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Monadnock Weekly Report 04.05.13

Posted on by Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Program Coordinator

04.05.13

 

“And take off your hat for me to Monadnock, the most high-bred of our mountains.”- James Russell Lowell, 1890

 

The silhouette of our "high bred" mountain peak during sunset, 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel

A silhouette from our “high bred” mountain peak during sunset, 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel

 

Mount Monadnock continues to transition out of Winter and into Spring and despite the date on the calendar and conditions in States south of us, snow and ice are still largely present on the mountain’s trails.

Spring is in the air, but winter can still be found on the ground. White Arrow Trail, 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel

Spring is in the air, but Winter can still be found on the ground. White Arrow Trail, 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel

Despite the warmer temperatures forecasted for the coming weekend and into next week, hikers coming to Monadnock are still encouraged to wear layers and be prepared for colder temperatures above treeline.

Monadnock’s summit is mostly exposed bare rock with pockets of snow present. However, MicroSpikes or similar spiked traction devices are also still needed on many trails in the lower and middle elevations of the mountain. Gaiters will also be helpful in warmer temperatures as the trails are going to be wet and muddy and feature melting snow before long.

Snow may be disappearing quickly from the summit, but there is still much of it in areas below. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel

Snow may be disappearing quickly from the summit, but there is still much of it in areas below. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel

Winter conditions on the ground are still surprising some (lots of) under-prepared and ill-equipped hikers.  Some more 50+ degree days next week and rain will likely continue to help the trails move beyond winter into the next season…Mud Season!

Its not time to break out your sneakers and tank tops, kids. 04.04.13 on Mount Monadnock. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Its not time to break out your sneakers and tank tops, kids. 04.04.13 on Mount Monadnock. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Speaking of which, as usual, the Town of Dublin has closed Old Troy Road until Mud Season ends and the gravel road hardens, which means there is no vehicle access to the Dublin Trail. Thinking of trying to drive there anyways? Take note that most local tow companies will not come to pull you out of that road if you get stuck. They don’t seem to care for instances where their tow trucks also need a tow truck.

Due to mud and ruts, I would also not plan to drive down to the Marlboro Trail on Shaker Farm Road for the next few weeks either.

A view north to Mount Kearsarge- Rollins and Winslow State Parks. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

A view north from Monadnock‘s summit to Mount Kearsarge at Rollins State Park. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

 Congratulations!

My new nephew, Edward Elias Hummel, was born at 7:38 this morning. Congratulations to Ed and Laura!

Alden James Zboray was born last night at 7:51pm to a former Monadnock State Park Manager. Congratulations Andrew and Lindsay on baby #1!

I look forward to seeing both Alden and Eli in hiking boots, discovering and exploring New Hampshire State Parks before too long.

Welcome to future Monadnock climbers, Alden and Eli. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Welcome to future Monadnock climbers, Alden and Eli. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

 

This Month in Monadnock History

For this week’s moment in Mount Monadnock’s history, we are going all the way back to April of…2012. It was 1 year ago when the Society For The Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF)successfully completed their most recent land conservation campaign on our Grand Monadnock.

The sun sets behind the Green Mountains of Vermont, viewed from the White Arrow Trail. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

The sun sets behind the Green Mountains of Vermont, viewed from the White Arrow Trail. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

The Forest Society protected two more tracts of land at the base of Monadnock, totaling 418 acres. It was the largest SPNHF land acquisition on the mountain since 1915. The organization’s campaign was buoyed by generous donations from private foundations, state grants, and the Town of Marlborough. Thanks to the advocacy of Eastern Mountain Sports and JetBoil, the Conservation Alliance kicked off the campaign with a $25,000 donation. In addition to numerous private donations from the general public, the NH Land and Community Heritage Program (LCHIP) contributed $125,000, the NH State Conservation Moose Plate Grant program contributed $30,000; the Town of Marlborough donated $25,000; and an anonymous donor contributed $50,000. 

The Stowell Tract, 359 acres in Marlborough on the north side of the lowest ends of the Marlboro Trail, was outright purchased by SPNHF.

The Royce Tract easement, owned by former Monadnock State Park Manager Charlie Royce, is located on the north end of his property, just south of the Monadnock State Park Headquarters area.

White Arrow Trail. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

White Arrow Trail. 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Thank you to all who contributed, including smaller, but just as meaningful donations from the general public. Last year’s campaign helped to widen protected lands on Mount Monadnock to nearly 6,000 acres total, combined between the three land owners of Mount Monadnock’s parcels: The Society For The Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the State of New Hampshire, and the Town of Jaffrey. All of the land and trails collectively make up Monadnock State Park.

Good night Mount Monadnock. Another sunset photo from 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.

Good night Mount Monadnock. Another sunset photo from 04.04.13. Photo by Patrick Hummel.


Park Manager Travel Quiz

As noted in the Weekly Report on 03.22.13, I was away and unable to post a report last week. Combine the names of the two pictures below to reveal where I traveled to:

 

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I am happy to be back home in the Granite State, despite the comfortable 70 degree weather we were lucky to have and enjoying a week filled with theme park rides and roller coasters (I was cut in line at the Hollywood Tower Hotel ride by Scottie Pippen of all people, which is especially frustrating to a life long NY Knicks fan like myself).

We’ll see if there is more mud than snow in next Friday’s Report.
Until then, happy trails!

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About Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Program Coordinator

My name is Patrick Hummel and I am the NH State Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator. I work statewide supporting invidivual volunteers, Friends groups, Trails groups, and community orgainizations in our State Parks. Previously, I was the 8th Park Manager in Monadnock State Park’s history. I grew up in Jaffrey, in the shadow of Mt. Monadnock, establishing a fascination with the mountain at the age of 6. I enjoy hiking, photography, and traveling. I also enjoy non-fiction reading (mostly), Civil War history, and have come to the acceptance that I will never be the starting first baseman for the New York Mets. I am also an avid music fan with a former career in radio and tour management. I now live at the doorstep to the White Mountains. View all posts by Patrick Hummel, Volunteer Program Coordinator →
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2 Responses to Monadnock Weekly Report 04.05.13

  1. avatar Anne Hummel Petruzzelli says:

    The pictures are breathtaking! Nice job!

  2. avatar Karl Putnam says:

    Visited your blog for the first time today. I think it is great. Sorry that you only read nonfiction, as I have recently published a novel entitled, “In the Shadow of Mount Monadnock” It is a nostalgic mystery that takes place in 1963 in the fictional town of Belfast, NH. I had it published at Savron Graphics in Jaffrey. It is available at the Toadstool and several other locations. I have sold over 170 copies so far, many, I am sure, because of the well chosen title. We have lived in the Monadnock Region since 1983. In my youth I had climbed The Mountain as many as three times on a weekend but I haven’t climbed it recently. My son, Bill Putnam was climbing it nearly every weekend but recently I think he has been slacking off.
    Karl Putnam
    PS:I am also a Land Steward for Brewster Forest, A SPNHF property in Dublin, which has a very nice look-out toward Mt. Monadnock.


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