And the race is on! December 22 marked the first day of the 2011-2012 calendar winter season. Alex and I hope to finish the "winter 4Ks" before March 20; this means ascending 22 mountains in 12 1/2 weeks.
Our first peaks of the season were North and Middle Tripyramid. Unfortunately, New Hampshire has not yet seen a lot of snowfall; the trails were just as bare today as they were a month and a half ago, when Sage finished her all-season NH48 in early November.
Since the days are now at their shortest, we set off at sunrise.
We took a break at the intersection with Scaur Ridge Trail...
...before hiking up to the ridge.
Once at the intersection with Pine Bend Brook, we'd only 0.8 miles to go to our first summit, North Tripyramid. Those 0.8 tenths proved to be rather tricky...Livermore and Scaur Ridge had looked like fall, but Pine Bend Brook looked very much like winter. The previous night's freezing rain had turned into ice, ice, and more ice...
After a wee bit of lounging, we headed back to North Tripyramid, where we did a whole lot of lounging.
Happy birthday to me!
28 down, 20 to go. Happy Winter, everyone.