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November 5, 2009
So at 10AM on Thursday the flurries were coming down here in the Valley. This after a run of gorgeous 50+ degree days. We've had flurries and measurable snow in the upper elevations prior to this, but it's been a while. After the warm rain on Halloween the summit was bare until yesterday and Valley residents were beginning to question when winter was actually going to start. But this looks as if it's going to be interesting, at least up higher. Morning summit conditions were 17 with a -5 wind chill and temps like this should start the freezing process for sure. It won't take too long for that to turn into ice.
Here's a shot of Mt. Washington taken on Wednesday morning, looking more like early winter than we've seen lately:
The leaves were still on the trees in teh Valley until the rain & wind we had Halloween night. Tho the foliage was certainly past peak, it was still looking pretty. Last Friday I hiked up Cranmore, across the Connector and down a mountain bike trail and there were some leaves on the trails but it wasn't too bad. Another hike up and down Cranmore with my son on Sunday yielded lots more leaves but there were 6 inches of fresh leaves on the trail on Peaked Mountain on Monday. You can really see everything in the woods a lot more clearly now. In fact all the little crags are starting to stand out. On the way down off Peaked we detoured over to the obvious slabs that you can see form town. It is quite surprising just how big they are. Unfortunately they aren't steep enough to consider them actually climbing, at least from what I saw. I was able to easily walk down the steepest areas in my approach shoes. There may be a steeper area way over on the right, but I didn't get over there. Regardless it would definitely be short. Here's a shot from Artist Falls Road:
Peaked Mountain Slabs
On Wednesday morning I was riding on Rt 302 over to Bridgeton and several miles out of Fryeburg, before Moose Pond I noticed a cliff on the left. You can see it just before you get to where 302 crosses the river. It looks like a somewhat interesting cliff and so I Googled it. It's over 1000 feet tall but there are no roads that go right near it and I didn't see a name. The best way to get there might be by canoe. Has anyone ever been there?
crag on Rt302 near Bridgeton
When I was taking the pictures of Mt. Washington on Wednesday from the Scenic Overlook in Intervale I noticed a crag up high in the corner between Humphrey's on the right and The Bluff on the left. It looks somewhat interesting, tho probably a bit of a thrash to get there. Here are two pictures, one overview where you can see its location and another close-up: It's teh crag in teh upper middle.
crag between Humphreys overviewl
I know Brad White went up there one winter and I have to figure that several others have been up there, but I haven't seen it written up anywhere. I gotta figure that there is lots of cool stuff still out there in the woods waiting to be discovered.
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I would say that if the temps in the higher elevations stay cold we'll have ice in the ravines and on the Dike pretty soon. I'm hoping to get up into Tucks for a look-see early next week.
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