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 1/19 Waumbek 
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 1/19 Waumbek
Prof Drew & I headed for an afternoon hike of Waumbek. The Prof is attempting to temper his pace in hiking to all of the NH 4's in one Winter, so we agreed to a single summit on this day. He is now at the 1/2 way point of his Winter quest.

What fantastic trail conditions we found on this day after the latest deluge :!: The trail had a complete smoothed out surface. It has been snowshoed regularly, and the surface drained & firmed up nicely over night. I wore my screw boots and Drew was in his soft Winter hikers. The larger rocks in the trail were slightly exposed, most had ice on them. Arriving at the Fireplace clearing, the views were starting to open up, the sun was shining, and the breeze was brisk.

After a quick snack & adding a layer, we started off toward the summit. Within a few steps we stopped to strap on our snowshoes. The trail surface was different up on the ridge, with new snow drifted here & there, and the surface wasn't as firm underfoot. Drew happily put on his NEW snowshoes. He had just purchased a pair of the MSR Lightening's. After watching Jeff hike the Hancock loop & have an easy time on the Willey's, he was certain that he needed to change his snowshoe model/brand.
He was so pleased with this new pair, that he wore them all the way back to the trailhead :) I removed mine back at the Fireplace clearing, as trying to talk & walk down hill has proved to be problematic for me in the past :oops:

Great hike (as alwalys) Drew!

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Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:04 am
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and i only fell once :lol:


Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:56 am
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MAn everyone seems to love that Starr King/Waumbek hike in the winter! I cant wait to see it for myself some day :wink: .

Oh, and welcome to the Hike-nh crew Mt.Drew! The professor is in :lol: .

Brian


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Welcome Drewski! A wonderful hike and day to summit. Perfect weather. On my last hike to Cabot I fell only 3 times. Two where from roots getting snarled in the shoes. One from being tired or not paying attention.

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