Saturday, February 6, 2016

Head in the Clouds


Final Approach to Summit

We bumped our heads on the clouds as we approached the peak. But we still had views! And views are what it's all about.

Hike, Moosilaukie, 10 miles, 7 hours, with Boston AMC Winter Hiking Program.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sleeping on Snow

My first time tenting on snow. It wasn't as scary as it I thought it would be! Actually, it was kinda cozy. But you have to be prepared to use a pee bottle. You don't want to climb out of your cocoon in the middle of the night to wander aimlessly across the snow looking for a toilet. People die that way. The adventure continues.


























Lafyette Campground camping Sat night, with AMC/Boston Winter Hiking Program. Hiked N Kinsman and S Kinsman on Sunday, 10 miles, 9 hours, 30 to 40 F. warm!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Birds Eye View

It's sparkling, sunny, crisp. No wind. I can sit leisurely on the top of Mt Tom, my third peak of the day and my half way point, and enjoy the views without the usual rush to get back to the shelter of the trees. 

A birds eye view of a birds eye.
A few white Jays appear and seem interested in my trail mix. I hold my gloved hand out with some nuts and berries and instantly a bird lands in it. I can't believe it!

I wonder if some miracle has happened in the world to change the usual order of things. Perhaps all conflict, war and strife have ended everywhere. Nature is as one and at peace. The lions are laying down with the lambs. Or is this just one tiny little miracle, orchestrated only for me, on the top of a secluded peak in the White Mountains.

I sit for a long time enjoying the feeling of the Jays landing in my hand, their talons gripping my fingers like a babies grasp. Then I hoist my heavy Winter pack and start the long hike back.

Hike: Mt Willey, Mt Field, Mt Tom, via Willey House Rd, 11.2 miles, 9 hours, Temp 0 to 20F, Solo, Slept in Truck.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

My Tecumseh

Hike, Mt Tecumseh, 5 miles. Moderate hike in dense trees. Very limited views. I wanted to take it easy.

View of Mt Washington from the Top of Tecumsah

It seemed pretty decadent to kite on Cape Cod on Saturday and hike in the White Mountains on Sunday. Does that make me a bad person? Probably. I tried to feel sufficiently guilty about it. But not so guilty that I couldn't enjoy myself.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Take All the Sky You Need

It's snowing when I leave the house, drizzling when I pull into the Chapin parking lot. Wind is gusting to 47, sand blowing everywhere. Yeah, I can feel a little wind chill on my face.

The beach is pretty empty. No problem with crowds at all. It's surprising since the weather is so nice.

Gary claims his little piece of the sky


Chapin, Kitesurfed, 20-35, NNW, 6M RPM/Mako150, with Kitermike, Tyler, Tom from Providence, Gary.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Highland Center Hiking Weekend


It looks like we had a successful landing on the moon.



Saturday Hike- Mt Pierce and Mt Eisenhower, 8.5 miles, 6 hours, with AMC Winter Hiking Program.
Sunday- Short hike up Mt Willard in the rain.

 Fun weekend trip in nasty weather!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Conversation with my Knees

Hike- Dublin Lake and Mt Monadnock from Poole Rd parking lot. 11.5 miles, 9 hours with a full winter pack. This is the longest day hike I've done since I was in my 20's.



I was wondering if my knees would have something to say about that. Yeah, they had a few choice words for me. But I didn't let that ruin my fun. I told them to shut up. You big babies. I'm not going to let myself be pushed around by my own body parts. Nobody likes to be walked on by their knees.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Foggy Foggy Do


Foggy Brad    

Harding's, Kitesurfed, WSW, 15-30, 10MRally/Mako150, With Brad, Jermy.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The View from Chapin



Kitesurfed, Chapin, W, WNW, 15-30, 8M Rally/Mako150, with Frank, Nick, Others.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Getting High Without a Kite

Mt Jackson, 5 mile hike on Sat.
Mt Chocorua & Champney Falls, 7 mile hike on Sun.

Yes, That is a hiker on the peak of Mt Chocorua
It's hard to come back down to earth after a weekend devoted to trying to rise above the constricting bonds of gravity.  If I can't jump into the heavens with a kite I'll hike there on a mountain.

Champney Falls
 I slept in my truck at the trail heads Fri and Sat nights. It's all fun.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

West Rockland

Nice session with Brad and KiterMike at West Island! It was one of those days when no place else had good wind. The rocks are better here than almost anywhere else too.

KiterMike

























Kitesurfed, West Island, SW 12-22, Flx 138/ 17M Fat Lady & 12M Rally, with Brad, Kitermike.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankskiting

Today is a day to say thank you for the life that we are given. Kiss your spouse on the cheek, pat your children on the head, fling open the door and shout, "Thank You!" to the universe. Then go kite. That's the best way I know to say thank you.

Brian giving thanks for a beautiful Good Harbor sunrise

Good Harbor- Great wave spot in S, SE wind. Smooth steep overhead waves when the wind picked up. Good size beach even at high tide. Park at Good Harbor Beach Inn off-season only. The Dog Bar Breakwater meter is nearby but I think it reads high by about 5 MPH.

Kitesurfed, Good Harbor Beach Gloucester, 10-18, 18-28, S, 12M & 10M Rally, With Bryant, Brian, Matt, Dave, Ivan, Others.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Woo Who?

Woo is a digital device that attaches to your board and measures the height of your jumps. Tyler slapped one on my board and said Go Kite! I kited. I jumped. I didn't break any records. But I did have a really nice session and it's great to have a record of all that fun. Highest jump 19.2 ft. Funny, it felt like 19.3.

Sandwich Sunrise
Kitesurfed, Sandwich Town Neck Beach, NNE, NE, 14-26, Mako150/12 M Rally, with Tyler, Kitermike. 

I've had some good sessions in the last month, including one at the Mill Creek Marsh, (between Cockle Cove and Forest Beach), on an astronomical high tide in S wind, perfect.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Winter is Coming

Cold morning. My truck thermometer says -33. It might not be reliable. My face and hands just say cold. I'm sporting my drysuit.

Timore dark slidin'

 A few of us find a nice speed channel at the mouth of the marsh, mid tide, lined up perfectly with the wind. Who knew this was here?

Kitesurfed, Chapin, NNW, N, 8-26, 12M Rally/Mako150 & 8M Rally/Surfboard, with lots of friends. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What Once was Upwind

I usually kite here in NW or NNW. I didn't know if this place would work in NNE but it was O.K! A little gusty but the wind didn't seem blocked by Annisquam like rumors I had heard.

I did have to make certain adjustments. The upwind tack to Coffins was now downwind. The downwind run back now upwind. Very confusing. I had to flip my right brain to my left. I'm still feeling some lingering affects from that but I think I'll be alright.

Kitesurfed, Wingaersheek, NNE, 18-36, 8M Rally/Mako150, with Christophe, Joe, John, Jim, Lauren.