2014 Hiking Log

This year's distance hiked: 321.86 miles (8.05 miles average)
This year's elevation gained: 97871.00 feet (2446.78 feet average)

Dec 07, 2014 : Mt. Liberty

Major peaks:Liberty
Trails:Liberty Springs, Franconia Ridge
Distance:8.46 miles
Elevation gain:3245 feet
People:Kaitlyn, Rik

Nov 23, 2014 : Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock
Trails:Marion Davis, Wapack
Distance:2.8 miles
Elevation gain:900 feet

Nov 16, 2014 : Franconia Ridge Loop

Major peaks:Little Haystack, Lincoln, Lafayette
Trails:Falling Waters, Franconia Ridge, Greenleaf, Old Bridle Path
Distance:8.9 miles
Elevation gain:4154 feet
People:Lon, Rik, Tim

Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014 : Appalachian Trail

Major peaks:Holts Ledge, North Moose, South Moose, Velvet Rocks
Trails:AT, Holts Ledge, Trapper John Shelter Spur, Holts Ledge, Moose Mountain, Moose Mountain Shelter Loop, Moose Mountain, Hanover Center, Velvet Rocks
Distance:21.1 miles
Elevation gain:4550 feet
People:Chris, Katie, Lon

Backpacking trip along the southernmost stretch of AT in NH.

Oct 05, 2014 : Sawyer Pond

Trails:Sawyer Pond, Rob Brook Road, Brunel, Sawyer Pond
Distance:9.26 miles
Elevation gain:1289 feet

I think this is the longest day hike I’ve ever taken Sarah on.

Sep 20, 2014 : Pemi East Side

Trails:Pemi East Side, Pine Island, Pemi East Side
Distance:5.7 miles
Elevation gain:381 feet

Sep 13, 2014 : Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock
Distance:3.2 miles
Elevation gain:1150 feet
People:Jay, Lon

Very fast hike. First time on this trail.

Aug 30, 2014 : Flume Slide Loop

Major peaks:Flume, Liberty
Trails:Liberty Springs, Flume Slide, Franconia Ridge, Liberty Springs
Distance:9.4 miles
Elevation gain:3764 feet

Cruised through this one. The slide was a lot easier this time than it was way back in 2006. It’s thru-hiker season.

Aug 24, 2014 : Devils Postpile

Distance:1.3 miles
Elevation gain:360 feet

Hike from Devils Postpile to Reds Meadow Resort.

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Aug 24, 2014 : Mammoth Mountain Summit

Major peaks:Mammoth Mountain

Hike around the summit area of Mammoth Mountain after taking the gondola up.

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Aug 24, 2014 : Inyo Craters

Distance:1.25 miles
Elevation gain:177 feet

Hike to Inyo Craters

Aug 23, 2014 : Ansel Adams Wilderness

Trails:Pacific Crest Trail
Distance:5 miles
Elevation gain:880 feet

The plan was to do a four day backpack, but we both got hit with serious altitude problems and turned back early.

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Aug 17, 2014 : Mt. Equinox

Major peaks:Equinox
Trails:Blue Summit Trail
Distance:5.4 miles
Elevation gain:2772 feet

I did not enjoy this hike, but it’s a hundred highest and a VT county high point.

Aug 10, 2014 - Aug 11, 2014 : Ethan Pond

Trails:Zealand, Ethan Pond
Distance:10.32 miles
Elevation gain:1332 feet

Backpacking trip with a stop at Ethan Pond Shelter. Sarah really enjoyed this trip. Thoreau Falls was very remote feeling.

Jul 27, 2014 : Temple

Major peaks:Temple
Distance:2.75 miles
Elevation gain:732 feet

Jul 20, 2014 : North Moat Loop

Major peaks:North Moat
Trails:Moat Mountain, Red Ridge, Red Ridge Link, White Horse Ledge, Red Ridge Link, Red Ridge, Moat Mountain
Distance:11 miles
Elevation gain:3467 feet

Rained on the way to the trailhead, but nothing ever happened while hiking.

Jul 19, 2014 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock
Trails:White Dot, Cascade Link, Red Spot, Pumpelley, White Dot
Distance:4.6 miles
Elevation gain:1800 feet

Did a lot of bouldering on cliffs off the Red Spot trail and especially just below the summit.

Jul 05, 2014 - Jul 06, 2014 : Long Trail

Major peaks:Bald Mountain
Trails:Long Trail, West Ridge, Bear Hollow
Distance:20 miles
Elevation gain:2400 feet
People:Katie, Linda, Lon, Matt

Everyone else started a day earlier, but I caught up to them at a campsite just below the summit of Bald Mountain.

Jul 01, 2014 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock
Distance:4.4 miles
Elevation gain:1766 feet

Jun 28, 2014 : Presidential Traverse

Major peaks:Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Clay, Washington, Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower, Pierce, Jackson, Webster
Trails:Air Line, Valley Way, Osgood, Gulfside, Air Line, Lowe's Path, Israel Ridge Path, Gulfside, Mt. Jefferson Loop, Gulfside, Mt. Clay Loop, Gulfside, Trinity Heights Connector, Crawford Path, Mt. Monroe Loop, Crawford Path, Mt. Eisenhower Loop, Crawford Path, Webster Cliff, Webster-Jackson
Distance:23.24 miles
Elevation gain:9915 feet
People:Lon, Rik, Tim

Complete Presidential Traverse in 15 hours 9 minutes. Felt good afterwards.

Jun 22, 2014 : Henderson Ridge

Major peaks:Nelson Crag
Trails:Tuckerman Ravine, Huntington Ravine, Nelson Crag, Alpine Garden, Lion Head, Tuckerman Ravine
Distance:8.8 miles
Elevation gain:3892 feet

Climb of Huntington Ravine via Henderson Ridge (5.4). Easy, fun climb but terrible bushwhack from the top to Nelson Crag.

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Jun 15, 2014 : The Beehive

Major peaks:The Beehive
Trails:Bowl, Beehive, Bowl
Distance:1.5 miles
Elevation gain:450 feet

Jun 14, 2014 : Cadillac

Major peaks:Cadillac Mountain
Trails:Cadillac West Face, Cadillac South Ridge
Distance:1.4 miles
Elevation gain:1475 feet

Wet, steep, and slabby

Jun 08, 2014 : Mt. Moosilauke

Major peaks:Moosilauke, South Moosilauke
Trails:Glencliff, Hurricane, Moosilauke Carriage Road, South Peak Spur, Glencliff
Distance:11.5 miles
Elevation gain:4392 feet

May 24, 2014 - May 25, 2014 : Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway

Trails:Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway
Distance:28.9 miles
Elevation gain:5850 feet
People:Lon, Sarah B., Tim

Backpack from NH 123 to Sunapee. I now only have the part between Nelson and 123 left for a complete north-bound through hike. I’d still like to do it all in one push, though.

May 18, 2014 : Mt. Adams

Major peaks:Adams
Trails:Valley Way, Sylvan Way, The Link, Lowes Path, Air Line
Distance:10.19 miles
Elevation gain:4644 feet

Trails were almost completely clear. Saw people coming up ravine trails, so those must be clear too.

May 11, 2014 : Chocorua

Major peaks:Chocorua, Middle Sister
Trails:Piper, Nickerson Ledge, Carter Ledge, Middle Sister, Piper, Westside, Piper, Champney Falls, Middle Sister Cutoff, Middle Sister, Carter Ledge
Distance:11.28 miles
Elevation gain:3873 feet

No bugs yet. Very little ice or snow on south-facing trails, but the brief part of Champney Falls I was on was completely iced over. This was yet another great redlining loop on Chocorua. There’s a whole lot of scenic trails on this mountain.

Apr 26, 2014 : Complete Wapack

Major peaks:North Pack Monadnock, Pack Monadnock, Holt, Burton, Barrett, New Ipswich, Pratt, Watatic
Distance:21.6 miles
Elevation gain:4800 feet
People:Lon, Rik, Tim

North to south through hike of the Wapack on a day where it rained almost the whole time. 11 hours. No snow.

Apr 13, 2014 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock
Trails:White Dot, Cascade Link, Red Spot, Pumpelley, White Dot, White Cross, White Dot
Distance:4.8 miles
Elevation gain:1800 feet
People:Linda, Lon

Apr 12, 2014 : Temple

Major peaks:Temple
Distance:3.8 miles
Elevation gain:700 feet

Still a fair bit of snow on north-facing slopes.

Apr 06, 2014 : North Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:North Pack Monadnock
Trails:Ted's, Cliff, Carolyn's, Ted's
Distance:5.9 miles
Elevation gain:1350 feet

Still lots of snow on the Wapack

Mar 16, 2014 : Osceolas

Major peaks:East Osceola, Osceola
Trails:Greely Ponds, Mt. Osceola
Distance:7.6 miles
Elevation gain:3232 feet
People:Rik, Tim

Great sliding again this time

Mar 10, 2014 : Willey Range

Major peaks:Tom, Field, Willey
Trails:Avalon, A-Z, Mt. Tom Spur, Willey Range
Distance:10.5 miles
Elevation gain:3766 feet

Mar 01, 2014 : Wildcats

Major peaks:Wildcat A, Wildcat B, Wilcat C, Wildcat D
Trails:Nineteen Mile Brook, Wildcat Ridge
Distance:9.15 miles
Elevation gain:3556 feet
People:Lon, Rik

Lon walked up and snowboarded down while Rik and I had to hike down the ski trails.

Feb 16, 2014 : Mt. Moriah Attempt

Trails:Stony Brook
Distance:7.2 miles
Elevation gain:2200 feet
People:Jakob, Tegan, Rik

Did not summit Moriah due to having to do a lot of trail breaking, but did make it to the ridge. This was Rik’s second failed attempt on Moriah.

Feb 10, 2014 : Pinkham Notch

Trails:Tuckerman Ravine, Old Jackson Road, George's Gorge, Crew Cut, Liebskind's Loop, Lila's Ledge Spur
Distance:2.2 miles
Elevation gain:510 feet

Did some more redlining. Made it to Lila’s Ledge and turned around.

Feb 09, 2014 : Pinkham Notch

Trails:Direttissima, Glen Ellis Falls, Wildcat Ridge
Distance:2.58 miles
Elevation gain:716 feet

Did a little redlining around Pinkham Notch. Direttissima was completely unbroken, which was fine until the very steep and rocky part by the cliffs. Sarah didn’t like the look of that part (I can’t blame her) so she waited for me to finish.

Feb 02, 2014 : Pack Monadnock

Major peaks:Pack Monadnock
Distance:2.8 miles
Elevation gain:900 feet
People:Linda, Lon

Jan 12, 2014 : Monadnock

Major peaks:Monadnock
Trails:White Dot, Cascade Link, Pumpelley, White Arrow, Pt. Surprise, Cliff Walk, Lost Farm, Parker
Distance:6.2 miles
Elevation gain:2213 feet

Very little snow or ice on this hike. Tim was skeptical about doing a good hike on Monadnock, but I think this one showed him it’s possible. We also managed to avoid most of the people.

Jan 05, 2014 : Cannon

Major peaks:Cannon
Trails:Lonesome Lake, Hi-Cannon, Kinsman Ridge, Lonesome Lake
Distance:5.88 miles
Elevation gain:2518 feet
People:Erik, Lon