View Full Version : Meeting Some New Kinsmen - North and South Kinsman - 10/9/11

10-12-2011, 07:38 AM
We had an incredible day on Sunday hiking the Kinsmans. What a treat to get an October Indian summer day with great foliage colors and a place in the mountains with no crowds! The hiking was awesome and the views incredible. We also managed to make this into something of a loop hike and get in a couple of miles on new trails which was very worthwhile. You can read the blog post for the whole story just check out the pictures which tell it pretty well.

Here's the blog: http://theramblingsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/meeting-some-new-kinsmen-north-and.html

And here's a tiny sample of the views

Morning breaking on the Kinsmans as we drive up

Franconia Ridge over Lonesome Lake from North Kinsman

Late afternoon reflections in Lonesome Lake

10-12-2011, 07:50 AM
That last picture is spectacular Mark. What did you shoot it with?

10-12-2011, 09:19 AM
Great report, Mark. I clearly remember feeling hugely unprepared while ascending the Fishin' Jimmy Trail last November! The views are definitely worth it though! I've also thought back to the Kinsmans several times wondering if we ever reached the "true summit" of North Kinsman. I will have to return some day and make it to the lower summit ledges...missed them last time.
Awesome pictures and a beautiful day....thanks for sharing.

Snow Miser
10-12-2011, 11:40 AM
Beautiful photos Mark!!! Thanks for sharing.

10-12-2011, 06:05 PM
Bill - Thanks for the compliment. The camera is my trusty Canon SX130is point and shoot. I'm constantly impressed by what good images the current model cheap cameras can produce. In this case it was more mother nature providing the perfect light and conditions and being lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

Owen - I remember reading your report last November and wondering just how steep the ledges were on Fishin' Jimmy and Kinsman Ridge. Seems like that time before they are fully snow covered and just have a bit of snow or glaze of ice would be the worst. I definitely want to get back up there in winter though. As for the true summit - I know which rock you are talking about. I tagged it and kidded Nat about maybe climbing to the top since it was clearly the highest thing around.

Bob - Thanks. Always glad to hear that others are enjoying the journey.

10-12-2011, 08:25 PM
Thank you Mark, I really enjoyed that and what beautiful pictures!!!
How many miles did you two hike and how many hours did it take?

10-12-2011, 09:28 PM
I've seen a lot of "run of the mill" photos of the Lonesome Lake view, but none like the one you posted! Beyond awesome!

10-13-2011, 04:48 AM
Mark, you wrote that you used a GPS, is there a specific kind for hiking?

10-13-2011, 06:51 AM
Kathy - thanks, glad you enjoyed the TR and pictures. The hike turned out to be 11.5 miles with about 4000' of elevation. Doing the loop with Kinsman Pond trail and Cascade Brook trail contributed about 1.5 miles and a few hundred extra feet (would have been 10 and 3600' with a straight out and back). It took us 9-1/2 hours with plenty of time for summit sitting.

As for the GPS, I have a Magellan "outdoor GPS" that I got several years ago but don't really use anymore. The main difference for the GPS units to hike with is that they are ruggedized and at least somewhat weather proof and have topographic maps rather than the street maps used in the car units. I actually now use a GPS application in my Android phone called Backcountry Navigator. It's better than the dedicated GPS in that the maps that it uses have all of the trails in the Whites (my other GPS just has the terrain, no trails). Most of the units now have topo maps with trails available but since the phone app was only $10 and I have the phone with me anyway it's a pretty good way to go.

John - thanks so much for the kind words. It's so nice to be able to capture an image that mother nature is kind enough to provide and share it with others.

Berkshire Geoff
10-13-2011, 04:04 PM
What a great picture over Lonesome lake, I have always loved that view across the lake to the Franconia Ridge

10-13-2011, 08:10 PM
Mark, Thank you so much to take the time to answer my questions...