We hiked ~1.2 miles up ~1000 ft to Lonesome Lake carrying grills, charcoal, skates, group emergency gear (foam sleeping pads and tarp if we got stuck on the mountain), and food and drinks.
Or rather everyone else did except me, since I had a dinky little book bag that made everyone pass over me in letting me take group gear.
I've learned gradually that people hike for different reasons. Four years ago I did not understand the point whatsoever. I grew up flying and driving to cities and walking around cultural landmarks, not really nature. But now through talking to people I realize that some people do it to enjoy nature, some for the exercise, some for the community / social aspects, some for the challenge and summits, etc.
Each trip has taught me more about my physical fitness level and what equipment I need to be comfortable. ahhh I was so tired the next day (today), I slept for 15 hours and still feel tired (and now I feel sore all over). But the day of, the hike was pretty easy for me.
|trip start! (actually our first stop was dunkin' donuts, but w/e)|
|Grilling supplies and ice skates! Not pictured: the half gallon of milk and half gallon of cider we also brought up.|
|this was roughly the angle of elevation all the way up. steep but we managed without using microspikes at all since there were only a few by-passable patches of ice.|
We all slipped and slid a decent amount, but for the most part the hike was pretty easy. Especially for me, since I was carrying almost nothing.
|one of our trip leaders and another group member carrying the shovels for clearing the lake, the grill parts, and skates.|
|We reach the top around noon after two hours. We went really slowly.|
|frozen lonesome lake covered in snow!|
|we had a trap and put all our gear on it|
|then brought out the liquid (?) stoves which will work in the cold. they require priming to heat up the pipes before they will work.|
|hot cider on the lake with ice skating in the background!|
|shoveling to widen the ice skating rink path. you can see the grill to the left.|
|the Appalachian Trail crosses here!|
|and there's an Appalachian Mountain Club "hut" complete with wood stove, solar panels, and a bathroom with composting toilets and even toilet paper|
|view from the hut was gorgeous|
|swag for sale inside the hut|
|grilling those kebabs wait what is that|
|shrimp and steak kebabs? talk about gourmet trail food :)|
|foooooddd chowing down|
|skating on the lake|
|walking on the short trail around the lake.|
|it was really pretty.|
|sledding down the hill.|
I was introduced to butt-sledding as well. Since it was often steep enough and we had waterproof snow pants, we could sit on our butts and slide down the trail. It was a LOT more fun going down the trail than up the trail!
|near the end of the trip. it started snowing toward the end and the pretty views from earlier were gone. missing two members: me and the trip leader who made all the kebabs|
More pictures here.
Gear-wise, I didn't need my big poofy jacket at all. I learned that if at the beginning of the hike up hill you are warm already, definitely delayer. I learned to wear gloves when sledding.
Holy hexapods, my extremities were sometimes the warmest parts of me! The uphill hike really helped, and I opened toe warmers but ended up using them to warm my fingers. The MITOC rental boots are amazingly warm compared to rain boots, which is what I wore last time. Below is a picture of 90% of the items I brought or wore on the hike.
Also, in terms of waterproof shell layer which I still don't have, currently investigating making them from tyvek or other waterproof materials (e.g. kite material).
All-in-all a great trip. All the other hikers at the top marvelled at us deciding to bring an entire grill and charcoal and shovels and skates, reminding us that our trip was a little atypical.
Winter school has ended now, and time to plan some backpacking / 20 mile trips, in between fixing boats (future post, maybe in a few months).