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Gabriel & Mary-Lou                                                           

GOTHICS  ~  SUNDAY, June 18th 2006
# 1 / 46 // 
# 1  / 111
HIKING  start 9h00am / finish 8h00 pm
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 15 lbs
Catch up to Club Rando : *Colin-LaFourmi, Stéphane-Boussole68, Ingrid-Ingrid, Michel-michel123, Carine-ctj,Valérie-Soleil, Nicolas, Richard, ?, 


DISTANCE ~25 km
ASCENT
910m
UP 3h52 mins

MORE UP 1h51 mins 
lunch
DOWN 3h57 mins 
EXTRA 30 mins  /  back to River crossing to get photo I had missed in the morning.

KNEES I was careful all day.. used my poles up and down except for the part that had cables.. and my knees gave me no problems at all.

wheather : Warm and sunny.. hot at the top

The trail #3 that's on the south Side of the Ore Bed Brook is spectacular but alot less used than the other side.

If you google-image for ' Gothics hiking ' you'll find pictures of the trail #4, that's actually the Friction Climbing section with the cable in the picture below.

All distances on the map are in Miles.

 

More comments probably later.

 

Views from MOUNT GOTHICS

Gabriel's first full day hike. What a start!

I learned the phrase "friction climbing" .. but on some section there were cables . Gabriel chose to have fun with them both going up.. and down.. I took the more technical way and only grabbed on to them when I really needed to.

probably more comments later..

Stéphane from Club Rando has fun jumping back and forth on rocks that I was just glad to get across. I'll have to practice that skill sometime.. I don't trust myself (nore my boots) very much in this kind of situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY,  August 12th 2006
Gabriel's Birthday. Bonne fête mon amour!

FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK, New Hampshire, USA
# 1+2 / 48  //  #  2+3 / 111
Mounts Little Heystack,  Lincoln and Lafayette
via the Franconia Ridge
With ClubRando (Nancy as leader) and Gabriel, Michel, Catherine, Yves, Colin


HIKING  start 9h40 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 17 lbs
DENIVELATION 1,173 m.
TOTAL LENGTH  15 km
TOTAL
TIME   7 h 10
TEMPERATURE :
Upper 30s°F / Wind: NW 40 to 60 mph w/ higher gusts

UP Falling Waters Trail
2h14 mins  / 1089 calories / 25% fat / AveHR 147 88% / MaxHR 166  99% / 2h02 mins inZone (75%+)
LITTLE HEYSTACK STOP 26 mins
Franconia RIDGE, LUNCH and some DOWN 2h19mins  / 827 calories / 45% fat / AveHR 124 74%/ MaxHR 159 95% / 1h01 mins inZone (75%+)
GREENLEAF HUT 28 mins
DOWN Old Bridle Path 1h33 mins  / 455 calories / 55% fat / AveHR 112 67% / MaxHR 139  83% / 4 mins inZone (75%+)
I don't remember ever keeping such a high average HR. I know that each time I glanced at my HR monitor I was in the upper 50's (so I don't think it's an error) but I was doing fine so I didn't feel the need to slow down.

Rambling : hummmm  1,173 m, that's 3,848 ft.. talking about denivalation.. that's sort of like going up AND THEN down 7,696 six-inch steps..

FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK, New Hampshire, USA

ABOVE : I really think that doing the loop counter clockwise is the way to go. Up the beautiful Falling Waters Trail, and Down to the the Greenleaf Hut in the afternoon.
 

FALLING WATERS TRAIL
"Opposite Lafayette Campground in Franconia Notch. A favorite hike, 1.4 miles one way, that takes you to Walker Cascade, 20 ft. Stairs Falls, 60 ft. Swiftwater Falls and 80 ft. Cloudland Falls."

photo by Nancy

BELOW :

Ahhh! now I understand why there were so many people on that part of the trail!

FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK, New Hampshire, USA

LEFT : Walking on the Franconia Ridge.. between Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette (5089' and 5260' above sea level) Liberty Mountain on the Left.. that's one that's on my Wish List! and if't very do-able.. 6 hour hike.. time to visit the Flume Gorge on the same day.


BED AT 10h30 PM

 

SATURDAY, September 2nd 2006
Labor Day Week-end

MOUNT WASHINGTON, New Hampshire, USA
# 3 / 48  // #  4  / 111
Lion Head  and Tuckerman Ravine Trails
With  Gabriel, Was supposed to be with ClubRando.. but the leader couldn't make it, so it fell apart.

 

UP Lion Head Trail 3h59 mins  / 1858 calories / 30% fat / AveHR 144 86% / MaxHR 161  96% / 3h38 mins inZone (75%+)
LUNCH and walkaround 1h20 mins
DOWN Tuckerman Ravine 2h34 mins  / 823 calories / 50% fat / AveHR 117 70% / MaxHR 143  85% / 33 mins inZone (75%+)
I was too excited and ate breakfast (cereals and muffun) too fast. It took over an hour to digest and the trail was just 10 mins from the campground (Dolly Copp #17) and steady up right from the start.. After that it was hard work but clear sailing for the rest of the day.


HIKING  start 7 h 39 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 20 lbs
DENIVELATION  1,295 m. (4,249 ft)
TOTAL LENGTH  
13,6 km (8,4 mi.)
TOTAL TIME   7 h 53
TEMPERATURE at the top:  
Lower 30s°F / Wind: E 35 to 40 mph It wasn't as bad when we got to the top, but during our stay inside, visiting the souvenir shops, glancing at the museum and obervatory and talking with a couple from Maine who are regulars in the White Mountains, the weather really got worse.

 

Mt-Washington

Mt-Washington

ABOVE : near the top end of the Lion Head Trail

 

BELOW : The Tuckerman Ravine.. Mysterious ..

ABOVE : Mount Washington observatory a place to "observe" some of the trails and mountains that make us dream of comming back! The Appalachian Trail winds down (or up) at bottom left and our August 12th  hike is highlighted top right. 

BELOW : but it's also accessible from the other side by the Auto Road.

Mt-Washington

Mt-Washington


BED AT 9h00 PM (Dolly Copp Campground #17)

 

SUNDAY,  August 26th 2007

MOUNT MANSFIELD, Vermont, USA my order #1/21 // #  5  / 111
Canyon North Trail  & Subway
Halfway House Trail, Canyon North Trail then up to Long Trail to Chin, Long Trail back to Subway Loop and Sunset Ridge Down
With Gabriel

HIKING  start 9h09 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 17,8 lbs
DENIVELATION 762 m. + Down and up for Subway ?? + up and down for Cantilever Rock ??
MAJOR DIFFICULTY  Canyon North Trail and Subway : WOW !!
TOTAL LENGTH  12,6 km 7,85 miles
TOTAL
TIME   7 h 30  
TEMPERATURE :
 High 50s°F / 100% Humidity!!!
Blue markers lead the way up and down.. the Long Trail on top had white markers.  Everything very clear.

 UP  Eagle Trail, CCC Road, Halfway House Trail,  and almost completely ACROSS : Canyon North Trail,
2h30 mins  / 1565 calories / 35% fat / AveHR 133 80% / MaxHR 159  95% / 1h45 mins inZone (75%+)

LUNCH Just a little before the Short-cut up to Long Trail
11 mins

Last Short-Cut to  Long Trail to CHIN
1h29 mins  / 861 calories / 40% fat / AveHR 127 76% / MaxHR 157  94% / 47 mins inZone (75%+)
The Canyon North Trail had taken everything out of me.. not physically, but emotionally. and we didn't know if the Subway would be even more difficult. Gabriel was also very willing not to do the Subway section at this time.

 DOWN   : Long Trail, Short-cut, Subway ,  ( Counter clock-wise loop )
52
mins  / 501 calories / 45% fat / AveHR 126 75% / MaxHR 155  93% / 26 mins inZone (75%+)
Gabriel's suggestion to do the part we didn't do this morning, now that we knew where it ended and had done the rest of the climb. I asked someone who seemed to know the area if the Subway was more difficult than the Canyon North Trail and she said "No, except there's a little more in the "open". I later understood that to mean  you fall real far if you slip.... so extreme caution is necessary.

Long Trail to Sunset Ridge Trail to Cantilever Rock, and short lunch
1H19
mins  / 648 calories / 50% fat / AveHR 116 69% / MaxHR 146  87% / 11 mins inZone (75%+)

Cantilever Rock, Sunset Ridge Trail to Eagle Trail to Parking

59 mins  / 406 calories / 60% fat / AveHR 105 63% / MaxHR 129  77% / 2 mins inZone (75%+)

NOTES :
1) The Canyon North Trail and Subway would have been extremely dangerous if they  had been wet.
2) It's better to go UP Halfway House trail than down.
3) This is definately NOT a trail for the un-experienced
4) Round fasteners on Gaiters hurt too much and are dangerous in situations where you have to use your Knees to climb.
5) If because only a small hike is planned, you workout real hard at the gym the days before the hike, beware if you change you plans to a difficult hike
6) Wear my contact lenses...

 

Gabriel  on the Canyon North Trail and then in Short-cut between Canyon North Trail and Long Trail.

Of course we couldn't take pictures when we were in difficult situations. / Later I find out this is called Scrambling.. (not hiking)


Excellent and very well deserved Restaurant in Cowansville

BED AT 1h30 PM

 

MARCY  ~  SATURDAY, September 1st 2007
# 2 / 46 //  # 6  / 111


Van Hoevenberg Trail
 

HIKING  start 9h25 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 17,4 lbs
ASCENT
 3179 feet / 969 meters
TOTAL LENGTH  14,8 miles / 23,6 km
 
TOTAL
TIME   9 h 00  

Sunrise / Sunset calendar

Twilight : 5:48am
Sunrise: 6:17am
Sunset: 7:34pm
Twilight: 8:04pm

For Lake Placid NY
September 1st 2007

TEMPERATURE :  sunny, with a high near 62. North wind between 3 and 9 mph. low 50s and strong wind at the summit, but very clear and sunny.
 


Much easier than 34 years ago, they must have changed some of the sections and redone the trail, maybe even a couple of times since. Very pleasant but sort of disapointing, is that compatible? The last section was fun and the view at top was just as awesome.

NOTE : see banner and diary above, with Algonquin in the background.

RIGHT :  The last section, about 0.6 miles, was fun.

BELOW : Gothics highlighted and Giant right behind it.

 

 

 

UP  Starting at Adirondak Loj to about 0,6 mi from the top
3
h25 mins 
Lunch
0
h12 mins 
UP  to Marcy and walk-about
0
h52 mins
DOWN  to Indian Falls
1
h49 mins 
Snack and view at Indian Falls
0
h23 mins 
DOWN  to Adirondak Loj
2
h01 mins 

 

BED AT 00h30 AM

 

SUNDAY,  September 16th 2007

CAMEL'S HUMP, Vermont, USA my order #2/21 // #  7  / 111
Dean & Long Trail up , Monroe down

HIKING  start 8h47 AM at Duxbury Parking Area
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 17,6 lbs
DENIVELATION 665 m.
MAJOR INTEREST  Two sections of the Long Trail, before reaching the top.
TOTAL LENGTH  12,5 km 7,8 miles
TOTAL
TIME 
 5 h 45
TEMPERATURE :
 High 40s°F very little wind, except at the top

VERMONT QUARTER With Camel's Hump at the left side.

 UP  Monroe Trail to intersection, Dean Trail to Wind Gap, Long Trail to Montclair Glen Lodge, back on Long Trail to Wind Gap.
1
h39 mins  / 966 calories / 40% fat / AveHR 128  77% / MaxHR 154  92% / 1h00 mins inZone (75%+)

Wind Gap to snack at about the 1000 m contour line ant then to the top
1h55 mins  / 11002 calories / 40% fat / AveHR 127 76% / MaxHR 159  95% / 1h04 mins inZone (75%+)

LUNCH and walkabout
25 mins

 DOWN   : Long Trail, Monroe Trail
1h46 mins  / 729 calories / 55% fat / AveHR 110 66% / MaxHR 136  81% / 3 mins inZone (75%+)
Much easier and not as interesting as the section of the Long Trail we do coming up from the Dean Trail, but a pleasant hike down.

NOTES :
1) The Dean Trail is fun going up
2) There are ALOT of dogs, specially on the Monroe Trail
3) I shorten my hiking poles about 10 inches for the rocky up sections... I'd need getting used to this but they are much less in the way.
4)
Blue markers lead the way up and down.. the Long Trail on top had white markers.  Everything very clear except at the very top where a map helps, specially if you want to do a loop.

Still a little way to go..

We're almost there.. just follow the whit markers..

BED AT 10h30 PM

 

SUNDAY,  September 23rd 2007

MOUNT JEFFERSON, New Hampshire, USA
# 4 / 48  //  # 8  / 111
UP Castle Ravine Trail   and DOWN  the Castle Trail

With  Gabriel


HIKING  start 7 h 00 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 20 lbs
DENIVELATION  1,311 m. (
4,300 ft)  - 
TOTAL LENGTH
16,1 km (10 mi)
TOTAL TIME   9h46mins
TEMPERATURE :  
Sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind between 10 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph

UP Castle Ravine trail  5h30 mins  / 3594 calories / 35% fat / AveHR 136 81% / MaxHR 157  94% / 4h31 mins inZone (75%+)
Leaving early, we knew we had time.. and since I wasn't sure how hard it would be, didn't push myself at all. Took alot of pictures and so did Gabriel. The Stream was at very low water level, I would't try it if it was much higher. On the steep part between the Roof Rock and the Cornice trail.. It was no use anyways.. going fast just made the rocks tumble.
LUNCH AND CLIMB-ABOUT
There's no walking on Jefferson! It's just a big pile of rocks!
DOWN Castle  trail  
3h46 mins  / 1739 calories /  55 % fat / AveHR  112  67% / MaxHR  133   80% / 15 mins inZone (75%+)
Estremely Windy for the first 45 mins, but we were well dressed so it fun in a strange way.

NOTES :
1) So windy coming down, that I was glad that I DIDN'T have my contact lenses.
2) Comming with a Hiking Club would have reassured me. But I do like the freedom of only having to co-ordinate my  schedule with Gabriel.
3) If I continue using my poles in scrambling, I REALLY have to get rid of the round parts at the bottom. Fining a way to attach them to my pacsac would be even more intelligent.
4) I might modify a Sweatshirt.. to have a net backing.. really don't need much under the pacsac.
5) We never understood how come after 5 rinsings, Gabriel's Platypus still had water tasting like diswashing soap. I'm glad I had some extra to give him. I'll definately taste the water from a bottle I've washed.. before counting on it in a hike.
6) My little Waist bag is absolutely fantastic for my camera, map, handkerchief and grop, but looks terrible on pictures LOL
 

ABOVE : Too many great adventure stories come from unprepared travellers.

LEFT : Like for Mount Washington, when we get to the top, we meet all kinds of people having taken different routes.. each is proud of their achievement, and rightfully so.


BED AT MIDNIGHT too much to do..

Summer 2008 Hiking in the French Alpes
Summer 2009 Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

SUNDAY,  August 16th 2009

FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK, New Hampshire, USA
 
Mounts Flume & Liberty
# 5+6 / 48  // # 9+10   / 111
via the Franconia Ridge
With Gabrie
Have been wanting to do this trail since we've seen Liberty from Lincoln-Lafayette But we were waiting for a dry day.. and it hasn't been raining for over 3 days.. so that's good!

HIKING  start 8h02 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~18 lbs +
DENIVELATION 1,026 m.
TOTAL LENGTH  15,4 km
TOTAL
TIME   7h20
TEMPERATURE :
 21°C at top / Wind: not even enough to get rid of the bugs during lunch
 


UP Flume Slide Trail
3h40 mins / 2083 calories / 50% fat / AveHR 115 70% / MaxHR 146  88% / 1h04 mins inZone (75%+)
It's only the last hour that is really challenging. One thing that I experienced was climbing by pushing left foot to the left and right hand to the right on opposite rocks that had no place to grip.  NOTE: If I do this trail again or something like Mount Washington's Huntington Ravine.. I want to have either new hiking boots (new soles) or special non-slip soles for climbing slipery rocks.
Lunch STOP at First Peak of Flume 21 mins
Would have stayed longer if there had been less bugs.

UP to Flume's real peak,  DOWN and UP to Liberty, and down Liberty Trail
3h15mins  / 1563 calories / 55% fat / AveHR 105 64%/ MaxHR 133 81% / 44 mins inZone (75%+)
It's going down that we realize how much we had actually gone up, since during the challenging part going up, we couldn't really go fast, because we had to be careful not to slip.

BED AT 11h00 PM

 

ALGONQUIN PEAK  ~  THURSDAY,  July 29th 2010
# 3 / 46 //  # 11  / 111
via Avalanche Pass Trail just across the lake from Mount Colden

HIKING  time : ~ 10 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC :19 lbs
CHALLENGE : The Avalanche Pass
ALTITUDE : 5114' / 1559 m
ASCENT ~  895 m
TOTAL LENGTH   18,1 km
WEATHER :  No rain,

ORANGE Trail on this map, From the parking at the Adirondak Loj (10 $).

 

MORE COMMENTS TO COME

 

MORE COMMENTS TO COME

BED AT 9h00 PM

Whispering Pine Campground, 4582 Cascade Road (Route 73) Lake Placid 518-523-9322
Site #16 19$

 

GIANT  ~  FRIDAY,  July 30th 2010
# 4 / 46 //  # 12  / 111

Forecast for Keene as of Wednesday July 28th :
Friday:
SMostly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind between 5 and 7 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46.


HIKING  time ~ 7 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC :
TECHNICAL CHALLENGE :
ALTITUDE : 4627' / 1410 m
ASCENT ~  930 m
TOTAL LENGTH
   9,4 km +
WEATHER :  No rain,

PINK TRAIL on this map, From the parking on road 73. Up the Ridge Trail, and down with a loop so as not to finish to early.

MORE COMMENTS TO COME

This is the day Gabriel decides that he wants to do all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks. I think I'd rather do the top 10 5000 footers in NE North East.

BED AT 9h00 PM

Whispering Pine Campground, 4582 Cascade Road (Route 73) Lake Placid 518-523-9322
Site #16 19$

 

COLDEN  ~  SATURDAY,  July 31st 2010
# 5 / 46 // # 13  / 111

Forecast for Keene as of Wednesday July 28th :
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 72.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

 Just across the lake from Algonquin Peak
HIKING  time ~ 9 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC :
TECHNICAL CHALLENGE :
ALTITUDE : 4714' / 1437 m
ASCENT ~  772 m
TOTAL LENGTH
   20 km
WEATHER :  No rain,

PINK TRAIL on this map, From the parking at the Adirondak Loj (10 $). There and back.

 

MORE COMMENTS TO COME

LEFT : I just love clear indications at intersections and clear trail markers. The yellow, blue and red dots on the map above refer to the trail markers.

MORE COMMENTS TO COME

SUMMIT :  Sitting on top of the world, looking over at Algonquin, eating lunch, relaxing, and suddenly out of nowhere just in front of us, a young couple in their early 20s pop up.  We had never heard of Slide climbin.. LOL

BED AT 9h00 PM

Whispering Pine Campground,  4582 Cascade Road (Route 73) Lake Placid 518-523-9322
Site #16
19$

 

BIG SLIDE  ~  SUNDAY,  August 1st 2010
# 6 / 46 // # 14  / 111

 via The Brothers

HIKING  time ~ 6 h 50 mins
WEIGHT OF PACSAC :
TECHNICAL CHALLENGE :
ALTITUDE : 4240' / 1292 m
ASCENT ~  853 m
TOTAL LENGTH
   12,5 km
WEATHER :  Mostly sunny.  great day.

ORANGE Trail on this map Starting at the Garden Parking (7$)
 

CAR TRIP HOME 4-7 pm

 

FRIDAY, July 1st 2011
Canada Day week-end

CANON MOUNTAIN, New Hampshire, USA
# 7 / 48 // # 15  / 111
With  Gabriel,

HIKING  start 10 h 01 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 18 lbs
ALTITUDE   1243 m. ( 4077ft)
ELEVATION GAIN   m. (2577 ft)
TOTAL LENGTH  
km ( 5,5 mi.)
 

pics or text to come



UP via Lonesome Lake
2h33 mins  / 1125 calories / 40% fat / AveHR 129 77% / MaxHR 152  91% / 1h43 mins inZone
LUNCH and walkaround 24 mins
DOWN Dodge Cutoff
2h16 mins  / 671 calories / 60% fat / AveHR 104 62% / MaxHR 137  82% / 4 mins inZone


BED AT 8h00 PM Lafayette Campground, site #54 in Franconia State Park

 

SATURDAY, July 2nd 2011

MOUNT ADAMS, New Hampshire, USA
# 8 / 48 //  # 16  / 111
Lowe's Path up and down

With  Gabriel. We were supposed to go up King Ravine, but neither of us was feeling it since it's early in the season. The parking at Lowe's Store is just beside Lowe's Cabins that can be seen more easily from the road. The trail is steady up and I felt great. We hadn't done such a high hike since Jefferson in 2007 and I was a little nervous.

Gaby didn't eat enough and completely ran out of steam by the time we got to the top. He had to lie down for a while, and was quite lucky to find a very comfortable place to rest. It was just enought so that he was ok on the way down.

 

HIKING  start 8 h 01 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 22 lbs
ALTITUDE   1760 m. ( 5799 ft)
ELEVATION GAIN   x m. ( 4450 ft)
TOTAL LENGTH  
15,2  km (  9.4 mi.)
TOTAL TIME   9h20
TEMPERATURE at the top:   Wow!  beautiful sunshine, no wind! No need to Layer up!
 

UP and DOWN LOWE'S PATH
4h57 mins  / 1993 calories / 45% fat / AveHR 123 86% / MaxHR 152  96% / 2h39 mins inZone
LUNCH and walkaround 38 mins
3h45 mins  / 1103 calories / 60% fat / AveHR 117 64% / MaxHR 137  82% / 3 mins inZone
We were too much in a hurry, and Gabriel didn't eat enough

Campfire with Yves Richard and Cindy's friends' camp sites #1&2. Yves and his friend did Mount Washington up Amooos... and down Jewell
 

BED AT 11h00 PM Lafayette Campground, site #54 in Franconia State Park

 

DIX  ~  WEDNESDAY, July 27th 2011
# 7 / 46 // # 17  / 111


Day 2
HIKING  start at  7h26 to  ~  9,5 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 21 lbs / 2+2 liters of Water
ALTITUDE : 4857' / 1481 m
ASSENT  ~  3200' / 976 m
TOTAL LENGTH   13,6 Miles / 11 km
 

-banner picture taken by Gabriel
-try out my filtration pump at the Boquet River near the Leanto.
-nice leanto I'd love to stay at someday
-I like my system of 2 times 2 liter hydration bags. I know how much water I have left, and just have to clip my tube to the bag I want.

UP 4h59 mins
LUNCH 23 mins
DOWN 4h15 mins

BED AT 9h00  Camping day 2 Lincoln Pond Campground #20 / 4363 Lincoln Pond Road Elisabethtown, NY 12932 (518) 942-5892

 

CASCADE & PORTER  ~  THURSDAY, July 28th 2011
# 8 + 9 / 46 // # 18 + 19  / 111
Day 3

HIKING start : 9h40 AM  time : ~  4h30mins
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 19 lbs
ALTITUDE :
Cascade : 4098' / 1249 m // Porter 4059' / 1238 m
ASSENT  Cascade : 1940' / 592 m // Porter + 58' / +20 m
TOTAL LENGTH   : Cascade : 4.8 mi / 7.8 km // Porter + 1.4 mi / + 0.9 ?km

-no water at all in the streams

-Gabriel wears gaiters for the first time. I like my high gaiters that protect my shins, although they do tend to be warm.

-I thought we were coming from the other side.. and it's only on top that I noticed I had the wrong trail on my map. This is the right one.

UP 1h57 mins
LUNCH 29 mins
TO PORTER 1h08 mins
DOWN 1h03 mins

BED AT 9h00 PM at TMax-n-Topo's Jackrabitt Hostel 5046 Cascade Road (Route 73) Lake Placid 518-523-0123 http://tmax-n-topo.com/ "Dixes"

 

LOWER WOLFJAW, UPPER WOLFJAW & ARMSTRONG
  ~  FRIDAY, July 29th 2011
#  10 + 11 + 12  / 46 // # 20 + 21 + 22   / 111
Day 4
 
 

HIKING  time : ~  10,5 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 22 lbs
ALTITUDE :
Lower WJ 4175'/ 1273 m & Upper WJ 4185' & Armstrong 4400'
ASSENT ~  Lower WJ 2825' /  861 m & Upper WJ  + ? ' & Armstrong + ? '
TOTAL LENGTH   Lower WJ 4.2 /  6.8 m & Upper WJ + ? ' & Armstrong + ? '
WEATHER  ok until we're almost at Armstrong when we get a heavy downpour for 4 hours! It's warm though, 20°C, so we don't even put on our rain coats! But DO cover our pacsacs. Luckily it stops just before we get to the cars.

-Gaby parks car while I wait with pacsacs at trailhead

-up to Lower Wolfjaw first

-nice place to get out of the pouring rain for a few minutes.

UP TO LWJ TRAIL : Wedge Brook Trail
2h50 mins

LWJ
48 mins

LUNCH 16 mins
DOWN TO UWJ TRAIL
23 mins

UP TO UWJ
2h18 mins

TO ARMSTRONG AND DOWN in the pouring rain!
3h59 mins

BED AT 9h30 PM at TMax-n-Topo's Jackrabitt Hostel 5046 Cascade Road (Route 73) Lake Placid 518-523-0123 http://tmax-n-topo.com/ "Dixes"

 

WRIGHT  ~  SATURDAY, July 30th 2011
# 13 / 46 // #  23  / 111
Day 5

HIKING  time : ~  6.5 hours .. start at 8h17 AM
ALTITUDE :
4580'
ASSENT ~  2401' / 732 m
TOTAL LENGTH   7 Miles / 11,4
Km

 

-Wear old leather Merrels because of yesterday's rain and so does Gabriel who gets blisters.

-We WERE supposed to do Iroquois this same day, but it's safer to change our plans.

UP 2h40 mins
TOP 1h06 mins
DOWN 2h22 mins

BED AT 9h30 PM at TMax-n-Topo's Jackrabitt Hostel 5046 Cascade Road (Route 73) Lake Placid 518-523-0123 http://tmax-n-topo.com/ "Dixes"

 

PHELPS  ~  SUNDAY, July 31st 2011
# 14 / 46 //  # 24  / 111
Day 6

HIKING  time : ~  6 hours Start at 7h41 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 20 lbs
ALTITUDE :
4161' / 1269 m
ASSENT 1982 ' / 604 m
TOTAL LENGTH  
8.8 mi / 14,2 km

This winter I'd like to mark all the trails on a paper map to get an overview of where we've been.

Such a nice hike. And it was about time we did this hike, since Gabriel kept thinking we'd already done it! We start out early in the cool of the day and are on our way down when we stop for lunch. A fantastic place on the rocks. Gabriel says the water is cold.

UP 2h37 mins
SNACK & WALKABOUT 30 mins
DOWN TO RIVER / ROCKS
1h
16 mins
LUNCH on the rocks 15 mins
DOWN 1h15 mins

BED AT 9h30 PM Camping day 1 KOA Lake Placid / Whiteface  KOA 77 FoxFarmRoad / Wilminton NY 12997 (800) 562-0368

 

 

WHITEFACE Wilmington trail ESTHER   Unmarked  TUESDAY, August 2nd 2011
# 15 +16 / 46 // #  25 + 26  / 111
Day 8


HIKING  time : ~  9,5  hours / Start at 7h05 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 18 lbs
ALTITUDE :
Whiteface 4867' / 1484 m // Esther :
ASSENT ~  1,103 m + Esther
TOTAL LENGTH    10.4 mi / 16,8 km + Esther 2.4 mi

 

-first time I write stuff on my maps. I think I'll do it more often..

-easy mountain, alternating level and ascent..

-do Esther on the way down. Esther is our first "unmarked and unmaintained" summit, but no way can we get lost on it, it's clearer than some marked trails!

UP TO WHITEFACE
3h55 mins

WALKABOUT 23 mins
DOWN TO JUNCTION WITH ESTER
1h09 mins

LUNCH 13 mins
UP TO ESTER
40 mins

TOP ~ 10 mins
DOWN TO WHITEFACE TRAIL
39 mins

DOWN
2h02 mins

BED AT 9h00 PM Camping day 3 KOA Lake Placid / Whiteface  KOA 77 FoxFarmRoad / Wilminton NY 12997 (800) 562-0368

 

IROQUOIS  ~  SATURDAY, August 20th 2011
# 17 / 46 //  # 27  / 111
Day 2 Via Algonquin

HIKING  start at  7h30   ~  8H15 mins
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 20 lbs / 2+2 liters of Water +pump, drink 2,5 liters
ALTITUDE :
x' / x m
ASSENT  ~  x' / x m
TOTAL LENGTH   xMiles / x km

It was a full week at work and we only started packing on Friday.

I put my Small Gatorade bottle in the cooler and forgot to bring it with me on the hike. It made me anxious for a while, although Gaby had some powdered gatorade. But the hike was much easier than I thought, or I was in better shape ;) In FB I say :

Another nice Adirondak hike. 8 hours, beautiful weather. Iroquois via Algonquin. We saw some very courageous out of shape people doing the hike. I'll remember one lady stuck for a while having alot of trouble with a section where her legs just didn't have enough strength anymore. I don't think I've ever sufferd or want to suffer as much as she did. Crazy, even dangerous. But I guess she'll have alot to talk about. " Alot of great adventure stories come from unprepared travellers" mls. I asked if they needed help and since they said they'd be all right.. I just bouldered on and climbed by them. The man said " Look at her go! She's a real mountain goat." :-D

 

BED AT 9h00  Camping day 2 Whispering Pine Campground, 4582 Cascade Road (Route 73) Lake Placid 518-523-9322
Site #21 across from showers, good 25$

 

BACKPACK IN  ~  SATURDAY, September 3rd 2011
First backpacking trip
Day 1


, we had planned to do our trip near NippleTop but all of the Eastern High Peaks are closed! D

From P to Ward Brook Leanto
BACKPACKING  time : ~  3h00
WEIGHT OF PACSAC
: 35 lbs
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  
We take trail #129 to Ward Brook Leanto.

So! We're finally going backpacking! I've wanted this for a few years. Imagine how excited I am! I feel like when I was 20 going on a canoe trip. This is adventure. Actually, it's just a little adventure, but the fact that it's Gabriel's first time as well makes it even more fun.

 

Put up tent near Lean-to and have Lunch

 

SEYMOUR  ~  SATURDAY, September 3rd 2011
# 18 / 46 //  # 28  / 111
Day 1

"unmarked & unmaintained" RED LINE
HIKING  time : ~  4 hours
ALTITUDE : 4091'

ASSENT

 I will show the trail to Seymour when Gabriel shows me the GPS trail.but it starts off along the brook just east of the Ward Brook Leanto.

BED AT 8h30 PM Wilderness camping beside Ward Brook Leanto

 

SEWARD, DONALDSON & EMMONS
  ~ 
SUNDAY, September 4th 2011
#  19 + 20 + 21 / 46
// #  29 + 30 + 31   / 111
Day 2
"unmarked & unmaintained"

HIKING  time : ~  10,5 hours Start at 8 AM, That means we finish 30 mins before sunset!

ALTITUDE :
X' / X m
ASSENT X ' / X m
TOTAL LENGTH  
X mi / X km

A picture like this is worth the trip just in itself.

They say " Unmarked and unmaintained "

 

ABOVEI will show the trail to Seward, Donaldson and Emmons when Gabriel shows me the GPS trail.but it starts off along the brook just east of Blueberry Leanto. Thanks to our Camp neighbor Peter for lending us the description of the trail.

 

BED AT 9h30 PM Wilderness camping beside Ward Brook Leanto

 

BACKPACKING OUT  ~  MONDAY, September 5th 2011
Day 3

  time : 2h45
WEATHER  time
WEIGHT OF PACSAC
: 35 lbs + weight of water on wet tent, tarp, dirty clothes, dirty gaiters in pac etc.
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

here is a copy of my post on adkhighpeaks.com/forums

Short Trip Report.
Well our planned backpacking was for Labor Day week-end and it was in the Eastern High Peaks. Luckily we decided to go down to the ADKs on Friday instead of Saturday morning, so staying à TMax-n-Topo's Hostel, Dawn helped us re-route our trip.

So Saturday morning we backpacked to Ward Brook Leanto and put up our tent. In the afternoon we hiked Seymour. all in good weather.

Sunday ( with more info on the route from our Leanto neighbor Peter) we did Seward, Donaldson and Emmons, and back the same way. on shot of lightening and thunder almost at the same time near the top of Seward had our hearts beating a little faster but I kept hoping it was "heat lightning" ("éclairs de chaleur" in french), and in effect there was no rain at all. Yes the trail was easy to follow except for some places where the mud puddles were so large that we really had to take a good look to find where the trail came out of them. That was a beautiful full day.

The rain fell hard during that night.. and we came back soaking wet, with my pack heavier since I was carrying the wet tent and tarp we had. but it's really a short easy hike back.. and I was sooooooo glad that it haden't started raining the day before.

waoh.. I'm a backpacker

CAR TRIP HOME

BED AT 1h30 PM

 

 

TABLETOP  ~  SATURDAY, June 16th 2012  
#  22 / 46 // # 32  / 111
CAR TRIP to Adirondack Park, NY 
departure : 6h07 AM ~ 3 hours


HIKING  time : ~  6h30min Start at 9h23 AM we don't really stop for lunch.
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 20 lbs
ALTITUDE :
4413' /
ASSENT 2233 ' /
TOTAL LENGTH  ~
16 km
TEMPERATURE : 20°c mostly covered skies... we're lucky, it was supposed to be 26 and sunny

 

Take pictures of Post-hurricaine Irene 2011.. the bridge on the Auto road to the lodge took a heavy beating and the foot bridge over Marcy Dam is no more. We rock-hop over the brook and walk up the car trail for a few hundered feet.

Tabletop is between Phelps and Marcy..  We hike from ADK Loj to a well marked path to the left. (brown on the map)

The herd path to Tabletop cannot be missed, and because of the hot dry week we've had, even the mud levels are reasonnable. Gaby finds that there are ALOT of bugs, but they don't seem to bother me.

Legend says that only hikers doing the 46 High Peaks go to Tabletop., check it with some of the hikers we cross, they agree and are at 39.

UP 3h27 mins
DOWN 2h15 mins

I really weigh 10 lbs toooooo much and am not in top shape like last summer. No view at the top but nice hike

 

 

SATURDAY, June 30th 2012
 

Mount Monroe and Mount Washington (2nd time for Washington) with new Gregory Palisade 80
# 9 / 48 // # 33   / 111
pacsac with Gabriel
HIKING   Start at 6h42 AM .
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 24 lbs
ALTITUDE : Mount Manroe : 5372 / Mount Washington 6288
' /
ASSENT ?? to Lakes of the Clouds / ?? to Manroe and down to the Lakes / ??up to Washington
TOTAL LENGTH  ~
16 km
TEMPERATURE : 12-17°c very sunny, windy at the top
 
 

UP Ammonoosuc to Monroe, down to Lakes of the Clouds and up Washington :
5h42 mins / AveHR  133  80% / MaxHR  152  91%  / 2643 cals / 40 % fat / 4h19 mins InZone

LUNCH 45 mins
DOWN Jewell Trail
3h
22 mins / AveHR  111  66% / MaxHR  140  84 %  / 1117 cals / 55 % fat / 8 mins InZone

 BED AT 7h00  PM  !
 Twin Mountain, NH,  Carlson's Lodge

 

SUNDAY, July 1st 2012

Pierce (Clinton)  
# 10 / 48 //  # 34  / 111
with Gabriel
HIKING  time : ~  6h00 / start at 8h21
WEIGHT OF
 Gregory Palisade 80 pacsac : 21 lbs
ALTITUDE :
4312' /
ASSENT ? ' /
TOTAL LENGTH  ~
? km
TEMPERATURE : 16-20°c mostly sunny light wind 

UP 2h42 mins / AveHR  120  72% / MaxHR  143  86%  / 1048 cals / 45 % fat / 1h07 mins InZone
SNACK
15 mins
over to Mazpah Hut & chat 1h13 mins / AveHR  95  57% / MaxHR  128  77 %  / 285 cals / 60 % fat / 0 mins InZone
DOWN
1
h45 mins / AveHR  96  57% / MaxHR  123  74 %  / 424 cals / 60 % fat / 0 mins InZone

CAR TRIP HOME

BED AT 11h00  PM 

 

BACKPACK IN  ~  MONDAY, July 23rd 2012
Day 1

CAR TRIP to Adirondack Park, NY 
departure : 5 AM
Google maps says : 198 Km, 2h43 minutes

(2nd trip)

 This is the trip we had planned last summer but the Eastern High Peaks was closed because of Hurricain Irene .

From P to
START AT  9H10 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  -h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
:  40 lbs
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

FETCH WATER :, across from second campsite. 350m down hill and back up.

 

 

 

 


 

BED AT 6h30 PM !! LOL Camping
Storm at 6h30 and the HUGE storm at midnight, very impressive to be in the mountains.

 

COLVIN and BLAKE PEAK   ~  TUESDAY, July 24th 2012
#  23 + 24  / 46 //  # 35 + 36  / 111
Day 2

HIKING  start at  8h55 am  to  ~  4h03 pm
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs / 2 liters of Water, But would have needed more.. had my filter but there were no streams
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x
 

UP
LUNCH s
DOWN

FETCH WATER : with Gabriel, across from second campsite. 350m down hill and back up.

BED AT xxh00 

 

NIPPLETOP  ~  WEDNESDAY, July 25th 2012
#  25 / 46 //  # 37  / 111
Day 3 

HIKING  start at  8H35 AM to  ~  xx hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 20 lbs / 1,5 liters of Water
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UP
LUNCH s
DOWN

FETCH WATER : with  Gabriel, across from second campsite. 350m down hill and back up.

BED AT xx PM

 

BACKPACK OUT  ~  THURSDAY, July 26th 2012
Day 4
as we came up on July 23rd
START AT  10H00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  3h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: ~ 36 lbs
ALTITUDE :

DESSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

 

CAR TRIP HOME

BED AT xx PM

 

BACKPACK IN  ~  SATURDAY, July 28th 2012

Day 1

CAR TRIP to Adirondack Park, NY 
departure : 6 AM
Google maps says : ?? Km, 3h43 minutes

ORANGE TRAIL
 

From P to Bradly Pond Santanoni Leanto (camping)
START AT  9H10 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  -h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
:  40 lbs
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  


ORANGE TRAIL to camp near Santanoni Leanto

Start of in excellent weather.. eat by the Santanoni Brook at about noon.. and then the clouds come in, and by the time we arrive to Bradly Pond, it had been pooring rain long enough for me to be really cold. We set up a tarp just across the first brook before the Leanto (the Leanto was full)  and waited.. but it was quite a while before it got better.. so we set up the tent. It's only later that we noticed that we were in a "No camping" zone, and way too close to underground water coming up out of nowhere and passing close to our tent before going back to the brook.

As we see it, all of the hikers (camping an Leanto) who were out on the Santas today had a really hard and wet day and left either as they came back or the next morning.

BED AT ?? PM !! LOL Camping
St

 

COUCHSACHRAGA & PANTHER  ~  SUNDAY, July 29th 2012
#  26 - 27 / 46 // # 38 + 39   / 111
Day 2  PINK TRAIL "Unmarked, unmaintained herd trail"

HIKING  start at  8h15 am  to  ~  4h03 pm ~ 8 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs / 2 liters of Water, B
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x
 

We move the tent to a better spot before eating breakfast.

Left : along the beaver dam.

 

 


PINK TRAIL

 

 

BED AT xxh00 

 

SANTANONI PEAK  ~  MONDAY, July 30th 2012
#  28 / 46 // #  40  / 111
Day 3 That's # 28 / 46 GREY TRAIL "Unmarked, unmaintained herd trail"

HIKING  start at  8H35 AM to  ~  7 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~18 lbs / 1,5 liters of Water
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x
 


GREY TRAIL

Not in Pictures : Tell myself over and over that we did the right thing in doing this trail today instead of doing it with the two summits we did yesterday.

Yesterday's pictures :  I really like the part that is going up the brook on the large rocks so I'm glad that we get to do it again. It's also nice to go around the Beaver Dam .

"In the 1970's the 46ers hadn't even heard of herd trails." mls

UP
LUNCH
DOWN

Gabriel and I eat breakfast in the Leanto that has been completely abandonded since yesterday. I've been wanting to sleap in a leanto since the 1970's but it's only at 5h30 pm,  after the hike, and clean-up and supper that I think of packing up the tent and moving to the leanto for our last night here. Another hiker (David) arrives at about the same time and it's nice to chat with him. He plans to do the 3 summits tomorrow.

BED AT xx PM in Bradly Pond Santanoni Leanto (first time in a Leanto)

 

BACKPACK OUT  ~  TUESDAY, July 31st 2012
Day 4 as we came up on July 28th ORANGE TRAIL
START AT  10H00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  3h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: ~ 37 lbs
ALTITUDE :

DESSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

 

 It is so much easier when we know the trail and what's ahead. OK going down helps as well. but..

Slide on bridge.. on my bum and start falling over to my left side off the bridge.. but I tell myself « NOOOO » and manage to not fall off.


ORANGE TRAIL

CAR TRIP HOME

BED AT xx PM

 

DIAL  ~  FRIDAY, August 3rd 2012
#  29 / 46 // # 41 / 111
Day 1

HIKING  start at  8h15 am  to  ~  4h03 pm ~ 7,5 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs / 2 liters of Water, too much for today.
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x
WEATHER : VERY HOT : about 84° C,  and NO wind
 

 

GREEN Trail via Bear Den It is WAY too hot today, and yesterday I didn't get to rest as much as I would have need to.. at least that's what I think is the reason that I found this trail sooo hard. . I ask Gaby to take the Tarp, he also takes my extra water.. thanks!  and that little less weight makes it endurable. I tell myself a couple of times that it is these times, when we find the up-trail really difficult but stick to doing the best we can.. that we get stronger, both physically and mentally.

 

BED AT xxh00  at T-Max-n-Topo's  Hostel

 

STREET  & NYE  ~  SATURDAY, August 4th 2012
#  30 - 31 / 46 // # 42 + 43  / 111
Day 2 & back up to STREET  lol That's # 31 / 46 !

HIKING  start at  8H35 AM to  ~  9 hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~18 lbs / 3,0 liters of Water to start with and refill going down
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
 
WEATHER : VERY HOT : about 84° C,  
with at times a little breeze that is soooo good.

Above : the Street Mountain is at the left, yet the summit is 50 feet before the Lookout.. we even went up twice to find the marker and make sure we got it right. Good call Gaby !

Left : First part of trail is mostly "Hurdles" lol I've never seen such a "clean" trail, with so many fallen trees to go over, like if they've been left there on purpose.

Right: after a 9 hour hike.. you have one happy lady :)

UP to STREET lookout
DOWN to NYE
LUNCH : Bejgli & Green tea
UP to STREET PEAK
DOWN

BUYING  : "46 to ONE, A Journal" Maybe I'll write that journal in french .. for my son and grandaughters..

CAR TRIP HOME

 

BACKPACK IN  ~  SATURDAY, September 1st 2012
Day 1

CAR TRIP to Adirondack Park, NY 
departure : 6 AM
Google maps says : ?? Km, 3h00 minutes

 ORANGE TRAIL via 40
 

From P to (2nd camping on Gill Brook Trail) via Gill Cut off (40)
START AT  9H10 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  -h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
:  40 lbs
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

FISH HAWK CLIFF AND INDIAN HEAD LOOP  RED TRAIL
with Gabriel
HIKING  start at  XX am  to  ~  XX pm ~ XXhours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs / 2 liters of Water,
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x
 

BED AT ?? PM !! LOL Camping

 

SAWTEETH  ~  SUNDAY, September 2nd 2012
#  32 / 46 // # 44  / 111
Day 2 That's # 32 / 46 !!

HIKING  start at  XX am  to  ~  XX pm ~ XXhours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs / 3,5 liters of Water, B
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x
 

Left : OUTLOOK # 4 : "Why do it in a day, when we can take three days ?" mls
Center : Marble Point : The fire that kept us from doing Sawteeth this summer.
Right : Arm's length collection, with Basin , that is still on our "to do" list.

Over Indian Head, down to Bridge over Dam, Scenic/Steep Trail up (36) and Easy down.(35) Lake Road and Gill Cutoff back to camp. Stop at all lookouts.

BED AT xxh00 

 

BACKPACK OUT  ~  MONDAY, September 3rd 2012
Day 3

HIKING  start at  XX AM to  ~  X hours
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~X lbs / X liters of Water
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x

Breakfast with Mosa & Johnny from Vermont at the "dinner" (river) . Johnny was a ranger in Montana and seems to have alot of expercience hiking./ Gabriel and I talk alot about coming back to do the east and west river trails (26 & 28) when we'll have finished the 46 high peaks .. and re do the Gill Brook trail  and the Rainbow Falls as well when the water is high. With the Indian Head loop, it can be a nice day.
 

Stove fuel : 3,5 oz per person / per day.. ??
Cold water meals!

CAR TRIP HOME

 

SUNDAY, June 23rd 2013

MOUNT MADISON, New Hampshire, USA
# 11 / 48 // # 45  / 111
UP : Airline,
DOWN : 
Valley Way and Brookside

With Gabriel

We did NOT go up nor down "Chemin des Dames". We wanted to see what King Ravine was like, but this was not the day. The forcast was for clearing in the afternoon but Thunderstorms at 14h00 .. and we chose to be safe hiking down, and not wait around for the skies to clear. I guess we'll just have to come back.

HIKING  start 6 h 30 AM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : 21 lbs
ALTITUDE    5366 ft
ELEVATION GAIN     ft
TOTAL LENGTH  
mi.
TOTAL TIME   8h45
TEMPERATURE at the top:   Wow!  beautiful sunshine, no wind! No need to Layer up!

UP
Airline, passed Madison Hut to Madison summit.
4h00 mins  / 1307 calories / 40% fat / AveHR 127 76% / MaxHR 149  89% / 2h34 mins inZone
SNACK  14 mins
DOWN TO HUT
1h05 mins  / 220 calories / 60% fat / AveHR 99 59% / MaxHR 118  71% / 0 mins inZone
MADISON HUT and DOWN to ---
1h06 mins  / 223 calories / 60% fat / AveHR 99 59% / MaxHR 112  67% / 0 mins inZone 

SNACK  12 mins
DOWN, including Snack and clean-up
2h02 mins  / 371 calories / 60% fat / AveHR 94 56% / MaxHR 111  66% / 0 mins inZone

 

Car trip home

 

BACKPACK IN  ~  MONDAY, July 15th 2013
Day 1
Get up at 5 am


 .

From Garden Parking  to Bushnell Leanto # 1
START AT  7h20 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  3h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
:  39 lbs
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

Since we're so early at the Leanto, Gabriel suggests we do the Haystacks today. Excellent call!

 

HAYSTACK  ~ (banner pic, view from the top) 
#  33 / 46
//  # 46  / 111


with Gabriel
HIKING  start at  11h00 am  to  ~  6h30 pm
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 22 lbs / 3.5 liters of Water, and check out where we can fill up tomorrow.
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x
Wiki : "
One of the most famous elements of Haystack is the infamous "Devil's Half Mile". This stretch, which is technically three-quarters mile (1.2 km), is the extremely steep last stretch of the trail."

We meet Aspiring HP Queen and Fiddlehead (from ADKHighPeakForums) at the Summit.
 

top : some of the trail was more climing than hiking.. love it.

bottom : The Backpack in is the red line and the hike to and from Haystack is the blue line.

BED AT 8h00  at Bushnell Leanto #1 but only fall asleep around 10h30 (my usual time)

 

BASIN and SADDLEBACK  ~  TUESDAY, July 16th 2013
#  34 + 35  / 46 // # 47 + 48  / 111
Day 2

HIKING  start at  7h15 AM to  ~ 4h30 pm  9h15mins
WEIGHT OF PACSAC :~ 22 lbs Start with just 1,5 liters of water 'cause we know we can fill up at Slant Rock.
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x

Go up the shortcut to Basin, the Saddleback "Wall" worried me but was just fine. I guess we do have quite a bit of experience, Gabriel and I, scrambling and stuff. Maybe we're ready for Mount Washington's Huntington Ravine.
 

The loop for Basin and Saddleback is in Yellow and we did it counter-clockwise.

 

 

BACKPACK OUT  ~  WEDNESDAY, July 17th 2013
Day 3

 as we came up on July 15th Bushnell Leanto #1 to Garden parking
START AT
  10H00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  3h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: ~ 36 lbs
ALTITUDE :

DESSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

BUSHNELL FALLS 

a MUST SEE at least when the weather is beautiful  , We were going to do this on the day we hiked in but put it off to today do do Haystack instead. good call.
PACSAC : use only the top of my pack and hook my waterbottle on the side. works very well and is very comfortable.

The Bushnell Falls are just across the trail and down from the leanto. The hike out is the red line.

CAR TRIP HOME

 

BACKPACK IN  ~  MONDAY, July 22nd 2013
Day 1
Get up at 5 am


.

From ADK Lodge  to Feldspar Leanto ORANGE on the map
START AT  7h00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  4h10
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
:  42 lbs
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

See picture of floating bridge on July 23 rd..

ACHES & PAINS : my pack is Too heavy and my hip strap is mal ajusted, I actually develop 2 kysts! one on each side of my lower back, My right side is worse..

 

 

 

SKYLIGHT & GRAY  ~
#  36 - 37 / 46 // #  49 + 50  / 111

BLUE on the map

HIKING  start at  11h45 am  to  ~  5h30 pm
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 19 lbs / lots of water available all along
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x

We m

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BED AT 8h00  at b

 

BACKPACK  OUT  ~  TUESDAY, July 23rd 2013
Day 2
as we came
START AT  10H00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  5h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: ~ 36 lbs
ALTITUDE :

DESSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

NOTE TO SELF : Bear Kegs are NOT rainproof!

ACHES & PAINS : Gaby took the tent poles in his pack and I carry less water, but my kysts really hurt until about an hour and a half before the end of the trail ( Avalanche Pass) when I finally take the time to re-adjust my hip belt, but only manage to make it better, not perfect. At the end of the hike I manage to put it à the settings 4-4 that I would have needed all the time..

Hiking in yesterday the Floating bridge was "OK", but on the way back today, with 12 hours of rain and higher water level.. ouch.. definitely out of our comfort zone, my reaction was " I'm scared, this is not what I signed up for" but I made it through, and gained more experience.

CAR TRIP HOME 

BED AT 10h30 PM

 

BACKPACK IN  ~  SUNDAY, August 4th 2013
CAR TRIP to Upper Works near Newcomb in the Adirondack Park, NY 
departure : 5h30 AM
Google maps says :
268 km, 3 heures 27 min, I-87 S, plus we stop for Breakfast at Friendly's

Day 1
 
near Newcomb,NY

.

From UPPER WORKS  to Beaver Point Leanto, on Lake Colden RED LINE
START AT   am
BACKPACKING  time : ~
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: 38  lbs / Water: 1,5 liters
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

 

 

Extra walk on the Flowed Lands for about 1h30 mins. I cross the river almost at the end  but can't find a clear herd trail, so we turn all the way back. With my feet so wet, I have to admit that I'm cold. I don't know why I didn't take the time to change into my water sandals.

BED AT 9h30 PM
 

 

CLIFF & REDFIELD  ~  MONDAY, August 5th 2013
#  38 - 39 / 46 //  # 51 + 52  / 111
Day 2
BLUE LINES
 HIKING  start at   AM to  ~  0 pm 
WEIGHT OF PACSAC :~ 22 lbs
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x

Go

 

I wanted to hike in shorts.. but the early morning was too cool, so I wore over them, for the first time, my new hiking skirt that I made for the bottom section my Gabriel's hiking Pants .. you know.. the kind that has a zipper to make shorts, and the top always gets worn-out long before the bottoms parts. I really loved my skirt, and it was so easy to take it off when the weather warmed up enough to be in shorts.

 

 

 

MARSHALL  ~  TUESDAY, August 6th 2013
#  40 / 46 // # 53  / 111
Day 3

40/46 YELLOW LINE

HIKING  start at 
WEIGHT OF PACSAC :~ 22 lbs Start
ALTITUDE :x
ASSENT  ~ x
TOTAL LENGTH   x

As I posted on the adkhighpeaks forum :  There is a place where we missed a brook crossing, and the herd path on the left side was very clear.. until at a big boulder, where it completely disappeard, as we were coming down to find another route we met an Assistant Ranger who had also taken the same path as us. We went up to the boulder again and she confirmed that there was no more trail there so we came down again.. we heard voices on the other side of the brook, talked to the guys comming down from Marshall, so we crossed the brook to the right (and "right" ) side and the rest was easy.
Later coming down, we saw where we had gone wrong, and saw 2 cairns at the crossing where the bad herd path continues on the left side. The cairn leading to the right side of the brook was really small, so we re-did it with much larger rocks, we also put a big branch and some smaller ones across the herd trail on the left side.

I'm not used to writing trip reports, I hope this is clear enough.. our mistake was mostly that we'd read so much the the herd path was easy and clear, that we followed the bad one too quickly
.
 

 

With Assistant Ranger Lesley near the top of Marshall

 

 

 

BACKPACK  OUT  ~  WEDNESDAY, August 7th 2013
Day 4

as we came RED LINE
START AT  am
BACKPACKING  time : ~
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: ~ s
ALTITUDE :

DESSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

NOTE TO SELF : Sometimes we are not lost, sometimes we are exactly where we're supposed to be.

Now THIS is surely the original ADK chair!

 

ACHES & PAINS : Larengitis and sinusite

CAR TRIP HOME 

BED AT 10h30 PM

 

SATURDAY,  July 12th 2014

KINSMAN NORTH, KINSMAN SOUTH & back over KINSMAN NORTH ..

# 12 + 13 / 48 // # 54 + 55   / 111
HIKING
  start 7h50 AM finish at 16h46..
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~16 lbs Gaby takes my extra water.. to slow him down and my bad right ITB  he ends up with cramps, but not because of the extra weight,
DENIVELATION  m.
TOTAL LENGTH  10 miles
TOTAL
TIME   about 9 hours
TEMPERATURE :
 27°C at the top.. but started out cool.
 

Lots of children and "tête blanches" on the trail. The children mostly between Lafayette campground and Lonesome Lake. We also see / talk to quite a few Through hikers doing the AT trail.

Since it's a "there and back" hike, we do North Kingsman twice, so it's a good practice for next week in the ADKs

Actually it's Lincoln & Lafayette in the Background, and really quite impressive. I should have taken a panorama view, but was quite tired and didn't think of it until too late.

BED AT 9h30 PM at Country Squire Motel, Littleton. Room #3

 

BACKPACK IN  ~   WEDNESDAY, July 16th 2014
Day 1

CAR TRIP to Adirondack Park, NY 
departure : 8 am
Google maps says : 198 Km, 2h43 minutes


  .

START AT
BACKPACKING  time : ~ 
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
:  36 lbs
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH : 2,3 miles

From Elk Lake parking  to Camping near Slide Brook Leanto ORANGE on the map

BED AT 9h00 PM LOTS of noise.. until about midnight coming from Leanto
at Campground near Slide Brook Leanto

 

MACOMB, SOUTH DIX, GRACE, HOUGH ~ THURSDAY, July 17th 2014
#  41 + 42 + 43 + 44 / 46 // # 56 + 57 + 58 + 59  / 111
Day 2
Get up at 6 am
 .that's 41-42-43-44 / 46

From Slide Brook Campground to MACOMB to SOUTH DIX, GRACE (formerly EAST DIX) , (back to South Dix) and then over to HOUGH, down Lilian Brook and back to campground near Slide Brook
START AT  7h00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~ 
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: ~20 lbs  4 liters of water, have 1,5 left over but it wasn't a hot/sunny day.
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

Above :
Backpacking IN
UP to Macomb, South Dix and Grace
OVER  to Hough
DOWN to camping
Backpacking  OUT

A lady hiking with her young son tells us that the clearest way to Hough from Grace is back up South Dix and just a very short distance after the summit take the trail to the right. We didn't yet have the map that shows the other trail, but it was all good. I like clear trails :) specially on herd paths lol

I think my motto for the day was "I've seen worse.." so all was good.

Fun & sandy  Macomb Slide

Nice 'n easy South Dix  scramble

.

 

Leaving my gaiters on my boots when I put them under the tent fly keeps the bugs away. I just have to fold the gaiters a little and the next morning it's much faster to put them on.

BED AT 9h00  at Slide Brook campground

 

BACKPACK OUT  ~  FRIDAY, July 18th 2014
Day 3
HIKE OUT as we came
START AT  10H00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: ~ 36 lbs
ALTITUDE :

DESSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

I recycle milk bags for alot of things, and now I put 1 cup muslix and 1/4 cup powdered skim milk, twist, fold and put an elastic as I usully do, and it's ready  for a quick breakfast. I just have to add 3/4 cups cold water and mix a little. When I'm finished, fold/roll it carefully and put the elastic back around the whole deal and pack it in the carry-out garbage.

CAR TRIP HOME 

 

BACKPACK IN  ~   MONDAY, July 21st 2014
Day 1

CAR TRIP to Adirondack Park, NY 
departure : 5:10 am
 

SUNDAY, August 4th 2013

CAR TRIP to Upper Works near Newcomb in the Adirondack Park, NY 
departure : 5h30 AM
Google maps says :
268 km, 3 heures 27 min, I-87 S, plus we stop at Price Choppers in Champlain for Salami and dried Abricots and for Breakfast at Friendly's



  .

START AT
BACKPACKING  time : ~ 
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC

ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH : 6,1 miles

From P to campground just into Wilderness Boundary

Backpacking IN and  (2 days later)  OUT
Trail # 123


The new ADK map shows that the Wilderness Boundry Extends much closer to Lake Sally than before. Doesn't change much for us but Niiice :)

Crossing the Opalescent river.. luckily it was very shallow and easy. In fact, we ate lunch on the rocks in the center.. a "No Fly Zone"

A dry tree stump, excellent to hang my backpack. Just a few minutes before, when it was on the ground there were tons of tiny red ants all over the part that touched the ground. Gaby used the tree stump as well for his pack.

 

BED AT 9h30 PM
at campground just inside State land

 

ALLEN  ~  TUESDAY, July 22nd 2014
#  45 / 46 // # 60 / 111
Day 2
Get up at 5 am
  .

From Campground to Mount Allen and back — that's 45/46
START AT  6h00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~ 
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: 20 lbs
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

Above : herd path on GPS
From the trail UP
to Allen and back
We have an extra bit at start and end to get to the campground.

 

Since it had been dry for a couple of days, the rocks were note too slippery, as we had heard it was real bad, but we still had to be careful. I just slipped once.. on probably the last slippery rock back down, just enough to wet my bottom. but it dried quite quickly.

BED AT 9h00 

 

BACKPACK OUT  ~  WEDNESDAY, July 23rd 2014
Day 3
 as we came
START AT  10H00 am
BACKPACKING  time : ~  h00
WEIGHT OF PALISADE PACSAC
: ~ 36 lbs
ALTITUDE :

DESSENT
TOTAL LENGTH  

 

ADK's wilderness.. Blowdown in the background.

CAR TRIP to TMAX's

BED AT 10h30 PM
at TMax-n-Topo's  Hostel 5046 Cascade Road (Route 73) Lake Placid 518-523-0123 http://tmax-n-topo.com/

 

ROCKY PEAK RIDGE  ~  FRIDAY, July 25th 2014
#  46 / 46 // # 61 / 111


Day 5
/ THAT'S 46/46 OF THE ADIRONDACK HIGH PEAKS !!!
from the east side 


START AT  5:08  am
BACKPACKING  time : 11h45  including stops
WEIGHT OF DEUTER PACSAC
: ~ 20 lbs - 4 liters of water
ALTITUDE :

ASSENT~  5000 Feet / 1500 m
TOTAL LENGTH   13,4 km / 22 km

The Mary-Louise Pond is really lovely.

above : From the New Russia Parking to RPR and back

below : Absolutely beautiful trail and much easier than we thought.

below : some fog in the distance

also banner picture!

CAR TRIP HOME

NOTE : On July 25th 2014 we finish the ADK 46 and decide to go on and do the White Mountains 48.
 

SATURDAY,  August 16th 2014

TRAVEL TO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE

2h30 PM car trip 3 hours 30 mins + 20 mins at customs
Get up at 4h30 am, our pacs are almost packed, take a light breakfast Leave at 5h05 AM, Eat cerial with powered milk at Shaws in Littleton, NH were we buy jerky and dried Abricots

MOUNT MOOSILAUKE finishing the 10 highest of the Whites that I wanted to do
# 14 / 48 //  # 62  / 111
HIKING  start : 9h05 AM  AM finish at 4h28 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 17 lbs / 2 l water.. Gaby pumps a liter comming down.,
ASCENT    3100 ft.
TOTAL LENGTH  7,6 miles
TOTAL
TIME   about 7,5 hours

UP including walkabout at Beaver Brook Shelter and lots of Pictures.
3h40
 mins  / AveHR  130 78% / MaxHR  157 93%  / 1357 cals / 40 % fat / 2h26  mins InZone (75%+)
Lunch and walkabout at the top
23 mins
Down

3h18
 mins  / AveHR  109 65% / MaxHR  142 85%  / 879 cals / 55 % fat / 15 mins InZone (75%+)

TEMPERATURE :
www.mountain-forecast.com : at the top : AM - PM
Sunny, 20-30 km/ h winds to the east. High 10-11°C / with chill factor = 7°C
but actually covered and almost rainy a good part of the day. the temps were about right.

Left : Warning Sign at the start of the Beaver Brook trail. It was not raining, yet most of the trail was wet and some parts were slippery.

Below  : Engineered steps  and Rebars for safety and keeping hikers on the trail instead of using roots and branches beside the trail to climb steeper sections..

Map : The Gorge Brook trail is more classic and much easier, I haven't hiked it.. maybe some winter ..

TRIP HOME

BED AT 9h30 PM

 

SUNDAY,  October 12th 2014

TRAVEL TO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE

4h30 AM car trip 3 hours 30 mins + (including 4 mins at customs)
Get up at 4h00 am, our pacs are already in the car. We eat light breakfast and leave at 4h30. at about 7h30 we eat cereals in the car.. Gaby has some trouble digesting at the start of the hike

MOUNT JACKSON  and Webster  loop
# 15 / 48 // #  63  / 111
HIKING  start : 8h00 AM  AM finish at 2h28 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 19 lbs including 3 liters of  water.. Come home with 1,5 l..
ASCENT    
TOTAL LENGTH   miles
TOTAL
TIME   about 6 hours including long stops and conversations


TEMPERATURE
cold but not windy until we get to the top of Jackson where we are in the clouds, and the wind is strong. The sun comes out by the time we get to Webster.

Aches & Pains : really feel my last two days of trainging.. quite glad that it was a moderate hike today. just perfect.

Left :
The red leaves had fallen, the yellow ones where still on the trees, but at the top of Mount Jackson, we couldn't see far so we looked closely at what was beautiful and rare. Just for these two pictures the hike was worth it!

Below : to Mount Jackson first, then over to Webster and back down.

TRIP HOME

BED AT 10h00 PM M+2 arrive later

 

SATURDAY,  July 3rd 2015

TRAVEL TO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE

5h200 AM car trip 3 hours   (including 10 mins at customs)
Get up at 4h20 am, our pacs are not quite ready. We eat light breakfast and leave at 5h20. at about 8h30h we eat cereals in the car.. I wasn't really hungry, follow my GPS, it's nice to have one.

MOUNT EISENHOWER  and FRANKLIN extra
# 16 / 48 // # 64 / 111
HIKING  start : 9h20 AM  AM finish at 5h30 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 19 lbs including 3 liters of  water.. Come home with 1,0 l..
ASCENT    from 1600 to 4700 for Eisenhower and then to 5001' for Franclin
TOTAL LENGTH   miles : 2,9 to Crawford Path, + 0,4 to Eisenhower + -1,5  to almost Monroe
TOTAL
TIME   about 7 1/2  hours including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE 15°C and sunny,

Aches & Pains : This is a test run and it's all good, but I'm very nervous about my right knee and wrist.

Up Edmonds Path to Mount Eisenhower then ofer to Mount Franklin, but we pass by it and it's only when I don't want to go up what I was told is Monroe, that we check the map and come back a little. The Trail up Franclin (almost flat at this point) is very inconspicuous. Down same as up. OUPS.. have to correct the map, near the top of Eisenhower I highlited the wrong path..we went up, of course, and not just along the bottom. lol

Nice view of Mount Washington and Monroe and in front, Franklin
On the way down, going around Eisenhower. What a beautiful day.

TRIP HOME

BED AT 9 h00 PM

 

MONDAY,  July 13th 2015

TRAVEL TO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE

5h200 AM car trip 3 hours   (including 5 mins at customs)
Get up at 4h00 am, our pacs are in the car. We eat light breakfast and leave at 4h30. at about 8h30h we eat cereals in the car..

Mount Moriah, NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 17 / 48 // #  65  / 111
HIKING  start : 8h15 AM finish at  3h00 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs including 4  liters of  water.. Come home with 1,5 l
ASCENT  from 800'  on Carter-Moriah Trail
TOTAL LENGTH   :4,5 miles
TOTAL TIME  6h40
hours including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE Warm. Heard thunder for about 45 mins, but only had a few drops of rain near the end of the hike. Just in time before the showers.

Aches & Pains : Th

 YELLOW

Lots of slabs, and some parts remind me of ADK  Rocky Peak Ridge.
On

BED AT 9 h00 PM at :Northern Peaks Motor Inn, Gorham. Room 18; with microwave oven and small fridge.

 

TUESDAY,  July 14th 2015

Mount Middle Carter and Mount South Carter, NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 18+19 / 48 // #  66 + 67  / 111
HIKING  start : 7h00  AM finish at  4h15 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 19 lbs including 4  liters of  water.. Come home with
ASCENT    from NH16 by Imp Trail from 1270'
TOTAL LENGTH    12,4 miles
TOTAL
TIME   about 9h15  hours including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE Quite a few times during the day we thought it would rain, so we put the pac covers on but it was very warm.

Below : ORANGE Trail, I didn't want to go by the other IMP trail to keep things easy, since I'm still testing my knee.

Below : It only took me 2,5 minutes to do the U trail to get to where I took this photo. Gaby was 100 % right.. distances are difficult to judge.

 

BED AT 8h00 PM at : Northern Peaks Motor Inn, Gorham. Room 18; with microwave oven and small fridge.

 

WEDNESDAY,  July 15th 2015

Mount Hale, NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 20 / 48 // # 68  / 111
HIKING  start : 11h30  AM finish at 3h00  PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 18 lbs including  3 liters of  water.. Come home with
ASCENT   by the Hale Brook trail from Zealand Road. from 1770'
TOTAL LENGTH   miles : 4,4 miles
TOTAL
TIME   3h30 hours including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE Rain starting at 3 AM until about 10 AM. so we changed our plans to do a hike mostly in the afternoon.

Aches & Pains : Th

there's another trail comming from the other side that is much easier. but the trail we did was still considered a moderate one.

No view point at the top and a Boy's camp all over the place made it quite a different lunch place than usual. but it was ok.

BED AT 9h30 PM at : Northern Peaks Motor Inn, Gorham. Room 18; with microwave oven and small fridge.

 

THURSDAY,  July 16th 2015

Mount Hight and Mount Carter Dome, NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 21 / 48 (Carter Dome) // # 69  / 111
HIKING  start : 7h00  AM finish at 4h15 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 17 lbs including  3,5 liters of  water.. Come home with  1,5 l
ASCENT    from NH16 via Nineteen Mile Brook Trail  and Carter Dome trail, and Mount Hight.
TOTAL LENGTH   about 10 miles : including Mount Hight and Carter Notch Hut
TOTAL
TIME   about 9h15mins  including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE Beautiful, Sunny and cool!

Aches & Pains : Th

This is my Blue period in photography..

 

PINK Trail

Part of our ARMS LENGTH collection started loooong before selfies existed.

TRIP HOME

BED AT 9 h00 PM

 

TUESDAY,  July 21st 2015

TRAVEL TO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE

4h20 AM car trip 3,5 hours   (including 5 mins customs )
Get up at 3h30 am, our pacs are in the car. We eat light breakfast and leave at 4h20. at about 6h30h we eat cereals in the car..

Mount Garfield, NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 22 / 48 // # 70  / 111
HIKING  start : 7h40 AM finish at  PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs including 4  liters of  water.. Come home with 1,5 l
ASCENT   by Garfield Trail
TOTAL LENGTH   10 miles
TOTAL
TIME   about  6h40 including stops

TEMPERATURE Hot and humid but nice on top.

Luckily there were quite a few Switchbacks

Gaby forgot his camera's memory card and had to use the internal memory but managed to take some great pictures of me ;)

 BED AT 9 h00 PM at :Northern Peaks Motor Inn, Gorham. Room 16; with microwave oven and small fridge.

 

WEDNESDAY,  July 22nd 2015

North Twin, South Twin, NEW HAMPSHIRE = 24!!
# 23+24 / 48 //  # 71 + 72  / 111
HIKING  start : 7h15  AM finish at 4h50  PM
Get up at 5h30 AM, leave the Motor Inn at 6h30.
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs including  3 liters of  water.. Come home with
ASCENT   by North Twin Trail
TOTAL LENGTH   miles : 11,2
TOTAL
TIME   about 9h40 including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE : Perfect! (says Gaby :)

Aches & Pains : Th

ther

I can't follow where Gaby goes since he's just a little taller than me.

I had the chance to practice walking in the river with my KEEN Women's Clearwater CNX Sandal. There are three crossings, the 3rd one is easy. On the way up I crossed in the water on the 2nd crossing only, but on the way down, I kept my Keen  sandals from the 2nd crossing to the end since I knew the terrain was mostly soft.

BED AT 9h30 PM at : Northern Peaks Motor Inn, Gorham. Room 16; with microwave oven and small fridge.

 

THURSDAY,  July 23rd 2015

Mounts Tom, Field and Willey, NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 25 + 26 + 27 / 48 // # 73 + 74 + 75  / 111
HIKING  start : 7h15 AM  finish at 4  PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 18 lbs including  3 liters of  water.. Come home with 1,5 liters
ASCENT   Avalon Trail to A-Z Trail, down by Mount Avalon 
TOTAL LENGTH   9.8 miles :
TOTAL
TIME   about 8h45 including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE More clouds than we expected but cleared around noon

Aches & Pains : Th

No Trail sign at the very begining, really just across the tracks, behind the Information Center.

Easy to guess that I'm at the start of the trail, rested, relaxed and happy. Use this as my FB pic.

S.R. I'd love to see the pictures she takes.

TRIP HOME

BED AT 10h30 PM

 

MONDAY,  August 10th 2015

TRAVEL TO
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE

4h20 AM car trip 3,5 hours   (including 5 mins customs )
Get up at 3h30 am, our pacs are in the car. We eat light breakfast and leave at 4h20. at about 6h30h we eat cereals in the car..

 

North Conway, NH today : First Light : 5:11 / Sunrise 5:43 / Sunset 7:56 / Last Light 8:28

Mount Hancock & South Hancock, NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 28+29 / 48 //  # 76 + 77  / 111
HIKING  start : 7h47 AM finish at 3h48  PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs including x  liters of  water.. Come home with x l
ASCENT   by G Trail
TOTAL LENGTH    miles
TOTAL
TIME   about  7

TEMPERATURE

Aches & Pains : Th

Lu

planned BED AT 9 h00 PM at : White Mountain Hostel, 36 Washington Street, Conway, NH

 

WEDNESDAY,  August 12th 2015

East Osceola, Mount Osceola,  NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 30+31 / 48 // # 78 + 79  / 111
HIKING  start : 6h56 AM finish at 14h54 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 20 lbs including x  liters of  water.. Come home with x l
ASCENT   by G Trail
TOTAL LENGTH    miles
TOTAL
TIME   about  7

TEMPERATURE

Aches & Pains : Th

 
 

planned BED AT 9 h00 PM at :White Mountain Hostel, 36 Washington Street, Conway, NH

 

THURSDAY,  August 13th 2015:

Mounts Bondcliff,  Bond & West Bond , NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 32, 33 + 34 / 48 //  # 80 + 81 + 82   / 111
HIKING  start : 5h00 AM finish at 19h40 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 21 lbs including 3,5 liters of  water.. (Gaby pumps me another l on the way back while we eat supper.
ASCENT   by G Trail
TOTAL LENGTH   22,1  miles
TOTAL
TIME   14 hours 40 minutes!

TEMPERATURE

Aches & Pains : Th

 

Lu

on Facebook : .. oui oui.. moi aussi quand j'avais vu la photo du livre ( AMC White Mountains Guide, 27th edition ) je pensais que c'était une grosse plateforme. lol et en plus.. sur le livre la personne n'est pas allé aussi loin que nous!

Il y avait des bourrasques de vent, pas très fort, mais assez pour inquiéter.. le vent venait VERS la montagne, mais comme je devais me pencher DANS le vent pour ne pas me faire pousser par le vent, je devais faire attention à ne pas continuer à me pencher vers le vide quand la bourrasque arrêtait!

planned BED AT 9 h00 PM at :White Mountain Hostel, 36 Washington Street, Conway, NH

 

FRIDAY,  August 14th 2015

Mount Tecumseh, NEW HAMPSHIRE
# 35 / 48 //  # 83  / 111
HIKING  start : 11h26 am AM finish at 16h46 PM
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~ 18 lbs including 2,5  liters of  water.. Come home with 1l.
ASCENT   by Tipoli Road Trail .
TOTAL LENGTH    6,2 miles
TOTAL
TIME   5h20

TEMPERATURE 21° C at start, and luckily it goes down at least a litte.. t0 18°C

Aches & Pains : Th

at 1h20 mins from Conway, but the other trail head is at 1h40..and anyways, after doing the Bonds yesterday.. a nice steady climb is better that an all out steep one.

Ga

Trip Home

 

SATURDAY,  September 5th 2015

Mount Abraham & Mount Ellen, Vermont my order # 3 + 4 / 21 // #  84 + 85   / 111
HIKING  start : 7h20 AM (1h20 from camping site)
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~21  lbs including  4 liters of  water..
ASCENT  
TOTAL LENGTH  12.6  miles : miles
TOTAL
TIME   8h30  hours including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE 15°C excellent.

 

.HA HA HA! I read that it was Early-Black-Bear and Grey-Squirrel hunting season since September 1st, so I didn't want to ask myself if hunters would see me.. lol

There were something like 5 little nobs between the 2 peaks. Bring Sally Up.. Bring Sally Down !

Abraham has a nice view.. including Camel's Hump and Mansfield which we see a number of times Along the way

BED AT 9h30 PM at : GIFFORD WOODS STATE PARK Lean-to : Birch

 

SUNDAY,  September 6th 2015

Mount Killington, Vermont 5/5 and North East 86/115  my order # 5 / 21 //  # 86  / 111
HIKING  start :  7h30  finish at  16h15
WEIGHT OF PACSAC : ~21  lbs including  4 liters of  water.
ASCENT   from MI 500 of AT :
TOTAL LENGTH   11,4 miles : miles
TOTAL
TIME    hours including long stops and conversations

TEMPERATURE 12-21° C. beautiful sunny, a little warm day.

Aches & Pains : Th

 

Upper Road n'est pas nécessairement un endroit publicisé pour commencer.. une chance, car il y a seulement UNE place pour stationner ( à mi-chemin entre le pont et le sentier), et le sentier n'est pas très indiqué sur la route.

 

Three guys doing the Long Trail South to north. They plan on doing it in 3 weeks and seemed quite curious about their first 4000-footer.. Killington, just ahead. I was sorry to say that the view from the top didn't impress me that much, but alot of people found it beautiful. I said it depends on what else you've seen in your life.

CAR TRIP HOME

BED AT 9h30 PM

 

FRIDAY, May 20th 2016
Car trip to the Northern-most 4000 footer in the Whites :
See a deer in the morning and a moose coming hone.

Mount Cabot, White Mountains,
# 36 / 48 //  # 87  / 111
With Gabriel
HIKING  start 8h41 am  // Finish at 4h45 PM
18 km
TEMP :
10-15°C and sunny

From Mill Brook Road
UP TO THE HORN
3h04 mins  AveHR  133  80% / MaxHR  153  92%  / 1766 cals / 35 % fat / 2h23 mins InZone (75%+)
LUNCH 10 mins
UP TO THE
MOUNT CABOT
1h12 mins  AveHR  129  78% / MaxHR  146  88%  / 655 cals / 40 % fat / 45 mins InZone (75%+)
SNACK 8 mins
DOWN INCLUDING SNACK AT Unknown Pond
3h37 mins  AveHR  108 65% / MaxHR  146  88%  / 1430 cals / 55 % fat / 45 mins InZone (75%+)

Tear a little the skin on my left knee, climbing to the top bolders of the Horn. Gaby says that I don't seem quite as sure of myself as usually, and it's true.. my legs are almost shaking at times from being tired. But the 360° view on a sunny day with snow still on Mount Washington, and a good view of The Buldge and Mount Cabot is worth it. It's the best place to have lunch.

Aches & Pains  : Just weak and tired.. I think my training this year isn't as effective as it was with A.M. Gabriel takes one of my hydration packs, and I feel better but still it's  difficult.

Above :There are alot of snow / blue ice spots and while I think my left foot is firmly set on one of them, when I push off to take a step I slip, don't quite fall, but bend my left hiking pole.  Map : Gaby's GPS trace is actually à little different than the map, and the trail is very visible  but there are very few markers in the trees. Below : I have no idea what I'm talking about but this looked like a "Moose nest" where a cow and her calfs could lay down. There was ALOT of moose scat all along the trail, some quite fresh. Too many branches on the ground for it to be a campground.


BED AT 10h30 PM

 

SATURDAY,  July 2nd 2016

Mount Zealand, White Mountains,
# 37 / 48 //  #  88   / 111
With Gabriel
HIKING  start 9h20 am  // Finish at 18h20 PM lots of chatting with interesting people
18 km
TEMP :
14-15°C and good winds, but we're in the forest all the time.

From Zealand Road parking. 3$

We had done Hale from the other parking so I was feeling at home in these parts. The first part of the trail, almost all the way to the hut was really easy. We saw a little family with 4-5 year old start just before us. I think many people go to the hut the first day, explore the second and come back the third, but still to do it with litte kids is a whole sport of a differnet kind.

From the hut to the summit was more interesting and we talked to alot of hikers.

Right : Gabriel uses the bottom half of his hiking pole's handle to "Foam Roll" his quads. This part of the handle is usually just to get a good grasp of the pole when we want to hold it lower than usual for a short time. Aches & Pains  : My left quands hurt at various times during the ascent. Some times very sunddenly and so much that I let out a yelp of pain. Hikiing Pole Foam rolling helps.My right knee hurts during the last hour of the hike.

Below : View from the Zealand lookout, a ways before arriving to Zealand where there is noting to see. the Mounain ahead is Carrigain, where we plan to finish the NH 48

BED AT 10h30 PM

 

SATURDAY,  July 9th 2016
Happy 64th birthday my brother :)

Mount Galehead, White Mountains,
# 38 / 48 // #  89  / 111
With Gabriel
HIKING  start 8h52 am Finish at 3h43 pm
10.2 miles / 18 km  /
Elevation: 1226 m
TEMP :
14°C and rainy

3
h26 mins / AveHR  120  72% / MaxHR  150 90 %  / 1664 cals / 45 % fat / 1h17  mins InZone (75%+)
down to hut
18
 mins / AveHR  112  67% / MaxHR  140 84 %  / 131 cals / 55 % fat / 2  mins InZone (75%+)
26 mins lunch
down
2h40 mins / AveHR  105  70% / MaxHR  138 85 %  / 1012 cals / 55 % fat / 3  mins InZone
(75%+)

 

When you can't see far.. you have to look at what is close.

 

LEFT :I was looking forward to the two river crossings but noticed the blocked trail and easily guessed that they had changed the route.

BELOW:Forecast from Summit weather   / It rained more and it was warmer.

BED AT 10h30 PM

 

TUESDAY, July 19th 2016
Day 2

North Brother  Banner Picture is the Knife Edge, viewed from North Brother.   my order # 6 / 21 //  #  90 / 111
with Gabriel
HIKING  time : ~ 8 hours
PACSAC : Deuter Futura 50+ 10 Vario
WEATHER  :
ALTITUDE :
4151' / x m
TOTAL LENGTH    Miles

talked with Audrey (park ranger) / un couple québécois on the trail, at RB campground with Bob who's wife was doing a 4 day BP trip. and Jim & Jen who were with hamocks on camp #10.

 

Up and Down

BED AT 8h30 PM Camping  Baxter State Park / Roaring Brook Walk-In  Lean-to #11

 

WEDNESDAY, July 20th 2016
Day 3

on Katahdin : towards Baxter Peak 
but too windy STOP at 4 000 Feet altitude

with Gabriel and for about 2 hours with Jim Shields (JPS Mountain Adventures)   & Jen.
HIKING  time : ~ 6  hours
PACSAC : Deuter Futura 28AC
WEATHER  :
ALTITUDE :
Baxter : 5268'
TOTAL LENGTH    Miles

Talked with : Jim & Jen who started out 40 mins before us but waited because of the wind, and came down. / girl & John, her "going on 80" years old grandfather / 3 guys who also came down because of the wind.

BLUE LINE to 4000' : too windy to summit

LEFT: It was fun until it lasted

BUT in hiking "be prepared" also means "be prepared to turn back". and 45-50 mph winds kept us wise. After long discussions, and lots of thoughts, at 4000' we sadly turned back. // more on this later.

planned BED AT 10h30 PM Camping  Baxter State Park / Roaring Brook Walk-In  Lean-to #11

 

THURSDAY, July 21th 2016
Day 4

Talked with Ranger Rob who said yesterday's winds on KE were in the "Upper 40s" miles per hour.
 

Kathadin Hamlin Peak   my order # 7 / 21 // # 91  / 111
with Gabriel
HIKING  time : ~  11 hours
:
WEATHER  :  It would have been a good day to do the Knife Edge, but we were still troubled by yesterday's failure and wanted to be sure to "summit" today (as sure as we can be) and since we'd still have to come back to do Hamlin Peak, we decide to do it  today, and come back maybe in 2 years to finish the 115 with Baxter Peak.
 

ALTITUDE : 4756
'

NICE SURPRISE : UN-NAMED SPRING NEAR TOP OF HAMLIN and CARIBOO SPRING on the way to Saddle trail.

Talked with a father & son from Montreal ( originally from Slovenia) . Gaby had met them yesterday. / I talk too much.

LEFT :

 

BELOW :

 

RED LINE

 
TOTAL LENGTH    Miles

BED AT 10h30 PM Camping  Baxter State Park / Roaring Brook Lean-to #8

 

TUESDAY, July 26th 2016
Day 1

CAR TRIP to the WHITE MOUNTAINS, NH. Gabriel's car :  TROUBLE!

Mount Waumbek
# 39 / 48 // # 92  / 111
with Gabriel
HIKING  time : ~ 5h15 mins : 9h54 to 15h08
Length : 7,2 miles + up & down for the parking
WEATHER  :  I
 

ALTITUDE :

LEFT : Car problems (spark plug coil #3)  on the highway near Littleton. White Mountains Transmission Garage in Bethlehem. We were all ready to do the Wildcats today, but had to change our plans since we were getting on the trail quite late.

BELOW : Park on the road because there's a spot the car can't go over.

In the evening at the Hostel talk alot with Bob & Leon, not regular hikers but are going to do Mount Washington tomorrow, Billy from Maine, who hikes alot, Xenia from Moscow  and Doug and Mark

BED AT 10h30 PM at : White Mountain Hostel, 36 Washington Street, Conway, NH room #6 new bed but not much more.

 

WEDNESDAY, July 27th 2016
Day 2

Wildcat, D& E,  and Wildcat A
# 40+41 / 48 // # 93 + 94  / 111
with Gabriel
HIKING  time : ~ 9  hours
Length : ~10 miles
WEATHER  :  Warm and sunny, not much wind on the trail, but a light breez on the ski trail.
 

ALTITUDE  : NOTE : 2018-08-10 :
I don't know why but on the applications for the NH 4000 club and the NE 111s it's not the same Peak that is listed.  NH 4000 club it's the D peak and on the NE 111s, it's the E peak. Anyways, we dit E once and D twice on the same day. So it's all good.

LEFT : Climbing to the E peak and all along the trail we see quite a few AT Hikers. Some with day packs lent by the hostel they're staying at who also gave them a ride to the begining of the section, some with fully loaded packs. During the climb I think a number of times of the AT Hikers with fully loaded packs who climb this way.. that would be too much for me these days, I'd have to stop way too often.

ABOVE : A well-deserved lunch spot with Carter Notch Hut down in the valley (highlighted)

BELOW : From Pinkham Notch so as not to wonder about the Ellis river crossing, and also to have a little "warm-up" before the climb. Wildcats E-D-C-B-A-B-C-D and down the Ski Trail. Then Gaby goes get the car while I wait at the restaurant. ~ 30 mins.

BED AT 11h30 PM at : White Mountain Hostel, 36 Washington Street, Conway, NH

 

TUESDAY, August 2nd 2016

Day 1

4h30 AM : CAR TRIP to Maine

Mount  Bigelow Avery Peak & West  Bigelow    my order # 8 + 9 / 21 //  # 95 + 96  / 111
with Gabriel singing "Climb Avery Mountain.."
HIKING  time : ~  mins :
Length :  miles
WEATHER  :  beautiful sunny, 18°C

BELOW : I loose the bottom section of one of my hiking poles, coming down from Avery towards the car.

BED AT 9h30 PM
Herbert Grand Hotel, upgraded to room 312, Kingfield, ME, supper at Longfellow Restaurant across the street.

 

WEDNESDAY, August 3rd 2016

Day 1

My car (Hyundai Accent 2013) :  last 1/2 mile very difficult because my car is low, and the road is bad!!

Mount Abraham Maine   my order # 10 / 21 // # 97 / 111
with Gabriel
HIKING  time : ~ 7h10 mins / start at: 8h00
Length :  miles
WEATHER  :  A little on the warm side.. but nice / hardly a breeze on top, don't even need to put on a shirt, even though I'm drenched in sweat from the climb.

Join the FB "NE 111ERS club" "Hello, Bonjour ! I'm starting to believe I'll make it. It's my husband, Gabriel GagMan Guénette 's aim.. but I'm ready and willing. We're 46ers #8433 and #8434.. and at 41/48 ; 0/2 ; 5/5 ; 5/10 so 97/115 . I have a Fitness Log where I'm tracking the adventure .. It doesn't necessairly give much information, but shares how I'm doing and what I've learned : Marykaa/hikes Timoty Thivierge thanks for organising this club, I'm sure to love reading how everyone is doing. "

LEFT :

BELOW : The trail is really devided into 2 parts "A walk in the park" and "The Climb"

CAR TRIP HOME first half mile VERY BAD / Thanks Gabriel for your patience and care in driving.
BED AT 10h30 PM

 

FRIDAY,  September 2nd 2016
Day 1

CAR TRIP to Lincoln Wood Center
departure : 9h30 AM / 1 hour wait at Stanstead  Border Crossing.
lunch at: The Parson's Corner

BACKPACK IN 2,9 mi, 1h10min
from Lincoln Forest visitor Center at 15h00
to Franconia Brook East Tentsite
 

Blue line, on road only  

Too easy on easy road. Too many dogs...

At tentsite :

places are grouped together.

No plants between spots but alot of trres.

We have bear canisters so don't need the bear box.

Many non-hikers.

A guy & his nephew try-out their hammocs near us.

2 Montrealer Girls living in Massachussets at site #18

 

 

BED AT 8h00 PM Camping  Franconia Brook East Tentsite #16

 

SATURDAY,  September 3rd 2016
Day 2

Owl's Head Mountain,  NE 98/115
# 42 / 48 //  # 98  / 111
With Gabriel
HIKING  start 7h10 am Finish at 4h25 pm
12.6 miles
TEMP :
9°C -> 17° Sunny
water 2 ½ liters

ABOVE Crossing the Pemigewasset early morning was "refreshing" no need for coffee to wake up!

My left leg shakes from Wednesday & Thursday's Work-outs as I put my hiking boots back on.

RIGHT meet a "red line" hiker for the first time!  That is he is doing all the trails on the map!

PINK line UP and DOWN

ABOVE Lots of stream crossings. easy approach for 3 hours before loose rock slide //  no view on summit but wonderful view of Lincoln-Lafayette from the slide

BED AT 8h00 PM Camping  Franconia Brook East Tentsite  #16 ALOT of hikers at campground arriving at all hours of the evening.

SUNDAY,  September 4th 2016  DO Bondcliff (again) In the longrun I want do have a separate date for each of the 48 White Mountain High Peaks, so since we did the 3 Bonds at once, we did just Bondcliff this time and plan to go back and do one of the other via Guyot.. some day.. but today doesn't count for the 48 since we've already done all three Bonds.

 

MONDAY,  September 5th 2016
Day 4

BACKPACK OUT
from Franconia Brook East Tentsite
to Lincoln Forest visitor Center at 11h40

Blue line, via Pine Island Trail  

 

 

 

Lazy morning packing

Leave campground at 10 am.

 

 

Pine Island Trail is not longer but it is a trail, not a road. nice.

CAR TRIP home
departure : 12h00 AM /
lunch at: Subway at Loon Mountain Ski Slopes
10 mins at North Troy Border Crossing.
home at 5h10 PM

BED AT 10h30 PM AT HOME

 

 

 

FRIDAY, October 7th 2016

CAR TRIP to Pine Bend Brook Parking.
departure : 4h26 AM / boarder officer just asks "What trail are you doing?, when are you coming back? Is there anything that you might be leaving in the States? " and we're on our way.

North and Middle Tripyramids,  NE99 and 100 / 115
# 43+44 / 48 // # 99 + 100  / 111
With Gabriel
HIKING  start 8h05 am Finish at 4h55 pm
9,7 miles Good climb near the top. Easy down
including banner picture afternoon break
TEMP :
5°C -> 16° Sunny
water 4 liters / Gaby carries up 2 of those because I don't feel well. I brought alot of water so that I could drink as much as I want because I have a bad cough and sore throat. Thanks alot Gaby, It's good to know that I can always count on you.

ABOVE LEFT This canNOT be natural and we wonder how long ti has been there by the trail.   ABOVE RIGHT Sabbaday Falls, touristic but a very nice surprise.

We were going to do an "up & down" on the Pine Bend Brook trail but after talking to 2 guys from NH we decide doing the loop might be nicer. Kevin is at 42/48. and we end up talking with them a number of times. He gives us ins about Isolation, I talk about Flume&Liberty.

CAR TRIP home
BED AT 10h00 PM

 

SATURDAY, October 15th 2016

CAR TRIP to the Whites
departure : 4h30 AM / bo

Mount Passaconaway  NE 101 / 115
# 45 / 48 // # 101  / 111
With Gabriel - in all we see about 20 people, talk to quite a few of them.
HIKING  start 8h30 am Finish at 5h00 pm / took our time, it's such a beautiful day.
7,9 miles Good climb near the top
but the rest is easy
TEMP :
-2°C -> 16° Sunny
water 3 liters / NEW BOOTS : LOVE THEM

ABOVE LEFT The little extra is worth the effort.   ABOVE RIGHT It's near freezing, but no wind.

BELOW And they said there was no view..

CAR TRIP home
BED AT 10h00 PM

 Summer 2017- 12 day Trek in the Italian Dolomites

SATURDAY,  September 2nd 2017

ISOLATION, White Mountains, NH :NE111 : 102/115
# 46 / 48 // # 102  / 111
With Gabriel 
HIKING  start 6h35 am  10h15mins total
TOTAL DISTANCE : 22,9 km There and back
ELEVATION GAIN & DESCENT : 1185  m / 3888 ft
TEMP :
14-15°C and NO Wind!

Back-pack 19lbs : so nice that it was less than the 33 lbs I carried around in the Dolomites!

Via Rocky Branch trail, because we'll do the other trail once when we want to go to Boot Spur.

The trail is much easier than we thought elevation-wise, but I think the rock-hopping takes tole on our articulations.

This is truely the opposite of the Dolomites LOL. hiking beside streams and  "rock hopping"  on dry streams, wet streams and across streams.

Talk with people (1 guy and 1 couple ) for whom this is 48/48 ! and some for whom it's 46/48 like us. Also with someone doing the "grid" who's about at 470/576 !

BED AT 10h30 PM at : White Mountain Hostel, 36 Washington Street, Conway, NH

 

SATURDAY,  June 30th 2018
20mins drive to Trail Head.

WHITEFACE, NH.   WHITE MOUNTAINS ,  NE103 / 115
# 47 / 48 //  # 103  / 111
With Gabriel , Downes Brook Trail up and down.
HIKING  start 7h00 am Finish at 3h35 pm (20 mins lunch) (8h35 mins total)
18 km
very regular grade all the way, mostly in the shade 'til the top,
TEMP :
22°C -> 28°
C—  cloudy am then sunny / always humid and lots of mosquitos and orther bugs
water 3 liters /

We didn't meet a single hiker on the Downes Brook Trail all day, and it was clearly not well travelled. Had sort of an ADKish feeling. At the holstel there was a guy meeting others to come from the other side, as was a couple on top.

 2 x 10 river crossings!  I'm glad we decided NOT to do it last week when there were 3 days of heavy rain.. the trail rocks would have been even more slippery and the river crossing would have been undoable, and even today, just one storm would have changed the game completely, since alot of streams go into the Downes Brook.

CAR TRIP home
BED AT 10h00 PM

 

WEDNESDAY,  July 18th 2018
20mins drive to Trail Head.

HUNTER MOUNTAIN,   CATSKILLS,  NY ,  NE104 / 115   my order # 11 / 21 //  # 104  / 111
With Gabriel , very regular steep grade,
HIKING  start 7h05 am Finish at 12h15 pm (20 mins lunch) (8h35 mins total)
SHORT km very regular grade all the way, mostly in the shade 'til the top,

TEMP :
12°C -> 18°
C—  sunny but shaded /

MAP : We chose a short but steep route.. with blue (B) trail markers all the way up and then  have a little trouble finding the yellow trail down . It's like a GAP on the map It only had a yellow stick to mark it's beginning and a guy who "knows" the trail said it went to a "pipe spring" It did, but it is also the right path we were looking for.

ABOVE : tentsite # 14 was smaller than we thought and very close to the road. Behind the site was a little ravine and a trail to the stream. I didn't want to camp close to the stream in case there were mosquitos, but there weren't any. +

RIGHT: Live edges are very popular in design these days.. is this a Live Edge pic-nic table? LOL

BED AT 8h00 PM Woodland Valley Campground, NY

 

THURSDAY,  July 19th 2018

40 mins drive to Trail Head.

SLIDE MOUNTAIN, CATSKILLS, NY,  NE105 / 115   my order # 12 / 21 //  # 105  / 111
With Gabriel
HIKING  start 7h00 am Finish at 12h35 pm
?? km ve
TEMP :
10°C -> 15°
C— sunny but shaded  

Up Wittenberg-Cornell Trail and  down the Curtis-Ormsbee trail.. We eat lunch at the star to the right of the summit. It's worth the extra steps.

The view is not exactly from the top, but a little further. It's not as high as most high peaks we've done, but the lakes are nice.

BED AT 10h00 PM Woodland Valley Campground,  NY

 

 

WEDNESDAY,  July 24th 2018
60 mins drive to Trail Head.

SADDLEBACK, MAINE  & SADDLEBACK HORN MOUNTAIN
my order # 13 + 14 / 21
//   # 106 + 107 / 111
With Gabriel ,
HIKING  start 8h05 am Finish at 2h15 pm
Have a little trouble finding the right ski slope since the names of the slopes are not marked at the BOTTOM of the slopes.
TEMP :
1

MAP :

ABOVE :

RIGHT:

 

BED AT 8h00 PM  Maine State Park Campground.. .. site #131.

 

THURSDAY,  July 25th 2018

1h07 mins drive to Trail Head.

 OLD SPECK MOUNTAIN, MAINE    my order # 15 / 21 //  # 108  / 111
With Gabriel
HIKING  start 6h30 am Finish at 1h30 pm
?? km ve
TEMP

MAP : We'll have to come back to do The Eyebrow. It is said that it's better to do it going up, and we didn't want much of an adventure or longer route since there were thunderstorms forecast in the afternoon. 

ABOVE LEFT : I really enjoyed the speckled aspect of the trail. Even more so since we couldn't see the view because of the low cloud cover. ABOVE RIGHT : Nice place to take a lunch break. The falls are actually quite high, dosen't show on the pic.

BED AT 7h00 PM   Maine State Park Campground.... site #131.

 

SUNDAY,  August 5th 2018

30 mins drive to Trail Head.

CARRIGAIN MOUNTAIN White Mountains, / NE109/115
White Mountains # 48/48  // # 109  / 111
With Gabriel
HIKING Sawyer River Auto Rd and Signal Ridge Trail. / start 6h15 AM total 10h30mins
Sawyer River Rd IN : 40 mins
Signal Ridge Trail UP : 4h35 mins
Lunch : talking with people and celebrating our 48/48 : 45 mins
Signal Ridge Trail DOWN : 3h50 mins
Sawyer River Rd OUT : 40 mins
Assent : 
3800′ of elevation gain + 500 ' on Sawyer River Rd
22 km including the 2 x 2 miles we have to add because the Sawyer River Road is closed to vehicales since October 2017.
TEMP
Sunny : start at 13°C; 20°C at lunch; 23° almost down
WATER 3,5 liters and I drink almost all of it.
WEIGHT OF PAC: 20 lbs I brought my river-crossing sandles but didn't need to use them,

ABOVE Sawyer River Rd closed : 2 x 2 miles more to hike. We find out 4 days before our already planned trip./ The road was almost completely restored by the time we went, but it was still closed.

ABOVE : according to what we read.. on a clear day, we can see 43 of the 48 NH 4000 footers. This is why we chose Carrigain to finish the NH4000s

LEFT :  4 DAYS AGO : Mountain-forecast.com hasn't updated the weather info since 7 am this morning, and we are trying to decide if we're going to do it this Sunday. We decide to go and we reserve bunks at White Mountain Hostel for 2 days.
3 DAYS AGO : mountain-forecast.com is all mixed up.. shows thunderstorms all day Sunday and is not refresshed. Other Forecast pages seem to say it's OK.
2 DAYS AGO .. all is good on mountain-forecast.com. Sunny on Sunday :) and the expanded version is back.

  

ABOVE :  It was warm and there was no wind, but it was very comfortable in the look-out tower at the top. People we crossed coming up told us that just an hour earlier it was quite windy and chilly. Glad we came later.
BELOW RIGHT : the closed auto-road is 2 miles of easy hiking.// The trail junction is a little bit after the Carrigain Brook while on some older maps it is before or at the brook.

BELOW : On my FB page : "C'est fait! 48/48 dans les White Mountains! Une rando de 10h30 sur Carrigain, en partie à cause d'une fermeture de route-auto qui a allongé la rando de 3,2 km, allée et 3,2 km retour mais une journée magnifique."
on the Aspiring NE 111 ERS Club "Another step in the right direction. Gabriel and I finished White Mountains 48/48 on Carrigain on Sunday (August 5th) . That's 109/115 !"
on the NH 4000 Footers Club
" for Gabriel and I, Carrigain on Sunday (August 5th) was a beautiful way to finish our 48/48. So many people were wonderufl to congratulate us. It relly felt great. "
BELOW : A little water in the hat before putting it back on really cools you down / I must say that I used a little LESS water LOL

BED AT 10h45 PM   White Mountains Hostel, Conway / Bunks #11 (2 singles and 4 bunks , sink in room, showers and washroom adjacent) / Interesting to meet Danièle and Rebecca and alot of other hikers. With all the "congrats" we get it really feels like a celebration .

 

SATURDAY,   July 27th 2019

In June we found out that the Cariboo Valley Road was good and the bridges redone (except for the last one, 0,5 miles from the trail). We were supposed to do Spaulding & Sugarloaf one week, and then do a 3 day backpack for the rest the next week. But then, one week ago we find out the the road is closed Monday to Friday because of logging. Have to change our plans.

SPAULDING & SUGARLOAF
# 110 & 111 of 115

Get up at 5am

HIKING  start : 6h42

TOTAL TIME  10h50 mins! (very slow) I don't feel well. Is it the Effexor? also I see double and Gaby has cramps
 AveHR  132  83% / MaxHR  221  138%  / 6081 cals / 35 % fat / 8hours45 mins InZone (75%+)

WEIGHT OF PACSAC :
~ 15 lbs. including just 2 l of water.  Gaby carries 2 more liters for me

TEMPERATURE Too hot

Left : yellow line. First to Spaulding, then to Sugarloaf

Left : Sugarloaf
That's not 3!
That is
111/115 !

 

BED AT 7 h30 PM  at : Happy Horseshoes Campground #39aa
Keeping it real  Since about 10 am I've been seeing double when I look more than 10' away and it continues all day and night. Has happened to me recently and I'll be seeing a neuralogist soon. VERY uncomfortable, and scary

 

SUNDAY,   July 28th 2019

SOUTH CROCKER, REDDINGTON, CROCKER
# 112, 113 & 114 of 115
Get up at 5am
HIKING  start : 6h45
WEIGHT OF PACSAC :
 ~ 15 lbs. Gaby carries 2 liters of water for me

TOTAL TIME  10h15 mins! (very slow) I'm still seeing double and take off my hr monitor after a couple of hours because it's just giving me crazy readouts like the 221 yesterday. I take the strap off because it's hot and uncomfortable.

TEMPERATURE Too hot again, but some very light showers just enough to cool us down a little. Do hear thunder at times.

Left : Orange line :

Up,
South Crocker, Redington,
South Crocker,
Crocker,
South Crocker,
Down

Left : That's one happy lady to be at 114/115. I really wasn't sure about this week-end this year but got through it.

BED AT 8 h00 PM  at : Happy Horseshoes Campground #39aaThere was a huge storm today at the campground and our tent is quite wet so we are invited by the owners to sleep in the # Hot Hut! Thanks !

Keeping it real Still seeing double when I look more than 10' away and it continues all day and night. Note I'm ok the next morning.

 

TUESDAY,   August 13th 2019

KATAHDIN, BAXTER PEAK NE111 !
# 115 of 115

Get up at 5am at Nesowadnehunk Field

HIKING  start : 6h15

TOTAL TIME  11h30 mins! (very slow, Gabriel is very patient waiting for me and knows that I'm having trouble this year, maybe because of the Effexor.)  6h30 mins UP  / 30 mins Lunch & photos / 4h30 mins DOWN

WEIGHT OF PACSAC :
~ 18 lbs. including just 2 l of water.  Gaby carries 2 more liters for me

TEMPERATURE 10°C - 18°C quite a bit of wind at times (just right)

up Abol and Hunt, down Hunt and Abol. Notice the switch backs replacing the lower part of the slide since 2014-2016. They say it's easier than the scrambling, but I think it's more cardio although less technical..

Below That is 115 /115 !

BED AT 7 h30 PM  at : Nesowadnehunk Field Lean-to #6
KEEPING IT REAL My eyes are ok during the hike but after I start seeing double again. (I'm ok the next morning) and the Pharmacist says that my Effexor may well be giving my trouble with my cardio.