Showing posts from January, 2011

Mount Major - Winter Hiking

Mt. Major (1,780ft) 
Trails: Mt. Major and Brook Trails
Elevation Gain: 1,150ft
Distance: 4.8 miles roundtrip
Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Weekly winter hike with the New England Over 50 Meetup group. Expansive views of Lake Winnipesaukee from the top. 

Lake Winnipesaukee in the background.
Local Hawaii girls atop Mt. Major

Stonehouse Pond - Ice Climbing

Wore a borrowed pair of mountaineering crampons but I kicked my way to the top. Grant it, it was my third try, but for my first day out climbing on a vertical ice wall, I did it! The climbs were exhausting but I was so happy that I was making my first ice climb. Growing up in Hawaii I never dreamed I would be ice climbing. Yet here I was, at age 51, celebrating yet another milestone in my life.
Kellie Barr-Foster, organizer for the New Hampshire Rock Climbing Meetup group, is no stranger to Stonehouse Pond. She has been climbing the Barrington, NH crags for many years, organizing many group climbs as well.  Kellie organized today's climb on the "Moss Slab". This single pitch is 30 feet high and about the same width. It's separated from and set off to the right of the "Main Cliff".

Since I didn't have mountaineering boots or crampons, I met up with Kellie at her climbing barn. Anthony and Mark were already ahead of me gearing up. Kellie and I take the sam…

Rumney Ice - January 2011 Photos

Spent a couple of hours hiking along the "Parking Lot Wall" of the Rumney rock climbing area taking photos of the different ice flows. If you recognize any of the flows, please email me so that I correctly label them. Thanks!

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Three Ponds Trail - Winter Hiking

Located in the village of Rumney, NH is Stinson Lake. Our hike took us along the Three Ponds Trail to the shelter (1,750') above the middle pond. The elevation gain was 450' and the roundtrip hike was 4.8 miles. 

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The hike up to the pond shelter took about 2 hours... we made frequent stops so that the 'Doc' could catch her breath. These short stops gave me the op to shoot random photos of the landscape around us. It also made me more aware of our seclusion. Against the conversation between Steve, Doc and Jess was a calm stillness.

On our way up the Fish & Game Warden passed us on his snowmobile forging the trail for us. The snow was fresh and with each step our feet sunk into the soft trail. We crossed wooden bridges and split-logs over several streams.

The Adirondack shelter is located on a small knoll overlooking the middle pond. For lunch I had my usual PB&J sandwich accompanied with a homemade cookie that Jess brough…