the TrekMobile on Rt 124 near Jaffrey, NH, Bugs and I headed up the side of Monadnock on a cold overcast December morning. It was snowing lightly. The trail heads straight up, following a rocky dry creek bed. I was wearing my usual assortment of multiple layers of turtle necks, sweat pants and sneakers. Bugs had his righteous winter coat. The trail is a bit tricky here and you have to be careful not to lose track of it.
I had to lift Bugs over some of the tougher obstacles; icy boulders etc, but he was up for it as usual. The picture to the right was taken very near the top. As I was standing on the icy ledge wondering how both of us were going to manage getting up this last climb, I looked down and we made eye contact for about 30 seconds as we together thought this through. Just like we always do. I had to hoist Bug up the last steep and icy ledge. Then we had a clear shot over the frozen summet.
Getting back down was actually harder at first. Although Bug does have crampon-like claws, they didd't work too well in this environment. I had to hold on to him tightly and skid down several parts of the descent.
Of, course, I got us lost on the way back, my specialty. Bug found the right way, as usual, and off we went. Until he lost his eyesight and smell, Bug was MONEY! on the trail.
Below are some pictures of the trek up. I hope you enjoy them. On the way up, we passed by a guy who was heading down the trail from the top. He was wearing crampons and had full Alpine climbing gear. 'Nuff said.