Featured Trips

Feb 07, 2018
Feb 07, 2018
This was a real tough one, due a solid 8-12 inches of fresh snow the night before. Combine that with a few inches from a few days prior, and more up high including drifts, and I had to break out anywhere from 8-18 inches of snow, solo. Slow and steady was the name of today's game. Cooper Lodge is the place for pot in winter, I guess. Solid smell coming from the place on my way up, and stopped in on my way down to find a couple older guys clearly enjoying some of the stuff. All were Killington skiers/snowboarders. I thought I was to be the only hiker that day, but about a mile down I came upon a younger woman and her dog. The dog had indicated he was done climbing, and after a few questions/answers, the woman decided it best to descend. By her request I hiked out with them, some good lessons learned; I've learned many along the way myself! With a mile to go we came upon another young woman with her own dog, a spunky one who proceeded to chew a very young tree into a few pieces. The first woman gained additional knowledge, as the other dog had awesome boots and a special coat on (the earlier dog had neither). So the trail is broken out pretty well, at least for now. At least several more inches forecast for later in the week, so there'll be plenty of chance to get in on the trail-breaking action! 62 of Winter 67. This completes the Vermont 4Ks in winter for me, leaving five in Maine: Old Speck, Abraham, Spaulding, Bigelow West, and Bigelow Avery.
Feb 06, 2018
Feb 05, 2018
Feb 05, 2018
Had to backtrack as part of route was flooded
Feb 05, 2018
Headed up from the west this time, taking the very steep Laura Cowles up to stay out of the wind as long as possible, and Sunset Ridge down since, well, I prefer loops (and didn't want to descend all that steep!). LC was half broken-out, SR pretty much fully so. Temps were pretty mild, considering, but winds were very strong up above treeline and on Sunset Ridge especially (upwards of 40-50mph gusts). Wore snowshoes the whole way, even up on the rocky summit. The recent few inches of snow helped provide enough of a blanket/cover on the ice that the shoes nearly always retained a good grip. Parts of Laura Cowles were certainly tricky, but really not half as bad as if that snow hadn't fallen a couple days earlier. Above treeline, some bare rock, some ice, but also a lot of snow-coated ice to help with grip. A good amount of snow is forecast so that will only help; but still, walk carefully up there. Found a blue aluminum water bottle on the spur path to Cantilever Rock. Contact me if you lost one. 61 of Winter 67
Feb 04, 2018
Feb 04, 2018