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Thread: Hiking Mt. Major - 3/18/14

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    Default Hiking Mt. Major - 3/18/14

    Shawn and I hiked Mt. Major today. It was a nice day with no wind at the top, which is very unusual but certainly welcome. It was a fairly easy hike made difficult in places by lots of ice. Bring Yaktrax or similar if you plan to hike it.

    The start of the trail is already seeing some bare ground. In another month this will become very wet and muddy.

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    The trail quickly turns to ice. The Stabilicers make short work of it. Most of the trail was in better condition but there were definitely some spots like this one.

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    As has been the case recently, most of the trail was very well packed from other hikers. It has been a while since we have had fresh snow.

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    Mt. Major has some cool ledges to climb over. They were pretty well caked with snow but there was still a fair challenge to get up and over because of all the ice.

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    The top was reached and we were happy.

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    There is a 360* view at the top and it is quite impressive. Seeing Lake winnipesaukee all frozen up is certainly worth the hike.

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    I joked that we should camp at the top and start the hike to the next peak in the morning.

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    Admiring the view and cooling down after the ascent.

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    Some crazy person built a ski ramp at the top. We decided to take turns jumping off of it. I think Shawn went further.

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    Good for you guys. That is awesome and thanks again for sharing.
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    Looks like fun. I've been up Major, in my youth and in the summer. The only significant winter climbing I did was up the north side of Kearsarge - I set a personal challenge for myself years ago "how early in the year can I make it to the top" - and the year I finally made it up on Jan 1st (cameraless of course) it was stunning - bright and clear like it looks like you guys had, and there had been a fog that froze, so everything was just covered with huge delicate ice crystals.
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    Thumbs up My pics from my phone

    My video would not download, and I had to reduce the size of my pics because they were too large to upload :( but here they are:

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    Stabilicers were a must have for me on this trip--they worked awesome!

    Oh and I might have jumped farther, but I think Ryan jumped higher ;)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
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    Great pictures, I'm envious of your hikes.

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    nice trip again i am jealous, one thing though how the heck did you get up all those icy spots with Yaktrax? i wouldnt even use them to walk to the end of my drive way. micro spikes are where its at here is a video of me thinking im 5 again

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88wrangler View Post
    nice trip again i am jealous, one thing though how the heck did you get up all those icy spots with Yaktrax? i wouldnt even use them to walk to the end of my drive way. micro spikes are where its at here is a video of me thinking im 5 again
    No Yaktrax were used. :)

    I did the same thing coming down a lot of the icy spots. Some of them were long and I got going a little too fast for comfort on one of them but luckily a rock stopped me. haha.

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    My Stabilicers allowed me to walk up solid hard ice Chris of about 30-35 degree(estimate--correct me if I am off Ryan) angle, and I was shocked they worked that well, but those MICROspikes do look awesome :)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
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    Shawn, I love the Jazz Hands while you were in the air. LOL Those are great pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSHJNKY View Post
    Shawn, I love the Jazz Hands while you were in the air. LOL Those are great pics.
    Those are my wings, because I was flying ;)
    Traction, articulation, and gearing make a good off-road rig. Just a big lift, wide mud tires, and a winch simply do not.
    ~Shawn(the correct spelling ;)

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    Great pics guys, thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks for sharing. No wind? Lucky, sounds perfect. I'm planning on doing the same hike in a couple weeks.

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