Showing posts with label fire tower. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fire tower. Show all posts

Friday, August 28, 2015

Iron Mountain - Solo Hike

Shaka from the Iron Mountain summit

Iron Mountain (2,726 ft)
Elevation Gain: 800 ft
Miles: 1.6 roundtrip
Duration: 1hr, 15min (includes stops along the trail and at the summit)
NH 52 With A View
Difficulty: Easy to moderate


Another fine day to bag a NH 52 With A View summit! Although not much views at the summit, but there were views on the way to the summit.



A side path (0.6 mile) lead to a great outlook up the Rocky Branch Valley















While a ledge on the left of the trail at 0.7 mile, provided some eastward views.













Some photos along the Iron Mountain trail
(yes, I love photo collages!)



I didn't have time to check out the Mine or the south ledges beyond the summit. 
But I hope to be able to return to check those out when I can get a clearer day. 

Tagged!

Fire tower remnants at the summit

Clouds over the Presidential Range

After bagging the summit, I hurried back down to the trailhead and headed over to Cathedral Ledge to check out some newly bolted routes on a new rock climbing crag called Another Classoom. 4 other hikers and a dog headed up while I was coming down. And a group of 5 were out strolling up the dirt road past the trailhead parking lot as I was coming off the trail. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Kearsarge North - Solo Hike

Shaka from the summit of Kearsarge North!

Kearsarge North (3,268 ft)
Trail: Kearsarge
Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
Miles: 6.2 roundtrip
Duration: 4 hrs, 15 min (includes stops along the trail and at the summit for 30 minutes)
NH 52 With A View
Difficulty: Easy to moderately strenuous

I checked the weather report and today was the best out of the weekend for hiking. But I totally didn’t check the humidity levels! :( Having EIA (exercise-induced asthma) I really should pay close attention to the air quality index. But I was all gung-ho to get out and hike something short and easy (or so I thought) after last Saturday’s epic hike to the summit of Mt.Katahdin.

It started off easy enough but after about 35 minutes into the hike, I realized that it was more humid than I was thought it would be. I stopped to get a quick drink and thought about turning back….maybe head over to Mt. Stanton for shorter hike? But I was already here and figured so long as I kept pace, kept *nasal breathing and kept hydrated, I should be fine. On the other hand, if the humidity worsened, then I’d definitely turn back.

*I started "nasal-breathing-only" during exercise while on my Colorado trip and it does help. For starters it helps me relax and when I'm relaxed, I can keep a better breathing pace. I also find that I don't feel like I'm gasping for air or hyperventilating when nasal breathing. 1995 Study.

A couple came up behind me and we chatted for a bit. Found out we both have asthma but he forgot to bring his inhaler. I prodded along at my pace and the both of them would run past me, then stop and sit so he could catch his breath. I would walk past them as they sat resting and then they’d catch up and run past me again…then stop and sit so he could catch his breath. I passed them once more and quickened my pace and breathing as fast as I could comfortably endure. I wanted to get higher as fast as I could for cooler air. I finally made the summit in just under 2 hours and it was so much easier to breath! There were 3 other people there and tons of dragonflies! The air was still, not even a tiny breeze. But thanks to all those dragonflies, not one mosquito! Another hiker checked the temps for me…..80 degrees at the summit, it was 95 at the parking lot. I quickly took some photos, signed the log book and ate my lunch and chocolate zucchini bread. Only spent 30 minutes at the summit.

There were more folks coming up, but that couple never showed. After asking around, a couple of guys said they saw the couple headed back down to the trailhead. I hope he’s alright. Overheard the other 6 hikers that had come up behind me - it took them to 2 hours to ascend due to the humidity as well.

I’m calling this “easy to moderately strenuous” because I had a tough time breathing in this humidity.

Enjoy some photos I took on my hike!

My favorite parts of trails are slabs of granite!

More photos along the trail



Fire tower & log book

Chocolate Zucchini Bread









Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mt. Rowe, Gunstock & Belknap Mountains – Solo Summer Hike


Mount Rowe (1,680ft)
Gunstock Mountain (2,240ft)
Belknap Mountain (2,382ft)

Total Elevation Gain: 1,349ft
Trails: Ridge (White) Trail, Saddle Trail, Blue Trail, Brook (Yellow ) Trail
Distance: 4.5 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4.0 hours (includes stops at all summits)
Difficulty: Moderate

I bagged 3 more summits in the Belknap Range! I had put off peakbagging for 3 months to be able to take some AMC Rock Climbing courses. Today I wanted a hike that was an easy up and back down as I have more rock climbing the next day and  didn’t want to tire myself out with an 11-miler. I was expecting the Gunstock Mountain Resort to be empty, but I was wrong. There were folks walking around, swimming in the lake, and lots of folks on the Zip line. There were also folks taking the ski lift up to the summit of Gunstock and hiking down the Ridge (White) Trail.

That road up to Mt. Rowe was tough in the heat, it was hot with hardly any shade whatsoever! Now I know why I love winter hiking so much. I didn’t spend any time at the summit…..just  enough time to snap a few photos and then I headed out along the ridge toward Gunstock Mountain.

At the trailhead (2)

 Along the Ridge Trail

Cell Tower at the Mt. Rowe summit
The portion of the Ridge trail, just before the Yellow Trail junction,
is my favorite! I loved the open ridge and the views from it. 


 
That last portion of the Ridge trail (along the ski trail) to the Gunstock summit was steep.
Lots of loose gravel and soil made some spots slippery. At the summit I spent 20 minutes taking photos from the deck of the Panorama Pub and talking with the attendant of the Zip Tour. 



Along the Blue trail to the Belknap summit I met Bill of BRATTS
(Belknap Range Trail Tenders) who was raking the trail from the summit. 
At the Belknap summit a couple just left the tower so I had the
summit all to myself and spent another 20 minutes photographing,
and enjoying the 360 views and my PB&J sandwich in peace! 



Views from the Belknap Mountain fire tower (3)





On the way down, the Brook (yellow) trail crosses ski trails several times. I watched
as more folks came down the zipline above me hooting and hollering. I didn’t see any 
black  flies, but the mosquitoes were bad. I was able to hike the remainder in peace
with my head net protection. As I got to my truck, it started raining pretty hard. 
But it lasted only few minutes and the cool showers were a welcomed relief.

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