10.15.2009

What's In Store For This Fall?

Gilbert, Trudy, Jake & Spanky and I are going for a trail run in Groton State Forest in an hour - part of our attempt to scope out the winter xc/bc ski terrain and to try to stay warm. Right now it's about 29° w/ light granular snow - not enough to accumulate, it's just spitting out there.

The rainy weather this summer resulted in less hiking than normal and rain is in the forecast for this weekend as well. While it may be a great time of year to get chores done, it begs the question of how to approach this fall/winter. In particular, while challenging conditions can make even a Franconia Ridge trek seem like high adventure, hitting the same old trails could become overly routine. Sure, we've got THE GRID to consider, but realistically that's a low priority for me - kind of an accounting procedure. I've also got this vague thing about hiking every trail in the WMNF, but like THE GRID that's really not a top priority.

So in addition to this winter being "The Year of the Ski" (like summer, 2009 was "The Year of the Bike"?), where do we go from here? We have to fill in the treks for quite a few months until the snow is deep enough to groom at the nordic centers.

I think novelty is good. Here are a few ideas from me and other contributors:

  1. Adams Slide
  2. Finish MadDog's 48 (The Osceolas and Tecumseh in a single, winter day hike) - via tMail
  3. BAMFORTH - winter assualt, no turning back, even if death calls on the cell phone - via The PM
  4. Shortened Presi Traverse - Madison Adams on day one, then Jefferson and on to Washington Day two (and out from there) - via The PM
  5. Hancocks when the snow gets deep - superior ass sliding - via The PM
  6. Mansfield - Hell Brook w/skis, drop on to ski area and poach a run down! - via The PM
  7. less for the trail/workout and more for the experience...apparently Waternomee (sp??) in the Moose range has a well preserved debris field and wreckage of an ill-fated DC-8. - via MadDog
  8. Bondcliff winter assault via xc ski - via tMail
Okay, that's all I've got at this point. But I'm working on it. Anybody want to add to the wish list for the Winter 2009/2010 season?

6 comments:

  1. Finish MDs 48 Tecumseh, East Osceola, Osceola...winter/twilight hike.

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  2. PERFECT! I forgot about that. I'll add it to the list.

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  3. BAMFORTH - winter assualt, no turning back, even if death calls on the cell phone...

    Shortened Presi Traverse - Madison Adams on day one, then Jefferson and on to Washington Day two (and out from there)

    Hancocks when the snow gets deep - superior ass sliding

    Mansfield - Hell Brook w/skis, drop on to ski area and poach a run down!

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  4. i'm liking these lists so far!

    here's another: less for the trail/workout and more for the experience...apparently Waternomee (sp??) in the Moose range has a well preserved debris field and wreckage of an ill-fated DC-8.

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  5. Bondcliff winter assault via xc ski

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  6. my vote is for some ski trips on the Catamount Trail for an occasional diversion.

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