Not much time to hike this weekend, but with the warm weather and clear skies today I thought I'd best get out.
Thought it might be fun to huck the long glass up South Pawtuckaway and maybe get a few shots of Portsmouth and Mt Belknap...
Bear Brook has two Adirondack style shelters that I know of, one at Smith Pond and one ... lost.
Actually, a fair number of people know where it is, but there is no trail and it is not mapped.
I hope it stays that way ...
Slow getting started this season, partly the weather but mostly just lethargy ...
But I finally found myself headed north to Bartlett this weekend.
Pretty dubious about conditions on the ground once I got there; I had wanted to do some brushwhacking but the snow wasn't really deep enough to float over the rocks and snags.
And the river crossing I had in mind - forget it. Nowhere near frozen enough.
Decided I'd go up Black Cap. I didn't feel particularly ambitious, but seemed like I should do something.
I wasn't that excited about Black Cap, I've been up it quite a few times. It's a nice enough mountain, actually excellent, but in summer & fall it's almost a trivial walk.
Winter, however, is another story.
Wonalancet Range Trail -> Walden Trail -> Old Mast Rd
I've shaken my head more than once at some of the easily avoidable situations people get themselves into.
But every once in a while I do something dumb, not by accident you know, but to remind myself of the value of humility ...