Craig Nelson and I just spent a chilly two and a half hours crunching out a five miler in the Camden Hills. Here is a link to the map of this hike.
I consider the Frohock Mountain trail the loneliest in the Park, because it just doesn’t connect to anything- it’s out and back, and the summit (at least in the warm weather ) doesn’t have a view, it is leafed in.
During this time of year, the leaf drop allows one to look out to the east to see glimpses of the Bay, and to glance west brings views of the ridges of Lincolnville/Searsmont in the distance. We had our boil up, as usual.
I feel it is excellent practice to ignite wood, or even alcohol stove fires in the windy sub freezing temperatures.
Even though it was below 20 degrees and breezy out, my clothing selection was adequate. I had on for skin base a ultra-thin Ibex wool short sleeve t-shirt, covered by a wool blend long sleeve Trek bicycling shirt. I like the bike shirt in the cold because it affords a double layer of fabric over the kidney area. My outer layer was my Patagonia Houdini shell. The Ibex wool gloves I had on were inadequate. My hands were painfully cold. I have yet to figure out an acceptable hand cover for when I am using my hiking poles. Wrist straps complicate things. I think it should be shelled mittens with inner liners.
Later, at home, after rising from the couch, I experienced a terribly painful episode where both my thighs cramped up , a seriously uncomfortable bout of pain that had he shrieking like a baby. I would very much like to understand what I have to do to prevent this type of reaction after a day of harder than average leg exertion. Any good ideas?