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19 January 2016

A Winter Trek to Black Mountain (Benton, NH)

INTRODUCTION:

Beginning with this posting to my blog, I am going to try something that is new to me by reducing the narrative, and putting more emphasis on captioned photos.  Should a reader desire more detailed information, I am most willing to reply to questions/comments posted to this blog; or, an e-mail can be sent to me (click HERE for address).

This trek to Black Mountain (Benton, NH) was a simple "out and back" hike of about 3.6 miles (round-trip).  It was done in mid-January 2016 using the Chippewa Trail.

Black Mountain is on a list known as the "NH 52 With-a-View" (click HERE).   Also, any reader who wants more details about this particular mountain can find a wealth of information by clicking HERE.

PHOTOS and MAPS:
Map showing the location of Black Mountain (highlighted in pink at upper left of map)
One of several ledges along the Chippewa Trail BEFORE reaching the summit of Black Mountain
Photo taken a few steps away from Black Mountain's summit.  Mt. Moosilauke is seen in background, partially obscured by clouds.
Vista looking northeast to east from summit area of Black Mountain.  Kinsman mountain range at left; Mt. Moosilauke at right.
Closer view of massive Mt. Moosilauke featuring the cavernous Tunnel Ravine (a.k.a. Benton Ravine)
Highly zoomed view of Mt. Moosilauke's Tunnel Ravine (a.k.a. Benton Ravine)
Topographic map showing location of Mt. Moosilauke's 5 major ravines
Looking northeasterly with Kinsman mountain range just left of center, and Mts. Liberty and Flume faintly visible BEHIND Kinsmans near center of photo.
Zooming in on Mts. Liberty and Flume (on horizon, near center of photo)
Looking westward near the end of the day. Some of Vermont's high mountain peaks are visible on distant horizon.
A couple of the trail signs seen along the route to Black Mountain


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6 comments:

  1. Those are some spectacular photos, John! And the topo map showing the Moosilauke ravines is a great addition. What a view Black has into Tunnel/Benton Ravine!

    Steve

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    1. Thanks for your kind compliments about the photos in this posting, Steve!

      And regarding the five Moosilauke ravines, I feel privileged to have accompanied you on bushwhack adventures to all of them except the Gorge Brook Ravine. Thank you for that! I’m very appreciative.

      John

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  2. Hi John,

    I was very interested to read the beginning of this post as I, too, have been toying with the idea of posting mostly pictures and foregoing a detailed narrative. As you've probably noticed, I haven't posted anything since the tribute to my Dad. I'm having a difficult time getting into "descriptive writing" mode but I still have plenty of great travel photos! I have to think about it…

    Anyway, I loved the winter views and scenes from this Black Mountain hike!
    Any big snowstorms headed your way?

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    1. Hi Rita,

      It’s very interesting to learn that you are also considering experimenting with your blog format. For my blog, a high volume of comments are related to the photos, and so it seems logical to place the emphasis where the reader’s interest seems to be.

      Also, you will likely recall from your school days when it was taught that a story should answer the questions of who, what, when, where, why, and how. It seems to me that all of those points can be addressed via a short introduction to the blog posting, combined with concise captions for the photos.

      And further regarding the elimination of a wordy storyline, there is that old adage about “a picture is worth a thousand words”! :-)

      John

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  3. Much obliged,

    I stumbled onto your blog 2 years ago and have enjoyed the great photos plus the narratives. Thanks for the outstanding material, I moved to twin mountain five years ago and have been using your blog as a planner for hikes that I have taken; or hikes that I will take in the future. Looks like I will have to get Black Mountain on the to-do list. On a side note; I live a short walking distance to the Cherry Mountain Trail, I noticed that you covered a lot of interesting material on this mountain.

    Thanks again, Greg M.

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    1. Greg, I am much obliged to you for following my blog, and for taking time to post a reply.

      You certainly live at an enviable location by being within walking distance of Cherry Mountain. Regarding my multiple postings about that mountain, I have a vested interest since I maintain the Martha’s Mile trail (the hiking corridor that runs along the ridgeline between the peaks known as Owl’s Head and Mt. Martha).

      I’m delighted that you find my blog useful for your hiking adventures. And thanks again for your comments.

      John

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