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#4374115 - 08/13/17 11:37 AM Hiking Kearsarge North, New Hampshire, 12 August 2017  
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ETA it seems google photos won't link properly, so until I figure out a host you'll just have to click the links. biggrin

This weekend's hike was Kearsarge North, just outside N Conway NH. It's called Kearsarge North because there's another mountain named Kearsarge in NH, maybe 60 miles away in a town called Warner. That Kearsarge is approximately 2920' in elevation, while Kearsarge North is 3268'. 

The trail I took is 3.1 miles, and moderate until approximately 2 miles up. 

https://goo.gl/photos/XpHdA4XmLPAbLYsK6

It's not as rocky as some I've hiked, and considering I'm an old fat guy I didn't find it too terribly strenuous. Not easy by any stretch of the imagination, though! So maybe I'm getting better at this? I wanted to take more pics on the ascent but I was sweating so much that moisture got into my phone case and made the touchscreen more than a little touchy. So, into a nice dry pocket of my pack it went till I got to the summit. 

About 2 miles up it turns to ledge and starts getting steeper. There's a gap in the trees that offers a nice view.

https://goo.gl/photos/4maop7WvZK1xgLTd7

https://goo.gl/photos/h9QFLgUXpvRHVqB46

Near the summit a couple hiking with their dog caught up with me, and I hiked to the summit with them. He (I never got his name) was an Appalachian Mountain Club volunteer so we talked about different trails and he gave me a lot of ideas for other weekends. It's strange how when you're hiking with someone else and talking, even a more strenuous section seemed to be easier that way. I believe I'm an AMC member, if not I'll join and maybe I can get in touch with him that way. He has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of mountains and trails throughout Maine and New Hampshire. (He's standing in front of his white dog in the next pic, his wife is sitting to the left.)

There's an observation tower at the summit, in the wintertime hikers and snowshoers sleep in there. I'm definitely snowshoeing up this winter, whether or not I stay overnight will depend on whether or not I'm in good enough shape to carry a sleeping bag and pad.

https://goo.gl/photos/s3Dq6mtMXDJ6E3Vr9


There's a nice almost 360 degree view from the summit.

https://goo.gl/photos/vYosN9xZWSEz6EeVA

https://goo.gl/photos/hXwTy16J8SVS5UH2A

https://goo.gl/photos/A5thncmizBwRiYAbA

https://goo.gl/photos/aSKgftrfG55QtDfY7


I would have gotten more pics but apparently between the humidity and the exertion of climbing I gave myself heat exhaustion. So instead of taking beaucoup pics I sat in the shade, drank water I apparently should have drunk on the way up (I did drink about a liter on the climb), and let my boots and socks dry out. Note to self: if you're going to wear insulated mountaineering boots on a day like this, bring more than 1 extra pair of socks. They get soaked quickly. I wore my Injinji Coolmax liner toe socks, but I think my Smartwool lightweight liner socks would have handled the moisture better. I really like the Injinjis, though!

After about an hour resting and rehydrating on the summit I headed back down. I drank the last of my water about a mile down, but thankfully it was cool enough so I wasn't sweating much. Plus I had my usual 6-pack of water in the Jeep. 

A little farther down the trail, I was taking a break when a young lady named Laurel came along from the summit, we hiked to the trailhead together and talked about trails, the outdoors, our weight loss programs (she didn't look like she needed to lose any to me!), work, whatever, and it helped pass the time. As luck would have it she's married, but having a hiking partner was nice. 

I'm really enjoying these weekly hikes and wish I'd started them earlier!

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#4374116 - 08/13/17 12:16 PM Re: Hiking Kearsarge North, New Hampshire, 12 August 2017 [Re: NH2112]  
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Looks awesome!


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#4374121 - 08/13/17 01:02 PM Re: Hiking Kearsarge North, New Hampshire, 12 August 2017 [Re: NH2112]  
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NH and Maine are great..did a lot of camping/hiking there in the 70's


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#4374135 - 08/13/17 03:49 PM Re: Hiking Kearsarge North, New Hampshire, 12 August 2017 [Re: NH2112]  
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Some great views. Far worse ways to spend a day, thanks for posting 'em. smile


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#4374140 - 08/13/17 04:20 PM Re: Hiking Kearsarge North, New Hampshire, 12 August 2017 [Re: NH2112]  
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Great shots Phil, I know the feeling when hiking alone how much easier it gets when your talking with someone it really takes away the difficulty.


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#4374309 - 08/14/17 06:31 PM Re: Hiking Kearsarge North, New Hampshire, 12 August 2017 [Re: NH2112]  
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very nice shots Phil, my wife wants to hike more but her asthma really slows her down. Wonder if she can do that hike, have you done Chocorua? Did that in my 20's, but not in the shape I was back then...


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#4374327 - 08/14/17 07:30 PM Re: Hiking Kearsarge North, New Hampshire, 12 August 2017 [Re: NH2112]  
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I just did Chocorua with a friend this past March, we took the shorter Champney Falls trail instead of Piper Trail (7.2 miles vs 9+.) It was definitely a challenge but absolutely worth it.

I actually started a thread on my Chocorua trip.

My recommendation would be to start smaller, not being able to breathe sucks. I've been training by hiking mountains 2-3 times a week for a couple months now and have seen some real progress. On July 27 I hiked a local hill called Douglas Mountain and made it to the summit without stopping for a break. Trail length is 1.25 miles with 518' elevation gain. Granted, the ascent doesn't really start till 3/4 mile in so it's pretty steep, but still. Today I hiked Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton ME, 1.8 miles and 1525' elevation gain, and made it to the summit without a break. But I don't have asthma, just fat and years of not being active. 30lb less of it than I had 3 months ago, though, and it's made a HUGE difference.


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Originally Posted by NH2112

30lb less of it than I had 3 months ago, though, and it's made a HUGE difference.


wow, nice work! Thanks for the insight, I'll see if she's up for it.


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Beautiful. As a painter, I'd love to climb to the top of one of those hills and set up my easel.


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I hiked Kearsarge North again yesterday, here's the AllTrails summary of my ascent. I'm going to have to start recording all my hikes for comparison. Last week's wasn't recorded, but yesterday I made it to the summit in 45 minutes less time, even allowing for 2 stops to address hot spots on my heels - I was wearing boots that were a little too big for me, and even using liner socks under my heavy wool socks didn't fill up all the space. Painting my heels with benzoin tincture and applying a piece of strength tape did the job, and I didn't get any blisters.

I'm pretty satisfied with my pace, if I hadn't had to stop twice I think I could have made it faster, and maybe without stopping. Getting back on a steady pace was difficult!

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