On Saturday, March 25th, we hiked Bald Mountain in Dedham. It is a short, but steep, hike. The weather was incredible!!! My car displayed the temperature as 34 degrees, when we started. Luckily, we got out in the morning. It clouded up later in the day. While we were out, the sun was glorious. It is beautiful to enjoy snow and such intense sun. Today was one of those spring days that you feel the sun recharging your inner battery.
The trail today was well packed. Snowmobiles had packed it down well. This hike could have been done in boots. We met two snowmobilers on their way down as we headed up.
As we climbed the steep section, Frosty suggested that I use my heel lifts. This trail was the perfect terrain for it. The heel lifts ease the strain on your muscles and tendons going uphill. I had never used my lifts before. I actually forgot they were there. Frosty had to show me how to raise the lifts up. I worried about using them. I was unsure that these little bars could hold my weight. They not only held me, but they worked great..
There are nice views from the steep section, which is open. So, if you need to take a break (or ten), you can check out the view while resting. The top has several towers, poles, and small buildings. If you keep walking past these, there is an opening and a great view. We could make out a snowy Mount Katahdin in the distance.
This hike was the first hike that Frosty used his new backpack on. He recently got the Gossamer Gear Kumo. Robert says this pack “sings” at 15 pounds. The pack worked out really well for him. He liked the way it felt while on. Frosty plans to put it to the test on a longer hike.
This hike is close to the Bangor area and short. If you don’t have a lot of time and live in the area, this might be a perfect choice for you.
Gear used today:
Tubbs Flex VRT Snowshoes, Black Diamond Trail Shock Trekking Poles, Limmers, LL Bean gaiters, Darn Tough Socks, Yama Pogies, LL Bean Mittens, Gossamer Gear Kumo, Stormy Kromer The SK Outfitter Vest, Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe, 1/4 zip wool shirt, Buff merino wool neckwear, Johnson Woolen Mill Worsted Wool Pants, and Aloha Eyewear Stone Creek MX1 Men’s Wraparound Bi-focal Sunglasses
Tubbs Flex ALP snowshoes, Black Diamond Trail Shock Trekking Pole, Stormy Kromer Ida Outfitter Vest, Buff merino wool neckwear, Stormy Kromer The Millie Kromer Cap, Apana running mittens, Darn Tough socks, LL Bean AT 38 Day Pack backpack (the link is the updated version of Magoo’s pack), merino wool leggings, Layer 8 wind pants, Cabela’s Women’s Ultimate Lightweight Merino shirt, Kamik Greenbay 4 Boots, Costa prescription sunglasses, and OR gaiters.
Note: The weather ended up being spectacular. We shed some gear like the Poggies and Apana mittens. We could have gone lighter with our clothing.