The past few weeks I've been trying to get out into the mountains and make up for lost time. This summer I didn't spend nearly enough time hiking in the White Mountains. With an extended foliage season, it wasn't hard to get out the door at 3am for sunrise missions (some complete failures) and document a few hikes for upcoming presentations.
This peak must be in my top 3 hikes in the White Mountains. Views of 40+ other 4'000 footers from the fire tower are some of the best in New Hampshire. The hike itself is sneaky difficult with over 4,000 feet of vertical gain but the trail is rugged and beautiful like many of the trails in the Whites. Squall and I loaded up at 3:30am to try and make the 6:45 sunrise. This wasn't nearly enough time and while we saw the glow to the east, we were consumed by clouds on the final ascent. It was cold and windy but we decided to summit anyway while waiting for the clouds to clear. There were some small breaks in the clouds offering limited views to the south but overall we were skunked. With most hikes though, it was worth the effort. Here are some photos from that hike:
Zealand Notch & Guyot
Fast forward a couple days and I reached out to Jon Secord about taking sunrise photos in Zealand Notch. We both thought Zeacliff was a good idea so we made it happen. We were slightly rushed to get up there for first light and barely made it. Part of the mission was to shoot a product video for a hammock bug net and it was the ideal location. After the sunrise, we headed up to Guyot for views of the Pemi Wilderness - foliage was beautiful in all directions.