Tag Archives: New Hampshire

Not Much Skiing to be Had? Time for a Hike

The time was ripe for a nice weekend hike two weeks ago. Prior to the big storm we just got in NE, the snow situation was getting a bit depressing.

We picked our target-Cannon, and packed for a two-day stay on Fraconia ridge.  We started the hike along with a big group decked out in the latest and greatest REI gear, and set out at a steady pace for the AMC hut at Lonesome Lake.  When we reached the Lake about an hour later, there were a number of other people gathered, like us, excited to be there.  We could see the hut just peaking out from the trees across the lake. read more


There, I’ve said it: snowliage.  That’s precisely what it was, and why we were there.  We saw some pretty ripe leaves, some frosted peaks, and some blue skies and generally spent some quality time in the mountains getting stoked for the snow season!  Eye candy was produced in abundance. read more

Tucks and Lion’s Head Trails

The objectives were two fold: peep some leaves and get in another more pre-season conditioning climb up a big mountain.  The weather was essentially horrendous, with visibility approaching nil at the summit and winds gusting in the 60s, to say nothing of the driving rain.  Despite the inclement weather I was rewarded with a few glimpses out of the Ravine and across the Notch.  These are the ones that made the cut: read more

Fall Fun

A few weekends ago, Ziehl, his friend Annelise and I headed off to the Sandwich Range for a short hike and some ski recon.  We decided to tackle Osceola and see if we could get a close look at the slides running down toward the Kanc on the North face of the mountain.  The ski recon turned out to be a total flop: once at the top, we found ourselves totally socked in with only 100′ or so of visibility.  We could probably have bushed-whacked to the slides using Backcountry Navigator for bearings, but the undergrowth was so thick and the visibility so poor that we scrapped that part of the itinerary.  We would have had to trample all sorts of alpine plants and probably still not get a great look at the objective.  The rest of the hike was pretty nice though, and Ziehl documents it here. read more