Thursday, June 29, 2006
It continues to rain but today promises to be a sunny day, at least in the northern Whites before the next storm system returns. It is a Sunday and Sundays are a good day for a hike.
Distance7.8 ; Climb 2750 ft; Elevation 4170 ft.
More days of rain since our first hike on Wildcat but today promised to be sunny with a 0% chance of storms. A 0% chance day is rare in the mountains and it is always a good day to climb a high peak; a climb on a peak with long above tree-line exposure can be life threatening in a storm. We also still needed a climb without difficult crossings due to the high water and although it was early in the season for a peak with a long vertical climb we choose one -
Distance 8.6; Climb 4100 ft; Elevation 5366 ft.
Our first hike of the summer. It had been a wet spring in NH and finding a peak without difficult brook crossings or without very rocky steep slabs that would be slippery when wet was going to be challenge. The Wildcats were still on our list and Wildcat D can be climbed via their ski slopes. A perfect first hike! We climbed up the intermediate slopes and down the beginner's slopes. The sun was hot and the bugs were thick. We were glad to get into the forest for the short step climb to the summit from the end of the slopes. Wildcat D was #31 on our climbs of the 48 peaks above 4000 feet in the Whites.
Distance5.0 miles; Climb 2400 ft; Elevation 4062 ft.