2019-09-24 at 14:26 #7493Udar GromovKeymaster
Day two summary: late start from Ore Hill Shelter to the next shelter (Hexacuba) and even a bit further – to a low spot by the river – Jacobs South Branch. High point – Mount Cube – 2,909′.
06:52 – It is Friday. I woke up in my hammock in NH. It wasn’t a very cold night. Some loud birds were yelling and crying continuously around 4 AM. Very distinct and neurotic sounds – as if someone actually crying of being scared in the dark, or yelling about forest fire. Disturbing. Today’s hike will be about 7.1 miles through a 3,000′ mountain.
07:15 walked a considerable distance from the camp to the opposite side of the crest. From here I almost can’t see my camp and just hear the rustle of yesterday’s companion somewhere around the fire pit.
07:49 I hear dogs barking somewhere not do far. Where is that coming from? I finished all my morning routines and I am ready to walk back to camp. I am in a good mood. I rally can do this – and work, and trading, and life. If only boiler to keep working this winter as usual in basement.
This camp area doesn’t have water. Map shows a spring, but there is not open water anywhere.
08:55 all is ready to move on.
09:17 I reached Cape Moonshine Road 0.6 miles away. Sign shows 5.2 miles to the top on Mount Cube.
10:00 – 10:52 spread all my things on a rare bench by the route 25A. This is actually not a bench, but a pile of planks to be used atop of trail wet spots. I am firmly on a page 4 of my trip map . Yesterday I’ve started on page 5 and I will be going towards page 2. I can hear the passing cars and even some bus. In the next 3 miles I will climb from 1,000 to about 3,000′. I am stating to shade clothes – the day is heating up. Continue breakfast with 2 oranges. I use orange peel as a bug protection – nice smell and all natural. And work for about 40 minutes.
I picked up a wooden stick to compliment my regular walking stick. It trimmed itself to a perfect length.
11:00 Slight confusion where to go next at a summer Camp Moosilauke (Upper Baker Pond Rd, Orford, NH 03777). I have to cut through some underbrush to get back to the trail.
11:54 Extended water filtration stop at a small brook. Sun sometimes is hiding behind the clouds. But the weather forecast shows no rain!
12:21 crossing another brook – just a photo, but no memory of that
13:35 – 14:18 I’ve reached a split in a trail. I would drop the backpack here and just walk to a North Peak. My short walk is somewhat confusing and even annoying. The trail is narrow and overgrown. It goes into ramparts, and I have to check with GPS where to go next. I have too many things in my hands – camera, water, a green apple. And I can hear voices, but I do not see any people. May be they come from the other peak? Very strange. And I am tired. This is my second day. I need to get into the routine of walking with a backpack. To get along with a program.
14:45 – 15:00 I am at the South Peak – a mixed Russian-speaking couple with a small dog walks onto the mountain, and I recognize them by just one command to the dog: “Fooo!”
15:56 side trail goes to Hexacuba Shelter, but I continue to march on.
16:17 crossing Jacobs North Branch. For a send I thought that I’ve arrived, but then I looked at the map – a little bit more hiking is needed to reach the goal.
16:56 a good dirt road crossing the trail towards Eastman Ledges
16:59 I am on the pedestrian bridge over Jacobs South Branch. I will seek a camp spot around here.
For the next several hours I would find a slightly slanted spot in the woods on a high river bank about 60 yard from water, take a swim in the river, cook my food on a titanium stove and even saw a couple trying to take a spot really near me, but decided to move closed to the river and the walking bridge. There are no pictures or notes of these 3 hours.
19:54 – notes writing in my hammock. I could hear people somewhere nearby, but I can’t see them. This is a very logical spot for camp – lower altitude makes for warmer temperatures, running water, crossroads with several trails and even old road nearby. Faint sounds from passing cars are audible. This is a case when I was able to pick a camping spot just unis the map. And the choice appears to be good. Encroaching sounds of human habitat and proximity to civilization is a distinct feature on this trip. In Maine it was miles and miles without roads and any sign of civilization
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