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Thread: Just finished all NH 3000'ers

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    Senior Member SpencerVT's Avatar
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    Just finished all NH 3000'ers

    I climbed Whitewall Mountain and Shoal Pond Mountain on Sunday which completes every 3000'er in New Hampshire.
    It was a quintessential fall day. Brisk air, smell of decaying leaves, endless sunshine.
    Every single hiker and family on the trail had a dog except me. It got to the point where I thought a forest ranger was going to take me into custody for not hiking with the seemingly mandatory dog.
    The whack up Whitewall was really easy taking an approach from the north and avoiding the cliffs. Whitewall is one of the best trailless peaks in NH in my opinion. Views all over the place. I then whacked down the southeasterly portion of Whitewall avoiding the cliffs. It was actually a pleasant whack down with periodic southern views. Nice meadows with withered fall ferns and grass. It had the vibe of the opening credits to that television show "Little House on the Prairie. A quaint frolicking bushwhack down to Thoreau Falls.
    I crossed the brook and began the ascent to Shoal Pond Mountain. The hobblebush was way over Shoal-der-high. Near the summit the woods changed to horrendous conditions and it was a decrepit chaotic mess of thick matchstick forest and relentless blowdown. I finally found the canister and then whacked down the (also super thick) western side to the Thoreau trail where I hiked back to the Zealand parking area in the dark.
    32 degrees back at the trailhead. A fantastic NH day!

    Views from Whitewall, a NH trailless gem:

    Looking back up towards Whitewall during the descent, the sky looks like Smurfs playing Twister:
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    Congratulations! Whitewall (and Eagle Cliff) are on my short to-do list. Lucky for me, my wife has a renewed interest in hiking and so we've been nibbling away at the 52WAV of late.

    Bike, Hike, Ski, Sleep. Eat, Fish, Repeat.

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    Congrat' I think we were chasing you up one off the Mahoosuc trail earlier this summer. Your experience on Shoal Pond Peak matches the occasion comments about it being gnarly.

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    Senior Member Grey J's Avatar
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    Very impressive accomplishment. Nice photos too.
    "I am a pilgrim and a stranger"

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    Member Rhody Seth's Avatar
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    Well done!

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    Nicely done. Now that you've finished, what do you think is the best 3000'er? Baldfaces?
    Nothin' on the top but a bucket and a mop
    And an illustrated book about birds.
    You see alot up there, but don't be scared:
    who needs actions when you got words?

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    Senior Member Grey J's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by iagreewithjamie View Post
    Nicely done. Now that you've finished, what do you think is the best 3000'er? Baldfaces?
    I stared a thread on this topic a few months ago in which I proposed Chocorua as the best looking summit profile, Crawford as having the best views, and the Baldfaces as being the best 3K hike. Others chimed in with numerous suggestions. Lots of good hikes in the NH 3Ks, even more if you get off trail and bushwhack like Spencer.
    "I am a pilgrim and a stranger"

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    Senior Member WhiteMTHike's Avatar
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    Good job! Lot to be said for 3000K footers. Some have better views than many 4Ks.
    "The laborers day ends with the going down of the sun, and he is then free to
    devote himself to his chosen pursuit, independent of his labor and his
    employer". Henry David Thoreau

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