After a busy summer and fall, I've been taking some extra time off during the quiet month of November. The second week of the month delivered several fine, sunny late fall days.
On the first sunny day of the week I finished up the drainage cleaning (17 of them) and did a fair amount of brushing on the lower mile of Passaconaway Cutoff.
Good rock waterbar.
Got these two drainages flowing again.
Cascade on west branch of Oliverian Brook.
On the way out I bushwhacked to a favorite beaver wetland for a massive view of Mt. Passaconaway.
The wild profile of Square Ledge.
SOUTHWEST SLIDES OF MT. OSCEOLA
Some slide bushwhacking beckoned on the warmest day of the week. I had been to the big Southwest Slide on Mt. Osceola in October, but had failed in an attempt to visit the older eastern fork of the slide. A return trip to this sunny side of the mountain was in order for some unfinished business.
Nice late fall hardwood walking on Waterville Valley X-C ski trails on the approach.
MORE TRIPYRAMID WANDERINGS
On the last nice day of the week, I returned to a favorite haunt on the west side of Mt. Tripyramid, and explored a series of old logging roads on a traverse from the south link of Mount Tripyramid Trail across to the North Slide. I went partway up the North Slide, then returned to Livermore Trail via the north link of Mount Tripyramid Trail.
Another pleasant stroll on the easygoing Livermore Trail.
(From the Livermore Trail) “continue on the main logging
road above the Forest Service road, which leads to the logging
operations on the NW slopes of Tripyramid, and which climbs in zigzags.
Select one of the highest corners on the L, and, leaving the road L,
contour through the woods, without trail, reaching the N Slide in less
than ¼ mi."
After a sidehill bushwhack from the road corner I came out on the slide at about 3000 ft.