Black Mountain Pond Backpacking -
Labor Day Weekend 2001
Activity/Photos/Report by Martin K.
Sheldon and myself started backpacking at noon on Saturday reaching the mountain pond after only 1.5 hours of hiking (with lots of mainly tech talk).
Sheldon’s friend Joe was already there. It deserves a lot of respect that Joe and his wife not only went backpacking with their two sons but also invited three nine year old friends and a grandfather.
Sheldon and I then prepared everything for the camp including pitching up the tents and saw firewood.
I then came up with the brilliant idea to throw a rope over a 15 feet high branch for our food bags. Unfortunately the rope got stuck on that branch and it took all our skills (and the whole afternoon ;) to get it back down. Bow and arrow played a vital part in the recovery efforts.
("Robin Hood" Sheldon in the picture)
The night was cool (upper 30’s to lower 40’s) but the wind calmed down in the morning for a beautiful day. After a morning swim in the pond I said goodbye to Sheldon who had to go back home to feed his bird.
I hiked Sandwich Dome by myself that day and enjoyed the very rewarding views of the lakes region and Presidentials.
(Martin on Sandwich Dome, with views of Mt.Washington)
When I came back to the camp I was surprised finding a new tent on the site. Susan decided to join me backpacking. She reached the pond after a little odyssey through the woods.
We cooked a delicious dinner (Rahmen Pasta : ) at our picturesque campsite right next to the pond and enjoyed the heat of the campfire.
When we hiked back Monday morning after a wonderful weekend we passed beautiful flowers in the meadow along the way.