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I have hiked Stinson Mountain twice.  But neither had the clear view of today.  With the last few snowstorms, the mountain is a winter wonderland.  The trees are laden with snow.  The sky was a bright clear blue.

Last spring, I hiked it with some of my family.

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This is the same view in the today.

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But I need to go back and hike it Sunday. Why, because today I cheated, so to speak.  Today I snowmobiled to the top with my husband.  At one point, we were breaking the trail.  It appeared the groomer had made it most of the way but had turned around near the top.  At that point, Tom broke the trail the rest of the way up.

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I wanted to stop and take pictures of the snow hanging from the trees along the trail.  I needed to duck to get under some, they were so heavy with snow.  But if I did stop, I would have sunk in the snow, it was that deep.  I kept saying to myself, “keep going, keep going.”  The reward was amazing.  Below is a gallery of the pictures from the top of Stinson Mt and a picture of the trail map posted at one of the snowmobile trail intersections.

If you are planning on hiking Stinson this weekend, the hiking trail was not packed out since the last snowfall.  But the snowmobile trail is.  I’m sure the hiking trail will be soon. I’m sure someone will hike it this weekend.  Maybe I’ll see you there Sunday.

Have you ever seen a sky so blue?

C

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A quick PSA. snow-day

Got my butt sleds the other day from LL Bean.  I will be out later today to practice with them before hitting the trails. These were in their on-line sales section.

Pups have their doggie booties on.  This snow, while fluffy, is sticking to their paws.  No fun having ice balls between your toes.  You can get some at Dog Booties.  Made in Alaska and inexpensive enough if you lose one.  But again, they are made in Alaska, so they are tough.

 

The picture below was taken last year. Sport has on his neon green. Maggie has hot pink.  If they lose them while out hiking, they are easy to find. And no, they don’t like having them on. But when they are out running around in the snow, they forget they have them on.

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Do you like their bright boots?

Have you butt sled down a mountain trial?  Any tips I need to know?

C

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Actually, it was 7 mountains but the AMC does not count one toward the NH 4K’s.
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This past Thursday, my friend Carol and I set out to conquer 6 of the 7 mountains left for us to complete the 48 – 4ooo foot mountains in NH. With the assistance from two of my sisters, we left Carol’s car at the Zealand Trailhead. Nancy and Ruthie drove us to the Twin Mountain trailhead. ( GPS glitch, not sure what that line is)

The plan was to hike up North Twin over to South Twin then on to the Guyot campsite for the night. We made it up and over the Twins. But by 5:oo pm, we still had 2+ miles to make it to Guyot. We decided to make camp for the night on the Twinway trail. I was a little disappointed we didn’t make Guyot. The next morning we packed up and headed to the campsite.  I was glad we didn’t try to go further the night before. The trail was a bit rocky and more than rolling hills.

We made the campsite by 10:45. Put up our tent, refilled our water from the spring and headed out to the Bonds by noon. We went over Mt Bond and on to Bond Cliff by 2:15. Had lunch and took tons of pictures, especially the iconic Bond Cliff pic.

We hoped to make it back to West Bond for sunset. Our average pace is 1 mile per hour. The distance between Bond Cliff and West Bond is 2.2 miles. The hike back up Mt Bond was tough. It has a steep and rocky section that is at least a half mile long. I was never so happy to make it back to Mt Bond. Now on to West Bond. We were told by other hikers the West Bond Spur went down then rose steeply to the top. I was dreading it. There is a steep section just before the summit, but it’s short. We made it to the summit by 5:00. It was the only place I had reception on my phone enough to text my husband and sister. I also posted a pic on Instagram. But I couldn’t call out. Go figure.

Sunset was beautiful.  I left the summit 15 minutes before it was completely dark.  I wanted to get back to the Bond Cliff Trail before dark.  I put my headlamp on shortly after passing the junction of West Bond Spur and  Bond Cliff Trail.  I was back to Guyot Campsite by 7.  Refilled the water and went to bed.  The campsite is on a first come first serve basis.  It’s $10 per night per person.  There are 6 sites with one or more tent platforms, plus one shelter for those without a tent.  We were expecting the campsite to be packed but it wasn’t.  It was not empty but there was plenty of room.

Saturday morning, we headed out to Zealand.  The .2 mile hike up out of the campsite was tough.  We were tired, our packs felt heavier and it was a continuous climb up.  We were never so happy as to see the junction sign. We made it.mt-guyot

We needed to go up over Guyot to get to Zealand.  Guyot is actually higher than Zealand.  The view from Guyot is spectacular.  It is all alpine zone with a 360-degree view.  Zealand, on the other hand, has absolutely no view.  The trail over Guyot to Zealand was one of the easiest parts of the hike.  It wasn’t too steep or rocky.  From the disappointing view of Zealand on to the breathtaking view of Zeacliff, we saw many making the trip up.

The trail from Zeacliff to the Zealand Hut was tough.  My knees are still sore.  It’s steep and rocky.  We gave encouragement to those heading up, they were close and the trip was well worth the effort.  The hut was very busy.  It is situated next to the Zealand Falls. Many had made the trek to the hut for the view from the falls.

I received great advice from a hut staffer. She gave me suggestions regarding how I had my pack set up.  I had my tent on the bottom of my pack.  She suggested I put it on the top.  What a difference!  It made the last 3 miles much easier.  Thankfully, the hike out from the hut is mostly level.  We made it out the trailhead by 4:30 pm.  I was grateful to take that pack off.

I don’t think I will ever do a 3-day backpacking trip again.  A 2-day, maybe. But not a 3 day, unless it’s a hut to hut trip.  That way I won’t have to carry a tent.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip.  Now I have to get working on my commemorative quilt of my hiking the 4k’s of NH.

C

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Blog-tember

Friday, Sept. 30: Picture this, you’ve been stopped on the street by the photographer of Humans of New York, and he asks, “What advice would you give to a large group of people?” Share a picture of yourself along with the advice.

Advice? I’m not sure.  I would have to say, don’t be afraid to try something new.  If I had, I wouldn’t be blogging.  I was never really fond of writing when I was in school.  This month has been tough, writing something for every day of the month.  I’m glad I did it.  I’m glad it’s over.new-things

If I had not tried quilting, I would not have grown as a quilter and a sewer.

If I had not tried hiking, I would have never hiked the mountains of NH.

If I had not gotten that cute Brittany puppy, I would have never found the love for dogs I now have.

If I had not tried snowmobiling, I would have never gone to snowmobiling in Yellowstone.

If I had not joined a local quilt guild, I would not have the friends who understand my need for fabric.

Now there are things I don’t think I would ever do.  I don’t see myself ever ski diving, bungee jumping, or scuba diving.  But I will continue to try new things.

What new something have you tried lately?

C

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Blog-tember

Wednesday, Sept. 28: The top five pictures that illustrate your year so far.

How do you narrow down all those pictures?  I’ll try.

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Our one and only snowmobile ride ended with a visit to the emergency room and surgery for Tom.  A broken clavicle and 3 broken ribs.  He’s was back to his old self in no time.  The snowmobile was repaired before he was completely healed.  Hopefully, we will get more snow this year. And no broken bones.

Hiking was a bit difficult at the beginning of the spring.  The mountain trails in NH were packed with ice.  They finally thawed out by mid-May.  This is what we came across climbing the Smarts at the end of March, very thick hard ice. Can you say crampons?!

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I am working on creating a pants fitting class. I’m scheduled to teach at The Victorian Cupboard next month.

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The roots from the Sweat Peas I dug up last year from my aunts are growing better than expected.Sweet Pea

I climbed Mt Washington. This is twice I have been on the top of Mt Washington. Once years ago, Tom and I took the Cog Railway to the top. Both times I have yet to see the view. One of these days I will.mt-washington

I’m looking forward to completing the NH 4000 footers. Hopefully by the end of next month.

I’m excited about my pants class. I have learned so much in researching various pattern making methods.

It’s been a great year so far!

C

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Hi! I’m Carol, Cathy’s hiking buddy and guest blogger for the day.

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Carol & Cathy on Mt Garfield.

Everybody needs a friend who encourages and supports you in your endeavors. Cathy is that friend. We first met at a quilt guild meeting where she got together a small group of people to meet monthly to work on a mystery quilt. In the conversations at these get-togethers she discovered that I like to hike and Cathy immediately inquired if that was something she and her dogs could do too. That was the start of our great adventure.

We started out doing local walks then graduated to hills and small mountains. Then Cathy discovered the 4000 footer group and things started to change. There are 48 mountains in NH that are over 4000 feet high and she decided we could climb them all. Our first was Mt Tecumseh at only 4003 ft, but the quest was on.

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Sport & Maggie on Mt Tecumseh

Now, I am a person who likes being on mountains, but I don’t like drop-offs. I scare easily. Many of these mountains have trails that are challenging and some are downright scary. Cathy is much more adventurous and daring. Thanks to her encouragement, I have climbed trails that I had never thought possible and been places that I had only dreamed about. Cathy not only encourages me, she stretches my limits which now seem endless. I hope all of you are as fortunate to have such a friend.

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Carol standing back from the ledges on Whiteface Mt.

Note from Cathy:  If if were not for our friendship, I would have never even been on a mountain hike. Carol has taught me everything I know about hiking.

Do you have a friend like this?

C & C

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Blog-tember

Saturday, Sept. 17: Vlogging day! Record a vlog about anything you like!

Flags on the 48

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