September 13, 2012
Experienced. My pace is moderate to slow. I can take on most difficult, difficult to intermediate trails, rain, snow or shine. Hiker and backpacker since 1977. Explorer at heart - always looking for the new adventure. Hardest hike – Knife Edge Trail. Hike Leader for several years.
Favorite Adventure - My current activities involve volunteering with the Maine Conservation Corps. This year I spent some of my vacation building a new trail to reroute the Abol trail on Mt. Katahdin. I also volunteer with the US Forest Service in the White Mt. National Forest. Greatest challenge: Getting out alive after meeting two cub bears and their mama.
Summer & Autumn are for hiking. Winter is for downhill skiing. Gear? I'm a walking ambulance, but I'm not a gear head. I've got all the essentials, enough to be safe and happy, but nothing is name brand. Compass and Map! Can bushwhack my way out of the forest without assistance.
Exploration. Re-connecting with nature. Solace and silence. Staying in shape. Giving back.
I LIKE to hike weekdays. I HIKE mostly weekends and holidays. :(
Laid-back hiker and DH skier since '78. I enjoy the tranquility of the forest.
Overnight snow at the lodge and Gorge Brook trail to the bridge, had accumulated 2-3" was melting, highs in the mid 30s. Light snow falling. Snow amounts increased to about 6" of very moist, snowman-making snow as we approached 4200'. To about 3000 feet the trail was snow covered, wet and ponding, though not particularly muddy.From about 3,000 to 4000, we broke the trail, sometimes post-holing it into drifts about 3 feet deep. At 4,000 feet we changed into full winter gear. Evidence of early (pre-snow) freezing rain, which accumulated up to an inch on one observed rock. Above the treeline the winds picked up dramatically, estimated at 70mph, based on past experience. Many pauses to reset our footing. Carins were needed for navigation, trail was rarely identifiable above treeline. Snow was windslab above treeline. Hail. Heavy snow. Some drifts as high as 4 feet. Summit socked in the clouds, visibility about 200'.