Friday, April 19, 2019

Sunny Woods and Ledges: 4/17/19


Early spring at its best: bright blue skies, 50s, open hardwoods, bare ground, and sun-warmed ledges. Visited some favorite haunts on lower Acteon Ridge (Sandwich Dome).

Icy on Old Waterville Road, spikes on at the start.



Monorail on Yellow Jacket Trail. Twenty minutes of this was enough for me.


Off the trail and into the hardwoods.



Beech tree with a twist.



Oak monarch.



Wrap-around ledge.



Beautiful valley.



Boulder land.



A miniature crack cascade.



Mossy flank.



Neat overhang.



Tiny ephemeral cascade.



Going up.



Boulders provide endless entertainment in the open woods.



Steep ridge.



Looking west across a rock face to Carr Mountain, Mt. Kineo, Cone Mountain and Mt. Cushman.



Mt. Moosilauke through Dickey Notch.



Dickey Mountain Cliff above Welch Mountain Ledges.



Made to order for April: a sunny, south-facing ledge perch.



Rolling ridges lead out to the Campton Range.



Springtime, and the livin' is easy.


Ledgy corridor.




Oak guardians.



Granite expanse.



Mt. Cardigan behind Tenney Mountain.



Sandwich Notch.



Campton Range, end-to-end.



Mosses and lichens plead, please don't trample me. Walk only on leaf cover or bare rock.



Late afternoon light.



Early spring scene. The little brook in the foreground will likely be dry in a week or two.



I spotted this little nest last November. It somehow made it through a rough winter of snow and wind.




Speckled.


Pretty little brook, not shown on any map.





Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dickey Bowl: 4/16/19


Bare ground (95%) bushwhacking in the hardwood bowl between Dickey and Welch Mountains, sheltered from the cold NW wind. An amazing assortment of boulders in there.

Went a short way up the trail on the Dickey side of the Welch-Dickey Loop, then headed off into the bowl.



Snowshoes not needed!


Climbers call this the "Shutdown Boulder," as its routes were developed during the 2013 government shutdown.





Had to visit the "Wander Boulder," one of the neatest big rocks I've seen.



This boulder has a roof that looks like it could be a basalt intrusion in the granite.



Closer look.



The massive back side of the Wander Boulder.



This one is called the Arc Boulder for its curving crack.



Another angle on the Wander Boulder.



Deer poop was in plentiful supply. I did see one whitetail on the descent.



Don't know if this snail-like rock has a name.



An impressive cloak of lichens.



A clean rock face.



I called this one the "Close Encounters" rock.




View from the top of "Close Encounters." Heard my first Winter Wren of the season sing near here.



Trekking poles provide scale for this behemoth.



The upper side of the behemoth.



Came across a small slide that had cut a swath down through the woods.



The boulders go ever on.



The hardwoods were occasionally illuminated by a quick burst of spring sun.



April snow patterns.



Looking down from high on the headwall of the bowl.



Went as high as these slabs on the south face of Dickey. Too slippery to ascend.



Took a break on this ledge looking south to the Campton Range.



Mt. Kearsarge and Ragged Mountain in the distance.



Downward bound.



One complicated tree.



A miniature version of the Giant Stairs.



This blowdown would be some work if it was on a trail..



Waterslide at the junction of two small brooks coming off the headwall.