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bikehikeskifish
01-20-2012, 10:30 PM
Continuing the theme of north/south peaks (Tripyramids, Kinsmans, and ...) we come to the Hancocks. Today I got to hike with Whichway and Delilah (again) and with Paradox. Delilah seemed to remember that I was eating salami yesterday, or maybe she just got used to me. A delightful POWDER DAY greeted us, beginning in the parking lot where there was one car (from reports I can now deduce it was Bryan) and we found the trail lightly broken out. We ran into Bryan and Cynthia at the loop split and thanked them for breaking trail.

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Hancock Notch Trail, Frozen Hancock Branch and Hitchcock (I think)

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Paradox, Arrow Slide on Hancock (North Peak)

The snow went from 3-6" in the overlook parking lot to about 4-8" by the Hancock Loop and then probably 10-14" between the peaks. First time I did them, there was so much snow, I had to crawl between the peaks for 100 feet at a time. There was plenty of snow to justify snowshoes, but not so much that we had to crawl.

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View to South Hancock, Delilah and Whichway on North (lookout)

The outlook on North was relatively calm, wind-wise, and fairly sunny. Some blowing snow and up-slope clouds filled the air with fluffy light particles,, making for somewhat reduced visibility, but adding to the winter magic :D

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View from South Hancock Outlook, First crossing (in)/Last crossing (out)

The wind was blowing good when we stopped on South Hancock, so the outlook there offered respite as well as nice views. After a final fueling up, we snowshoe skied our way down from South, and then went into git-r-done mode until we emerged on the Kanc. The snowshoe track is in great shape, and no further traction is required at this time.

All photos (https://picasaweb.google.com/102470229665583617112/Hancocks20120120#)

Tim

mtruman
01-21-2012, 11:03 AM
You've sure had a good week Tim! Great to pick a week that cooperates for a (presumably) winter vacation. Sitting here in RI now watching the snow fall and wishing I was in the mountains...

bikehikeskifish
01-21-2012, 07:45 PM
Actually Mark, I lost my job when my company's VCs pulled out their support (no more company :( ). I have a new one lined up for 2/6, and I plan to hike as many peaks as possible before then.

Tim

KathyC
01-22-2012, 07:38 AM
Your pictures are beautiful. Good luck with your new job!!

mtruman
01-22-2012, 07:48 AM
Sorry to hear that Tim. Best of luck with the new job. In the mean time enjoy all the great hiking. At this rate you could have a SSW48 polished off by the end of the month!

bikehikeskifish
01-22-2012, 07:50 PM
At this rate you could have a SSW48 polished off by the end of the month!

That thought had crossed my mind ;) A lot of driving though and I need to branch out to the further ones.

Tim