Lions Head and home by 9:30....a great hike in spite of the weather.

PS If anyone can tell me why my embedded images from Picasa don't work here...well that would be great.

09-01-2010, 09:23 AM
Great report and pics. Sounds like a wonderful hike. As for the pics not showing I really cannot help you with that one. Thanks for posting.

Snow Miser
09-01-2010, 12:36 PM
Nice TR and photos Bill. Looks like it was a good hike. Thanks for sharing.

As for the photo issue, it looks like you inserted the link for the entire web page that contains each photo. What you want is the link for just the photo. Then paste that into the Insert Image option. For example, here's what your first photo would look like with the proper link.


I don't use Picasa, so I'm not sure where things are, but there is usually a very quick way to grab a photo's link. Or if you are using Firefox, simply point to a photo itself, right click and select Copy Image Location. Good luck!

09-01-2010, 12:44 PM
I tried that, but it came up as an x when I previewed it. Clearly you got it to work!!!! So I must be getting fooled by the preview version before I post....so now I'm going to test the theory....



09-01-2010, 12:45 PM
hmm that didn't work, I'll try this

<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hO0X_fYWzo2rruZLZ0geTA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_YG17xib3hdU/TH4xAKIcKjI/AAAAAAAAAkU/U-mrps_aaFw/s144/GEDC1639.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/billmahony/MtWashingtonViaBoottSpur?feat=embedwebsite">Mt Washington via Boott Spur</a></td></tr></table>

09-01-2010, 12:47 PM
I've figured it out! I'll send my pictures to Bob!...why can't I do something so simple? Oh look if I just read the directions more carefully it works. Thanks for the help Bob.

Snow Miser
09-01-2010, 12:50 PM
Your welcome!!! Often times, you can pick different size photos to display too.

09-02-2010, 07:41 AM
Great TR and pics. This is definitely a unique way to see the rockpile. As for the pics, I use Picasa too. As Bob said the best way is to actually right click on the pic and select "copy image URL" or whatever is appropriate depending on which browser you are using. Unfortunately Picasa is not as good as most of the other photo sharing sites in making it easy to get a link to a photo through the app and particularly not at different resolutions. They do store the image at multiple resolutions though and the easiest way to access them is by resizing the browser window that you are viewing Picasa in until you have the size photo you want and then do the right click copy URL thing. You will actually see the resolution in the URL (in this case the s640 before the file name indicates the image width) -


The main thing is you need to paste the link in on the forum page using the Insert Image button which wraps the URL in "[IMG]" tags. Sorry if that's a long winded explanation. It was worth it for me if it gets more of your great pics into future reports. ;)

It actually would be a good idea to put this into a sticky thread in the photos forum for others for future reference. I know that there are lots of other tips from people that use the other photo sharing services, etc. Perhaps I'll start that when I have more time tonight...