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    Default Mt Waumbek - 1/10/2009

    Hi!

    I haven't been on the forum in a long time! Life, family obligations, holidays, headcolds and house guests have kept us off the forum and off the trails for many weeks, it seems.

    Last Saturday, we decided that we HAD to climb despite the frigid temps. We opted for Mt Waumbek. In hindsight, we should have been out in the sun on a ridge somewhere. It was a gorgeous day with not a breath of wind.

    We had a wonderful walk, but at one point it's possible that I succumbed to the same fate as Alex (I think it was on Waumbek too). Tim had to pump me full of food and fluids as I was feeling really low by the time we returned to Mt Starr King summit. Either it was dehydration or else it was just "out-of-shape-ness". Not really sure. Since we only had to descend at that point, my spirits picked up regardless.

    I'm finding that we hit all the really low-hanging fruit last year with our winter 4Ks. The ones that are left on the list all look really daunting right now.

    Waumbek Trip

    Valerie

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    Your trip report brings back fond memories of this hike on a similar day. We met Tom and Atticus here. Between Starr King and Waumbek I got my first "spruce trap" experience. Went in right up to my chest. Struggled for a long time to get out. Emma found it hilarious. Wouldn't stop licking my face!

    I love the shot of Franconia Ridge framed by the trees.

    The corner store in Jefferson has the best pizza around! I can't pass through without stopping!

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    I just got done reading this and I think its an excellent report with great pics! Very, very well done. Though the remaining peaks seem daunting I'm sure you'll get them done.
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    Wow, your pictures are wonderful. Really nice TR!

    Sorry to hear you were beset with the same thing Alex experienced, but good to know you were able to resolve it quickly.

    Your pictures really are outstanding.

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    Great to see you guys back out there Val. Just a wonderful TR and photos. These are some of the most beautiful pics from a winter hike that I've seen. Looks like something out of a winter fairytail. Sorry you had to suffer through part of it but looks like all turned out well. Thanks for sharing.
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    Great day and great pics! Thanks.
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    Awesome pics and TR!!!! It looks so beautiful with the snow all over the trees! I love winter! The bird pictures are really cool too!!!
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    I agree with DangerGirl. I love the bird pictures. I've never seen a gray jay in person. Are they always that friendly or is it the lure of food?

    Thanks for the TR! All of the pictures are awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvtahike View Post
    Are they always that friendly or is it the lure of food?
    They are sometimes more prevalent at some peaks than others. They come right to you on the Hancocks and Jackson for instance.
    "LIVE FREE OR DIE...DEATH IS NOT THE WORST OF ALL EVILS." Gen. John Stark. "by reason of much foule weather and Extreme Bad Woods to travel in..." From the letter of my Great Uncle, Samuel Willard (accompanied by my grandfather Henry), to Governor Dummer on August 16, 1725, explaining the reason for his return, being instructed to "range all the country", of the Wawobadenik (White Mountains) July 19-August 16, 1725. I am a 13th generation New Englander and proud of it.

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    Jude has the Atlas Electra E-10. They are 23" and have a televator. Also, they have the one strap pull system. Just put them on and pull the strap. No fussing with the straps. The one drawback she has found is they throw a lot of snow up her backside, which we have never experienced with any other pair. The solution is a light, waterproof shell pant, but sometimes it's very hot when hiking.

    Jude tried the MSR Lightning Ascents and hated them for reasons she can explain better than I. She loves her Atlas'.

    I like my Lightning Ascents, but I have had the crampon break off on the summit of North Tripyramid which was a long limp out. They sent me a new one, but it didn't do me any good that day. Even if I had spare parts with me there was no way I could have made that repair in the field. I could barely get it done at home with the proper tools. The clasps were very tiny and hard to work with, especially with my calloused fingers. With their light weight the metal used for the crampon is sort of flimsy.

    If I were going to go buy a new pair today I would buy the MSR Denali Evo Ascents like Dangergirl. Similar to the Lightnings, but plastic body and sturdier crampon. I've noticed a lot of hardcore winter hikers choose these. If you buy them at REI you can use them and if you don't like them they'll take them back no questions asked.

    I've sort of resigned myself to the fact that snowshoes are going to wear out like hiking boots and I'll have to replace them every year or two.

    KDT
    Last edited by KD Talbot; 01-19-2009 at 01:22 PM.

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