Champing at the bit all week with the clear weather; walks in Bear Brook were great but just not enough to satisfy the hunger for some views.
Not to mention the bugs are starting to get aggressive around here.
So with Saturday looking stellar I planned to head north. Reports of snow, mud and monorails made the higher summits less interesting. The interior Belknaps have been on my mind a while, particularly after a bruised tendon last fall shortened a hike out to West Quarry mountain. A new trail map available for the Belknap range added a bit more enticement.
From the camp we can see the SE ledges of Mt Langdon - very scenic ledges, striped from the leaching of minerals (so I've heard, anyway - geologist I am not). I've been looking at Mt Langdon for 3 decades and thinking there must be a view up there somewhere .... but never getting around to it.
With the waning winter I was thinking I might not have a lot of chances left to see much winter view this year. And with this being the first clear weekend in a while I figured the usual hikes would be pretty crowded. So heading up Langdon seemed a good idea.
With the recent weather rainy and the next few days except Friday predicted to be shaky, and with the foliage eking away , was pretty anxious to get out. Looked like Friday might be a window of opportunity, especially early in the day, so off to the North Thursday night. Traffic light, but two different cars on rt 16 varying between 35 (!!) and 45 for miles. Grrr. So later arrival than expected, but ok.
As always, stayed up too late reading, but up at 4:30, which is Way Too Early IMHO.
Out the door by a little past 6 (yes, I move slowly !) , BOT by about 7. Several hours earlier than usual for me :)
Friday night - up til 1 doing backups after computer crash.
Normally would do backups *before* computer crash ....
Sat up 6.30 ... must get to North Conway before noon to pick up a
part to fix a stove.
Pack up & get out by ... 8.15. Ugh.