Imp Face & North Carter
Joined a group of five other Randomites, led by P. Werner, to hike two peaks, one NH52 (Imp Face) and a Trailwrights 72 (North Carter). Serious snow depth especially up high, it's like later January or February up there! Took Imp Trail north + North Carter trails up to the ridge, tagged North Carter, then descended back the same way but took Imp Trail south branch back to Route 16.
Carter Moriah trail north from its junction with North Carter trail, and the Imp Trail south branch between AMC Camp Dodge spur path junction, were not broken out, but the rest was. However, recent rains and warmer weather led to consolidation and hardening the past few days, providing for some real ankle killing the whole way. Bow-legged walking, awkward balancing and flailing of arms and poles, all that. At least it wasn't feet of powder? (would have almost preferred that...) Positives and negatives to be had, I guess.
Overall snow depth up high of up to several feet lifted us well into the canopy, providing ample opportunity to wrestle with branches and trees leaning heavily and firmly over the trail. Slowest pace heading up from the Imp Trail junction to the ridge, working through numerous spruce traps and settling/breaking through the crust. The going will be easier for those that follow!
South Brother & Coe - Liz' Winter NE100 Finish
An epic return trip to Baxter State Park, the third in Winter and fifth overall. With this trip in the books, I've completed the six high peaks there for a second time, this time in Winter.
Serious snow depth of 2-3 feet from a recent storm required strength and resolve to forge ahead. Five of us started the day, but only three ended up summiting. Everyone in the group had a fantastic time, though, and I'm sure we'll all hike together again!
Congratulations to Liz for completing her second round of New England 100 Highest, this time in Winter. What an accomplishment, and it wasn't without its obstacles along the way. She persevered and has so much to be proud about.
This brings my quest to complete my Winter second round of the 100 highest, to 76. Great to be done with the Baxter six on that list, but I know I'll return to Baxter many, many more times. It's a truly special place.