Monday, October 14, 2013

Artist Bluff - Rock Climbing

A laid-back day, relaxing with friends and enjoying good climbing fun!

Fall climbing is one of my favorites and it was a treat to spend the day enjoying the fall temps and foliage of Artist Bluff in Franconia Notch! The "Bluff" is known for its moderate climbing routes and beautifully textured granite.

Kellie set up one top rope on the "Little Mona Lisa" cliff. We used that one rope to climb 4 different routes. Next to the cliff is the Bald Mountain-Artist Bluff Trail. There were many hikers coming down the trail, many stopping to watch us as we climbed! From the top of my climb, I'd call out and wave to the folks making their way down the trail. We offered a lot of folks a chance to climb, but all of them declined! LOL!  My digital camera was passed around that day so enjoy some photos taken by everyone, myself included, as well as Tammy Shennett! 

The day before I bagged the summit of Mt. Passaconway. Stayed the night at Steele Hill Resorts and the next morning this was the view! Low clouds covering Lake Winnipesaukee with the Belknap Range peeking above. I hiked that entire range earning my Belknap Range Hiker Badge!

It rained a bit but then it cleared up and we had sun for climbing the rest of the day!

 Echo Lake

 Profile and Echo Crag covered in low clouds

 What's a climb without some "posing fun!"

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mount Passaconaway - Fall Hiking

Mount Passaconaway (4,043 ft)
Elevation Gain: 2,950ft
Trails: Dicey’s Mill
Distance: 9.2 miles roundtrip
Duration: 7.5 hours (include stops along the trail for posing, and at lookout and summit)
My 4000+ Peaks #28
Listed 4000+: #4
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Danger: Medium (some steep sections)

For a 9.2 mile round trip hike, this sure was mellow! Another hike in the beautiful Whites! Enjoy some photos taken on this hike.  .  . photos take with my iPhone!

The signs at the trailhead parking lot
We parked in the trailhead parking lot on Ferncroft Road and
followed the gravel road to a gate. I just love this sign!! :) 
'Shrooms on a tree
Well-maintained trail!

Bearing Trees are important for locating property corners and boundaries
 Gotta love this trail sign!
At the Wonalancet River crossing
One of many steps on this well-maintained trail
Trail construction
One of many portions of the trail with slabs
The lookout ledge
. . . . and the summit . . . .

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