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 Trip Report: Free Weekend of Camping! 
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 Trip Report: Free Weekend of Camping!
This was a superb weekend of free camping and hiking! A huge campfire each night and hikes each day. Saturday had to have been one of the best hikes of my life. Almost 30 hikers ascended the 3rd highest mountain in NH, Mount Jefferson via all compass points and each of the 8 different trails to the summit. What excitement!

Our separate hiking group consisted of Winnie, BrowMaster, ghostdog and myself. We selected the Caps Ridge trail, one of the most difficult climbs in the Whites. This trail begins at 3008', the highest trailhead and road in the Whites. (Expect for a few that begin off of the Mt Washington Road.) The trail begins on log bridges through the beautiful forest and in a mile reaches a large granite outcrop with kettle holes formed by the action of glaciers. There are fine views of the Presis and the Ridge of the Caps, soon to be climbed.

In a half mile the trail reaches the point where the treeline ends and the first Cap, after a steep, strenuous scramble up open ledges. The trees end and one is on the open mountain side from this point on. The trail ascends very steeply up to the highest Cap at 2 miles. The trail becomes even steeper and rougher with sharp and jaggered rocks right up to the 5,716' summit. BrowMaster arrived first, then Winnie, ghostdog and me. BrowMaster didn't stay long, to assure that his legs would not crap up while resting, and soon started his descent.

Winnie, ghostdog, and I decided to visit the enormous cairn just below the summit that had a vast quantity of beautiful rime ice. We took photo's and I noted the time was 11:30. Soon PoisonIvy, then then SonicBoom arrived. We sat by the cairn and watched dozens arriving for our Jefferson Jam. We could see more of us hiking up in the distance, about half the size of a small pinkie finger! We sat, had great fellowship, and introduced each other to those we haven't met. At 3 pm, Winnie, ghostdog, and I said our farewell and descended back down, to the car and to the camping area. What excitement -- and now for the Saturday night bash with dozens!

A picture says a 1000 words and here is a 1000 pix!:
Winnie's pix: http://www.flickr.com... ,
HikerAmiga's: http://community.webs... ,
rlc's (Bob's): http://community.webs... ,
Crista's pix: http://outdoors.websh...
Steve's pix: http://www.parazz.com...
Bob & Geri's: http://rbhayes.net:80...
adamiata2: http://outdoors.websh... ,
MichaelJ's: http://www.saletnik.o...
PoisonIvy's: http://www.parazz.com...
HikerBob's: http://www.bobspics.c...
Be careful what you ask for. Jefferson Jam survival thong!:
http://www.cafepress....
HikerAmiga wrote me to say that, "You put the 'wow!' in the "Pow Wow!"
How did it go? Woo-Hoo!!
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