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Hungus
City: Roxbury
State: New Jersey
Country: USA
Begins: Oct 4, 2013
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Oct 12th, 2014
Start: Stirling Pond Shelter
End: Roundtop Shelter
Daily Distance: 14.3
Trip Distance: 93.4
Hours Hiked: 8.75
Daily Ascent: 3350
Daily Descent: 4850
Entry Lat: 44.672548
Entry Lng: -72.726652
Min Temp: 50
Max Temp: 70
Breaks: 5
People Met: 8

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 405
Journal Visits: 5,533
Guestbook Views: 330
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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View From Whiteface Shelter

Last of the big Mtns (for this trip)

The wind kicked up last night and remained steady until the sun came up. I managed to stay warm though I had to readjust around midnight. My foot side was a bit too low. Once I corrected the hang I was out cold until 730. I broke down and moved into the shelter which was protected from the wind. There was a note from Anne left for me to sign in. She had arrived early in the morning and was in her tent. She basically didn't want me to skip out on the $ 5 fee for staying at that spot. I made my coffee and got ready to hike when she came over. I paid up, we chatted a bit, and I was in my way up to Madonna Peak. The climb up was pretty standard with a few technical spots. The top had a warming hut for smugglers notch with a killer view. I wish I had the energy and time to make it there last night. I took a quick break then headed down to Chilcoot pass. After going through the pass the trail went up and over morse mountain to white face shelter. This had a great view of Madonna peak with the nose through the pass and the chin sticking up over morse. It was 1140 and phish tickets for nye went on sale at noon. I hung out and attempted to score tix to no avail.

A bit bummed I started the serious .4 up to the top of whiteface. This climb was seemingly straight up but with no super technical spots. Once at the top I started the lonnnnng downhill. After the first mile the trail leveled out a lot and gave me some of the easiest walking yet. I picked up the pace and made it to bear hollow shelter where I stopped for a late lunch. After quickly eating my tuna and pepperoni wrap I hiked on as I still had about 7 miles to cover. For the next 4 miles though the trail followed an old woods road, then a gravel road, then a railroad bed, then through a farm field, and finally to the Lamoille River. I got to the suspension bridge and took a break as I did that 4.1 in 1.5 hr.

After a quick break I started the uphill to prospect rock. The hiking was still easy but I was tired. I forged ahead and made it up to the overlook. I could see whiteface and the entire valley I just hiked down. It seemed too far to go in one day. After the overlook I beasted out the last 1.6. I made it to Roundtop shelter as the sun was dipping below the horizon. Perfect timing. I watched the sunset and listened to two grouse thump their chests on either side of the ridge. I also heard a hawk screech. It was a beautiful moment. Again I had the shelter to myself. I thought there would be at least 5+ people as there were a lot of cars at the parking lot and no one on the overlook. Next I went and got water from an old school hand pump and sat on the picnic bench reading the shelter log. As I was reading a barred owl screeched SO loudly it made me jump. It was only about 20 ft away in a tree. It screeched again and I shined my light at it and got a great look. 10 seconds later if flew off and started hooting down in the valley. I decided to setup in the shelter. Partly because it was so cool looking and partly because I thought I would have the steady wind again as the night went on. I was right. About twenty min later the wind kicked up and is holding steady. I cooked dinner and browsed through a coffee table book of landscape photos that was left in the shelter. After dinner I crawled into my sleeping bag and prepared for a solid night sleep.

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