Ascent of Eagle Crag on 2020-08-04

Climber: Josh Dyer

Date:Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eagle Crag
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3020 ft / 920 m

Ascent Trip Report

I came back this week with the intention of hiking: Eagle Crag in NH and Eastman Mountain (unsure of the spelling as I sit here) next door. I woke up early. I packed lite, as I always do (not just because the elevation was low but because I subscribe to a minimalist perspective). I left my daughter home today and headed to Bald Face parking area and began my hike around 7:15 am. The humidity was high as I started, and it was over-cast; there was a weather advisory due to a hurricane coming through later in the evening (I decided to do two small mountains instead of Washington and Monroe due to weather). My knees had been hurting the days leading up to the hike today and that was also a factor. The trail seemed steeper as I headed up the circle trail past Emerald Pool and across the brook. I felt good but was sweating earlier than last week. I am starting to feel more confident with hiking and my footfalls are smoother than in previous weeks which tells me a lot about fitness as well. I am not sure of my weight (not good for running obviously) but must be a little under 195 (I have been 155-165 in my most fit years). I had some trouble finding the Eagle crag location but located it after some technical hiking (more flat but a lot of small rocks and roots). Once at Eagle Crag I looked at my options, and thought about my physical symptoms: knees felt fine but my ankle bothered a little (basketball injury exacerbated by 80-100 mile weeks in college etc., of running). I decided to head over to Mt Meader (which I thought could be logged but realized it was not an ascent recognized on the list). It was two miles away and four miles out and back. I headed over the Meader ridge and came to a tree enclosed clearing. There were some good overlooks along the way that made it worth it. My ankle began to hurt more but self-massage and retying my sneakers (I am buying some boots and new sneakers) helped. The flats that came next helped too. I went down to the 113 parking area on an irritated foot, a side that felt good, shoulders that still held my bag, aching neck, sweating a lot, one more ascent (I thought was two until I got home and looked), and loved every solitary minute of it. I hope to do a couple other mountains this week; like Washington and Monroe in one day, and look forward to the traverse hike this fall. All hikes are prep for the 100 mile wilderness next year.
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