I’m just heading out to Franconia Notch for a two day hiking trip. You can track our progress here http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0kJrQt2m2uD5vS0vt7qJXssrHNumrYL0g. I will update the blog post if I have cell phone service. We plan to go south to north and tent near the summit of mount Flume.
UVM played Albany at home yesterday. The first half, simply said, was great with the game tied at the half. Albany came out aggressive and the third and ran up the score to overcome UVM and take the win. The team has struggled all year with the second half after showing they can play with any team in the first half.
We are just coming into spring and Lacrosse is already in full swing. The season is shaping up to be a very exciting season for McCrae with many exciting things happening already. We are just entering the high school season and getting ready for the summer tournaments.
It won’t be long before we are all on the side lines sweltering in the heat.
Pre Season Highlights
|McCrae was selected to attend the Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse camp this summer. Back in February McCrae and I spent three days in Florida for the tryouts put on by 3DLacorss. We had alot of fun and McCrae worked very hard. Highlight video, day1, day 2 and day 3.|
|Just yesterday McCrae got a text from a buddy telling him he was listed on BostonLAX as a top freshman to watch.|
|Weston has played two scrimmages and kicks off the season this Saturday (pictures from Rivers game). Weston is looking pretty good with many new things for the team this year. Lots of new kids on the field after a large number of senoirs graduated and a new head coach.|
Sunday I went climbed White Face and Passaconaway which are south of Waterville Valley. Went with a group from the Meetup Random Hikers. Met up with two people in Waltham and arrived at the trail head just before 8:00am. While it looks a lot like spring here in Boston and in the valleies in New Hampshire it is certainly still winter in the mountains. There was two to three feet of snow on White Face, Passaconaway and the ridge in between. We went up White Face via the Blueberry Ridge trail which was very well traveled. Snow shoes were a must on the top half of this trail. The Rollins trail over the ridge was fully covered with fresh snow and lots of drifting snow, but it had been traveled by one person who was just in front of us. Dicey’s Mill up Passaconaway is again well traveled and we ran into a couple who were sleding down which looked like a ton of fun. We decended via the back side loop which had not been used in many weeks. During the day the sun had warmed up the snow so we spent lots of time banging snow off the bottom of our snow shoes. It was amazing how much snow would clump onto the bottoms. It was like standing on snowballs. The back side loop from Passaconaway was tons of fun on the steeps and all the wet deep snow. Made for some exciting snowshoe sking.
The total milage for the day was 12 and we were back at the car about 4:30pm. Total elevation for the day was 4,662.
UVM pulled together a BIG win over Wagner in Burlington this weekend. Chase is now in his second week of doing face offs after our FOGO tore his ACL. Chase had a great game, and even pulled out an assist. One parent said he got a Williams’ hat trick. 10 face offs, 10 ground balls and 10 penalties. Bob pulled together another great highlight reel and I’ve posted pictures.
McCrae was able to make the trip this weekend, as did Cody. After the game we had a family dinner at the Guild in Williston. Di and I split the 30oz bone in rib-eye as did Chase and McCrae. The meat was great but I like their other restaurant the Farm House much better. The atmosphere is a bit boring and in the end it is an expensive steak house.
It is amazing how different the weather can be from one place to another. Spring is setting in Pinkham Notch but Washington is certainly a different story. Last week on our summit of Washington I mentioned we were covered in Rime Ice when we reached the summit. I was just reading a blog post from the day before we arrived that has a great picture of Rime Ice on Washington.
Looking at this picture I’m struck by how something can look so cold and so warm at the same time.
Although spring will be here soon I think there are still a few days of winter in the mountains.
My cousin didn’t have to work Tuesday so we decided to make another attempt at Washington. Our last attempt was cut short .3 miles from the summit due to weather so we were excited to give it another try (http://chrisdiannefamily.com/2013/02/18/winter-camping-trip-with-travis/). We took off from Boston at the end of the day Monday and arrived in the cog parking lot about an hour before dark. We hiked to Lake in the Clouds Monday night and tented on a snow cover ice flow near the AMC hut. We were tucked away and eating dinner 10:30pm and in our sleeping bag by 11:30pm. The start of our trip was a learning opportunity as we unfortunately started the Ammonoosuc from the summer lot, which meant we ended up packing out just over a mile of unpacked wet snow.
At 11pm Monday the weather was just amazing and from our tent we had an amazing view of Washington (Go-Pro pictures did not come out). I couldn’t't wait to get up the next day and see the sun rise over Washington. The weather report for Tuesday was rain starting mid-day so I was positive we would see the sun rise. When I poked my head out of the tent in the morning you couldn’t only see 50-100 feet due to fog. By the time we finished breakfast we had mix of rain and sleet and a 40mph wind.
We were determined to make the summit so we packed up camp and set off. We started off bear boot but switched to crampons when we came across an ice flow where the trail cuts across the fall line and I looked down and said boy if you fall you are not going to stop… We stayed in crampons but snow shoes would have been OK as well once past the ice flow. We made the summit after being pelted by freezing rain and 60-70 mph winds. Fortunately the air temp was right around freezing so I cannot say it was cold for Washington. When we got to the summit we had a quick celebration and a good laugh because we both looked like ice cubes as we were totally iced over and our bags looked like snowballs. I think rime ice was actually forming on our bags. We had hoped to explore but it was miserable up there so we made a glove change had a clif bar and started down.
One row and three columns:
The trail along the ridge over to the top of Jewell was treacherous. The wind was blowing hard enough to blow you over and I felt if you fell it the wind would blow you along the ground and over the edge. As we walked we looked like that TV commercial that has people walking leaned to one side. The wind was coming from our left and we had to lean against the wind in order to not get blown. The right side of the trail drops off and we were walking on mostly blue ice so we stayed with crampons. As we got closer to Jewell there was no perfect foot wear selection. The ground changed from blue ice, slush, water, wet sticky snow or rocks. At one point I stepped on what looked like ice but it turned out to be about 2 feet of slush. Needless to say I ended up getting wet. The top of Jewell was rocky so we went back to bear boots and switched to snow shoes near the tree line. We probably should have switched sooner as we did spend some time post holing between hard and soft snow.
It rained all day and by the time we got back to the parking lot it was a full downpour so we decided to go via North Conway and stop for a burger and beer.
I’ve never used a GPS on a hike but our last attempt to Washington convinced me it was a great investment and I recently purchased a Garmin Etrex 30. The size and weight are perfect and the fact you can use it with your gloves on made it even better. It is really amazing the data you can collect now. I’ve been using a Spot GPS locator which is great to let people know where you are and if you are OK or not. But the amount of data tracked by the GP is really cool. I saved a few images from the GPS. I did not spring for the Garmin temperature sensor but I imagine the elevation and speed plots would also then have temperature, which would been even cooler. I imagine it won’t be long before they have a wind sensor so you will then have windy speed and windchill.
Both UVM and Bryant came into yesterday’s game with a losing record. Both teams have played a hard schedule and I’m sure both were looking for a win. Quickly UVM was down and at half time it was CATS 1, Bull Dogs 4. Personally, I felt good about the score and was feeling even more positive for a win. In our prior games, we were first on the board and held the lead in the first half and so going into the second half behind seemed like maybe a better strategy. I was predicting a tie at the end of the third and a UVM win. At the end of the third, UVM was up by one and at the finial buzzer, it was a tie.
The clock is set for overtime and the whistle blows for the first face-off. The Bull Dogs face-off guy had UVM beat all day, winning 10:2 over day. Not in overtime. UVM comes up with the ball after #24, long pole scoops the ball in a scrum. Shortly thereafter Drew, #17 finds some loose change in his pocket and buys UVM the winning goal. The UVM women’s ski team should also get credit for the win as they certainly were the loudest fans.
Chase started at center defense and played the game in what looks to be a new role. The team heads out to Virginia today for a week in the sun, a game with UVA (UVM head coach’s Alma mater) and Quinnipiac.
Dianne and I drove up to Di’s Alma mater Dartmouth for a Tuesday lacrosse game. Although being back in Hanover brought back memories mom cheered for the right team. UVM had a good lead at the end of the first but Dartmouth fought back and took the lead in the third. It was a very exciting game with Chase playing a new role. Chase has been playing in the number two long stick middie role but today he moved to center defense and started. Very exciting to see him in a commanding role, but unfortunatly a position that is very hard to photography.
In the end UVM lost a hard battle. Wishing them luck on Saturday.
The boys came out strong and were up 2:0 early but the tides turned and Providence won in the end.