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nice winter vistas after gruesome hike=well worth it
Posted By: khardur, 03-01-2009, 11:10 AM

Hey all.. Got home last night after about a 4.5 hour hike up Mt. Greylock. It happens to be the highest peak in Massachusetts, and I'm fortunate it's only about 10 minutes away from my house.

I went up the Thunderbolt Trail, an old ski trail apparently used quite frequently back in the 50's. Here's a shot of the whole mountain I took from a couple years back:

There's a big rocky patch you can see on the above photo - the thunderbolt trail goes up to the right of that.

I'm not in bad shape physically, but that trail is a whopper with a backpack with camera, lenses & crap, plus extra shirts, water/juice, snacks, and the tripod. I really have to weigh the whole setup and see if I can pare anything down.. Thank goodness I took the extra shirts too - by the time I got to the top my inner layer was soaked - so I removed it all and replaced with the dry shirts - I was very comfortable.
Anyway, here are the pictures from this trip:
1. Looking out from near the top of the trail:


2. War Memorial tower on the top of the mountain:


3. Sunset - I was starting to get fidgety because I know the side I have to go back down faces east and thus gets dark quickly.


4. One more before I started my ride back down the trail. I brought a small sled with me called a swiss bob. I rode that down the less-steep portions...

I walked/jogged down the steeper parts because it was too dark and I didn't want to break something.

5. One last shot just before I got back to the car at the bottom of the mountain.


As I was taking my stuff off my legs felt like jello. Actually I've groaned quite a bit getting around the house today, that was a strenuous trip. But well worth it, except for a few pictures which were ruined by interference from a cell tower on the top of the mountain. (caused nasty diagonal banding on some of the pics which I didn't notice until I got home - *grumble* - will post one of those shortly in this thread.

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Excellent series of images, even the one with banding. Congrats on the effort and the reward!

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Dan, I enjoyed seeing this series. I have never been up Greylock although I've been out
that way more than once. You really made the most of the opportunity, well done!
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Very Nice!!!
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The hike was worth it Dan, you have some really good photographs here. Thanks for posting them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vievetrick Quote
Great series. You can almost see my house. just kidding. I have to get out there some time.
You're not too far from here - in the spring there should be some real nice waterfalls going...

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Excellent series of images, even the one with banding. Congrats on the effort and the reward!
Yeah, I'm debating if I should try and salvage some of those - or try a different spot in the next few weeks before the snow melts.

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Dan, I enjoyed seeing this series. I have never been up Greylock although I've been out
that way more than once. You really made the most of the opportunity, well done!
It's a really nice drive from the N. Adams side, a lot of spots on the side that have great views. It really is worth the trip.

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Very Nice!!!
Thanks.
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The hike was worth it Dan, you have some really good photographs here. Thanks for posting them.
Thanks Heinrich.
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Looked with the utmost pleasure. Very beautiful pink sunset. Thank you.
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Great use of you time - wonderfull lanscapes and sunset. Well done Dan.
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Excellent series Dan. Beautiful shots. Next time you'll have to bring a winter tent and get some sunrise shots

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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Excellent series Dan. Beautiful shots. Next time you'll have to bring a winter tent and get some sunrise shots
Don't think I haven't thought about that! I've got a sleeping bag rated down to 0 degrees. But with the time up this particular trail was just under two hours... I could also leave early and get there before sunrise. That would save some stressing out my wife would have about me staying overnight.

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Great use of you time - wonderfull lanscapes and sunset. Well done Dan.
Thanks Dave. It was a lot of fun, and finally my legs don't feel sore anymore.

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Looked with the utmost pleasure. Very beautiful pink sunset. Thank you.
Thanks drmartin, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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