Cannon -- again! We had planned to do something longer on Sunday, but Sunday's weather was just plain awful...rain plus snow plus more rain....I don't mind hiking in snow, and I don't mind hiking in rain during the summer...but snow + rain during the winter = too great a risk of hypothermia. One of the important tricks to winter hiking is to avoid getting wet (and therefore dangerously cold).
So instead of a nice long hike on Sunday, we opted for a short, quick hike Monday morning. The girls' scheduled schoolwork and extracurriculars kept us from staying out all day, but Cannon is close to our home and therefore a relatively quick excursion.
The trails boasted two to six inches of fresh powder, so we had a bit of work cut out for us.
Up we went. The snow was light, so the effort wasn't too terribly strenuous.
We experienced the occasional one/two-foot drift...
...but we got to treeline sooner than we expected. It was a bright, sunny day...but cold. I didn't put on my balaclava before venturing out into exposure-ville, and I regretted it. This wasn't quite frostbite weather, but my face was uncomfortable nonetheless.
We got up and over the last push, then we headed toward the summit tower. I didn't take a photo up on top, since my hands were getting cold.
We lounged in the ski building and drank hot cocoa for a while before descending.
|Franconia Ridge, one of our views while heading down Cannon|
Hope you're all having a nice end-of-winter.
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