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Mt Monadnock - Oct 30, 2005


A freak 60-degree day at the end of October (the day after a snowstorm) - weather too fine to stay indoors!
Took the Pumpelly trail this time, nearly 5 miles each way.
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you should see an image here After a flat stretch in the woods, the trail climbs up onto the ridge and you get some views. Here's a look back northward to Dublin Pond, where the trail begins.
you should see an image here Another view toward Dublin Pond. The trees don't really thin out much for most of the ridge, so you'll see some branches in the next few frames.
you should see an image here A bit higher up, a view back to both Dublin Pond and the woody point where the earlier photos were taken. Also, a trace of snow visible at lower right.
you should see an image here A tough shot into the sun - that's the summit ahead.
you should see an image here This ice looked like it was melting fast.
you should see an image here Close-up on the melting ice.
you should see an image here Last bump to climb before the summit.
you should see an image here Does this puddle look familiar? It should
you should see an image here Another shot from the same spot, showing the summit just ahead. Quite a difference in visibility from last year!
you should see an image here Final steps up to the summit. Those hikers are on the White Cross Trail.
you should see an image here More hikers approaching the summit from the East.
you should see an image here At least three more hikers are visible here climbing up from the West.
you should see an image here Most people faced south for their summit picnics, since the wind was from the North.
you should see an image here Typical crowd on the summit.
you should see an image here Same shot, panning farther left.
you should see an image here View south from the summit - Bald Rock in the middle distance.
you should see an image here I descended the White Dot trail a little ways to find "my tree" which I've been photographing as part of my Monadnock time & weather series
you should see an image here Then it was back to the Pumpelly trail. I found a good viewpoint for surveying the route ahead.
you should see an image here Panning to the right - the exposed upper section of Pumpelly Ridge.
you should see an image here I told you this ice was melting fast!
you should see an image here Another close-up.
you should see an image here A typical view from the ridge.
you should see an image here A reprise: the last bump on the ridge, and Dublin Pond behind it.
you should see an image here A final view before passing back under the trees.
you should see an image here The fall foliage was a bit past its prime, but not entirely over.
you should see an image here Dublin Pond.
you should see an image here Another one of Dublin Pond.

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