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ow2010
11-22-2010, 11:42 AM
Hiked the Kinsmans yesterday via Lonesome Lake - Fishin' Jimmy - Kinsman Ridge and back. The weather was phenomenal...no wind and high visibility. I'm not very good at posting pictures on here, so here is the link to my blog entry.

http://opw9010.blogspot.com/2010/11/n-kinsman-7-s-kinsman-8.html

KSearl
11-22-2010, 04:40 PM
Very nice TR! I love some of the pics of the rime on the trees. Great job! The Kinsmans are definitely on my list!

Karl

mtruman
11-22-2010, 08:13 PM
What a fantastic way to get #7 and 8 Owen! I'm sure you were thankful for the Microspikes - pretty challenging conditions. The photos are gorgeous. Making me very jealous and anxious to get out in some snow and ice!!! BTW - I really like your blog. Had a hard time getting to the current post though with staring at the "cover photo" of Franconia Ridge (probably my favorite spot on earth) on a clearly amazing day.

I'm thinking that next July you should make Mt Washington your first repeat 4K. For Seek the Peak of course!

ow2010
11-23-2010, 12:36 AM
Thanks for the responses guys!

Karl - I would definitely recommend the Kinsmans...it was the most fun I've had in a while! A great challenge.

Mark - The microspikes were a life-saver. I can honestly say it would have been near-impossible without them. I'm glad you liked the blog, too. I've gotten pretty lucky with the weather for my hikes, except when I did Tom and Field.

Cheers.

mtruman
11-23-2010, 07:12 AM
I got my first trial of the new microspikes on Cardigan last January. The ledges above treeline were all solid ice. Felt like walking on dry rock. They're really amazing! Just don't trip or slip - could be a long slide :-O

ow2010
11-23-2010, 08:40 AM
It was my first time using any kind of spikes and I wasn't sure if I should fully trust them, but after about 10 steps I realized how awesome they were. Great product.
Only slipped once on the way down...luckily no steep ledges nearby!

Jimmy Legs and Little d
11-23-2010, 11:49 AM
Great blog, Owen. This time of year there's always a good chance of running into extremely icy trails until the snow falls providing a good base. I've never been a fan of crampons since they tend to be heavy and can tire your legs out during a long hike. They also can be overkill in some hiking situations. Microspikes are a life-saver.
Look forward to more reports.

Donna:)