Showing posts with label pinkham notch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pinkham notch. Show all posts

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Square & Whitehorse Ledges – Rock Climbing

Pinkham Notch, rock climbing
Square Ledge

Beautiful day for climbing! My buddy Geoff and I headed out to Square Ledge, Pinkham Notch’s local crag. You can see this cliff from the AMC Pinkham parking lot. Access is super easy from the AMC Pinkham Visitor Center – just park and cross the street (Route 16) to the Lost Pond trailhead. Cross over the wooden bridge, then turn left onto the Square Ledge Trail. Lots of tourists also headed to the top of the ledge to photograph the Ravines, Washington, Adams and Madison.  Afterwards we headed to Whitehorse Ledge where I got to lead the 2nd pitch of Sea Of Holes. Thanks for a great climbing day Geoff! Enjoy some photos taken of our day!

Hangover Rock

The face of Square Ledge

Thanks for the belay!

Gorgeous views of Pinkham Notch from 
the top of Square Ledge

Checking out Thriller Arete

At Whitehorse Ledge I got to lead the second pitch of Sea Of Holes. I gotta get used to climbing slab with all the gear hanging off me. Didn't even need it all considering I clipped into a piton and then I placed a .50 cam and then a #1 micro cam to the anchors.

At the anchor of P2 Sea Of Holes 
(I actually couldn't find the anchor at first. Started up to the tree on the
left as it had a sling and biner around it. Then I traversed back to the right
and after figuring out where to put my 3rd piece of pro, I spotted the anchors.)

Looking over to Cathedral Ledge

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Glen Boulder - Solo Hike

Shaka from Glen Boulder above Pinkham Notch!

Glen Boulder  (3,700ft)
Trail: Glen Boulder
Elevation Gain: 1,750 feet
Mile: 3.2 roundtrip
Duration: 3hrs, 20 minutes (includes stop along the trail and at the boulder)
Difficulty: Easy to moderately strenuous
Danger: Low to High (there are several water crossings, very slippery rocks, steep section, exposed rock scrambling, loose rocks along trail)

I almost didn't leave my house today because it was raining over it! LOL!

But I figured I’d just drive up north and check it out anyways. And I might as well since I was already packed. As I headed to North Conway, the skies gave way to sunshine and fluffy white clouds. I couldn’t believe how clear it was - weatherman wrong again! As I passed the Glen Ellis Falls trailhead I looked up and got a good view of the Glen Boulder and decided to give it a go. I had been curious about this glacial erratic for some time and wanted to see what it was all about. This would be a perfect short, steep hike to get in some rock scrambling and catch some good views. I banged a ‘u’ and pulled into the parking lot, almost full but with most folks heading to the Glen Ellis Falls.

Heading up the trail I was glad it wasn’t humid. I stopped often to take photos and to admire the trail below treeline. This may well be the trail I’d be traveling to summit Mt. Isolation one day.  Not too many folks on the trail as I made my way up. But once I got to the boulder, others started showing up. I spent about 40 minutes at the boulder eating lunch and taking photos and chatting with folks also eating their lunches at the boulder. On my way back down to the trailhead I passed more folks on their way up including a family of 4 with no hiking gear and lugging a gallon of Market Basket spring water. Near the trailhead it started to get really humid and sticky which momentarily annoyed me. But once I got to the trailhead and out from under the trees, it was less humid. So glad I finally made the hike to Glen Boulder…..a good day for it, I’d say!

**After my hike to the Glen Boulder, I decide to stop by the Iron Mountain trailhead just to make certain I could find it as I was planning to hike it in another week. Near the trailhead and at the fork, I had taken the wrong turn onto FR 325 instead of FR 119. So when I got to the end of FR 325,  I turned around. Back at the fork, I was just about to turn onto FR 119 and a large black bear came running out of the woods and across the street just 50 feet in front of me! So glad I always carry a can of bear spray! 

Enjoy some photos taken on my hike to the Glen Boulder!

Along the Glen Boulder Trail

There are several beautiful waterfalls along this trail. 
But I stopped at this one to try out my waterproof camera.
This "display model" cost me $30. I stuck it under water and it works!

Yay, the Alpine Zone, finally!! This is the part the trail leaves the trees and 
climbs over open rocks. The photo on the right shows a section of rock that 
might be a tad sketchy for those afraid of heights or not used to scrambling.

Yay, more rock scrambling!

Sitting behind the boulder overlooking Pinkham Notch.

Looking towards Gulf of Slides, Tuckerman & Huntington Ravines

Looking up at the open ridge crest from the boulder

Route 16 from Glen Boulder

Looking back down the Glen Boulder Trail

The Wildcats

A little better view of the Gulf of Slides

My chocolate zucchini cupcake

Side of the boulder that faces the Pinkham Notch

Monday, April 13, 2015

Huntington Ravine “The Fan” - Solo Spring Hike

winter, hiking, white mountains, Pinnacle, Central, Damnation, Yale, North, South

Huntington Ravine Floor (4,100ft)
Elevation Gain: 2,100ft
Distance: 5.2 miles roundtrip
Trails: Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine, Fire/Service Road

Not my usual hike to a summit, but above 4000 feet for sure. The Huntington Ravine floor, commonly known as “The Fan” was my destination for this morning. I had originally planned to hike this yesterday but today the forecast called for a sunny, deep blue sky day. 'The Fan' is a huge open boulder field below the headwall that spreads out like one of those old hand fans.  Normally you would have to navigate around, over, and in between some huge boulders in the scrub to get to the Fan. But the snow and ice make it easier to get around.

I was pretty surprised at the amount of skiers and boarders at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The parking lot was packed so I ended up parking on the side of the road just outside the entrance. Tuckerman Ravine Trail was packed with folks of all ages with downhill and XC skis, snow boards, sleds and butt sleds. Lots of dogs hike this trail to the ravine as well. Even on my descent there were folks hiking up. It was pretty cool to watch skiers come down the John Sherburne Ski Trail. I used information on Marc Chauvin’s website to plan my solo hike:

Crystal Cascade Waterfall from Tuckerman Ravine Trail

Tuckerman Ravine from the fire/service road

A peek of the ravine - Central Gully

First Aid cache just below the floor of the ravine

The mouth of Huntington Ravine

Yale and Damnation Gullies

Pinnacle and Central Gullies

Odell's Gully

South Gully

Escape Hatch Gully

Overall this was a great solo hike….well, not so much solo as Tuckerman’s Ravine Trail was packed. The snow was packed well but on my descent, with warm temps, the snow was a slushy and slippery mess.

I was blown away when I got into ‘The Fan’, the views were phenomenal! I was glad to experience the immensity of the ravine. There were climbers making their way up Damnation, Yale, Central and Pinnacle gullies and a few glissading down the Escape Hatch gully. I hiked the entirety in my ice climbing boots and I’m not ever doing that again. They are super stiff and my feet started aching ¾ of the way up. Anyways, hope you enjoyed some photos that I took of my visit to the Huntington Ravine floor! Here’s a short video from the ravine floor.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Full Moon Snowshoe Walk

Full Moon Snowshoe Walk
AMC Naturalist - Joe Dodge Lodge, Nicky Pizzo.
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center
Route 16, Gorham, NH
Location: 44.2885, -71.2258

I originally signed up for this for the month of February but at the last minute, changed my mind and signed up for the walk scheduled for yesterday. I'm glad I did, I really enjoyed the walk and found the games included to be very informative.

The group is limited to a maximum of  10 snowshoe's. And we were to meet up at the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Pinkham Notch by 7pm. I got there a bit early and got my credit card receipt and then went downstairs to the first floor where there were benches adjacent to the ski/board/snowshoe rental counter.  Everyone else was putting their snowshoes on and I, besides the Naturalist, were the only ones with backpacks. Even on a short hike I have to make sure I have water! We all gathered in a circle just outside the lodge doors. Nicky started off first introducing herself and then we all took our turns introducing ourselves and stating why were night snowshoeing. Before starting, Nicky asked for a volunteer "sweep".  In the meantime, I had made friends with Debra, a Conservationist with the state of Maine.

The walk was just that, a walk and not a hike. It was just under 1 mile but, as Nicky put it, she had a couple of activities that school-aged children enjoy and was sure that we adults would enjoy it as well.

Nicky used a headlamp with red bulb and it didn't interfere with our vision at all. But soon she turned it off so that we could hike in the moonlight. Unfortunately, the moon was behind clouds most of the walk. But you could still see very well! It was amazing how well and quickly my eyes adjusted to the dark. The trees were a dark gray/black but could easily be seen against the contrasting white snow, even in the dark!

Our walk took us through the pedestrian tunnel under Route 16 and continued along the trails on the west. As we went along Nicky explained the areas we were walking by. She also explained the cones and rods in our eyes for night vision. At one junction, we stopped for our first activity. Nicky passed out blank pieces of cards to everyone. She then passed out crayons to everyone and our instructions were to right down the name of the color of the crayon we thought we had without actually looking at its name on the side of the crayon. Mine looked Red, so I wrote Red. She collected the crayons from everyone and had us tuck our cards into a pocket.

Our second activity was "smell me"! She passed out little scent containers and asked each of us to smell our container, then to find someone else in the group who had the same smelling container. This activity was fun and we each found 2-3 other group members with containers with the same smell....I had coffee! Nicky went onto explain about our sense of smell being heightened when our ability to see lessened.

Afterwards Nicky stopped our group to talk about the Barred Owl. She did call out for one to see if we'd get a response, but no luck. The last activity Nicky had for us to cover one eye and with the uncovered eye, we stared at a lit candle. She then blew out the candle and had us switch eyes and then look around. It was obvious that I could see much better in the dark with the eye that I had covered to begin with. At the end of our walk we stopped in the pedestrian tunnel to look at our cards. I had chose Red and was correct!

This was a really nice walk and I had only wished the moon was out. I also wished I had taken better photos. For me, it was hard to get any night photos without a tripod! 

But what I really enjoyed about this walk, was that it was my very first snowshoe at night and in snow! With my vision reduced, I relied more on my senses of smell and hearing. It was nice, for a change, to stop and just take it all in....enjoying the sensations of nature in a completely different way than I would during a day hike.

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