Hancocks

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Solo Hiked Pemigewasset in Tripoli Mill, NH, 44.04106666667,-71.52326666667. Tempurature (min/avg/max): 44/64/85 Distance: 9.8mi/6hrs loop


Journal

Solo hiked, 6 hours and just under 10 miles. I would recommend doing this trail counter clockwise as there were a lot of loose rocks, and large step downs on the southern 1/2 mile to the peak.

The trail was gorgeous! Really loved the alpine zone and ridge walk from the south to the north peak. There was some serious blowdowns that were cleaned up. I don't think I would have been able to get around the blowdowns.

This was another hike I had been wanting to do for quite some time. I was going to do it in the winter, but the day I was going to go was way too cold. Sadly I was never able to reschedule. But today was great weather, in the 80's. And my knees were feeling good. After my hike up North Moat I got a good feel for how my knees were going to perform. I figured they would be fine to get up to the peaks, but might give me some trouble on the way down. I'm happy to say that they were totally fine the entire way. On the Moat hike my right knee was giving me trouble. But this hike I felt a couple twinges in my left. So I decided to put the knee brace on it, just in case. Once at the top I took it off, and left it off for the hike to the other peak, and the entire hike down. Didn't have a single issue other then a couple twinges in my right on the way up. I could feel my legs and knees getting really tired, but no pain.

The hike was pretty easy going, with a few stream crossings that were manageable. I could see that they would be a bit more challenging if the water was higher, as the rocks would be under water; wet feet for sure. As i was saying, trails and stream crossings, all easy going until last 1/2 mile, when it turned into a real grind. Reminded me of Bigelows. Had to take a few breathers along the way.

I have to take Pauline on this hike sometime this summer! I was listening to Frost Burned audio book.

Sorry photos are not in the right order. Apple Photos is a useless program. You order the pictures, but when you export or add them to another album, they end up in a pretty much random order.

Images

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Almost to the top of the last 0.5 mile. The hardest part by far. I would go counter clockwise.

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Hancock south peak. Made use of my gorilla pod for this shot

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Outlook on south peak. Met this girl that was also solo hiking, from Boston area. We took pictures of each other

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Couple boardwalks along the ridge from south to north peaks. The ridge is really pretty. Very dense, lots of dead and living trees

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First stream crossing. Lots of rocks to hop across. All streams were like that actually

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Hancock north peak

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First intersection, take a left

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After a stream crossing, I had to really look around to make sure this really was the trail, which it was

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Second intersection, take a right to get to the south peak, left for the north peak. I went right, which I discovered was the better route. Lots of loose rocks and high rock steps


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