Sandwich Mountain, NH 26 August 2017

9:08 a.m. on August 27, 2017 (EDT)
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My climb for today was Sandwich Mountain, N.H. At 3980', to the best of my knowledge it's the tallest non-4K mountain in N.H., with 2732' of elevation gain over an approximately 3.6 mile trail to the summit.

The trail starts off with a stream crossing, then goes up. And up. And UP. It looks like 2000' elevation gain in about 1.25 miles on the AllTrails app map. It's pretty easy for the next 2 miles, with a couple ledges that give a nice view of the surrounding peaks and ridge lines, and down into Waterville Valley, then there's a steeper climb to the summit for the last 1/2 mile. The summit was VERY anticlimactic, bare rock about the size of an average bathroom. After I'd been up there for maybe 15 minutes a group came along and it was crowded like a Japanese subway LOL.

On the way down I took the trail to Jennings Peak, which was a steep 0.2 mile climb with a much better view into another valley. The hike down was slow because the roots and rocks were doing their very best to kill me, and because in order to save my right knee from being re-injured I was walking very deliberately and placing my feet so that no twisting of the knee would be necessary. This would have been a good time to use trekking poles! Or one pole, at least.

So here are the pics, they're in order EXCEPT the first one, which is the stream crossing and which I took at the end of the hike. I managed not to fall in on both crossings.

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9:16 a.m. on August 27, 2017 (EDT)
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The summit. 
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View from Jennings Peak.
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A couple showing the steepness of the trail on the way down, now that the light is better. 
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9:24 a.m. on August 27, 2017 (EDT)
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Great photos! It's difficult to show the steepness of trails, at least I always have trouble with that, but I comes through on your photos!

4:47 p.m. on August 27, 2017 (EDT)
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Thanks, I really had to work for them LOL. My knees are still a little sore today, but I started taking glucosamine/chondroitin tablets last week so hopefully within a couple weeks I'll start to notice a little improvement. Next weekend may be an off weekend, mainly because I have the feeling that many trails will be packed as people end their summers. Or I may see if my brother & his kids want to do a hike. 

11:55 a.m. on August 28, 2017 (EDT)
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Beautiful!

How'd the new boots treat you?

12:23 p.m. on August 28, 2017 (EDT)
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I'm not wearing them any more till terrain and temps require them, due to how sweaty my feet get in them. They seem to be pretty dialed in now, though I did just put a pair of Sole Ed Viesteurs (blue) footbeds in that feel quite a bit more comfy than the Superfeet Carbons I've been using. I wore my comfy old Fugitives for this hike, the sole is more than a little worn (and not able to be replaced because the uppers are too soft, according to Dave Page), but they still stick to rock like glue. I'm thinking of going to REI this weekend and trying on boots to see if there's anything I like better than the Fugitives. 

5:55 p.m. on August 28, 2017 (EDT)
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Nice pics Phil! My legs hurt just looking at some of them because I'm quite familiar with those sort of trails, heh. The views up there make it worth while, especially if there is a good breeze. Thanks for sharing these trips with us!

7:56 p.m. on August 29, 2017 (EDT)
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My legs hurt in anticipation of this weekend's hike, I don't know what it will be yet but it'll probably be easier than Sandwich. I'll be at a friend's place outside Concord NH and there are 3 or 4 trails I'm looking at, a couple around Winnipesaukee and a couple just over the border in Vermont. With elevation gains of anywhere from 1500 to 3250 feet, and scrambling or steep cliff faces, they should all be challenging.

It looks like my hiking & snowshoeing partner and I won't be able to do our 4K till after October 1st due to work and family stuff, so I'll have more time to train for it. We're thinking of Mount Monroe, it'll still be early enough that bad weather will be a possibility but not a probability. 

12:35 p.m. on August 30, 2017 (EDT)
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Why do I live in Illinois cornfields!?!?!?!?

Nice pics!

5:54 p.m. on August 30, 2017 (EDT)
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Strange, several times when I was plodding uphill and forced myself to stand more erect for better breathing, I saw even more uphill ahead of me and asked myself why I don't live in Kansas!

8:24 a.m. on September 2, 2017 (EDT)
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Well, as soon as the local EMS opens I'm stopping in to pick up a pair of 3-section trekking poles, then heading north to hit Little Haystack and most likely Mt Lincoln. If I feel really, really good on Lincoln it's onward to Lafayette!

8:12 p.m. on September 2, 2017 (EDT)
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I summited Little Haystack but decided not to head on to Lincoln, the USFS "Alpine Warden" on Haystack said it was about another hour to summit Lincoln and now I need both hands to count my good judgment calls. What an awesome hike, and an even more awesome view from the summit. Unfortunately, it's not an official 4K since the summit is only about 200' higher than the col between it and Lincoln. It's still the tallest I've summited by about 800' (4760' elevation.)

Trip report tomorrow. 

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