To be fair, Mahousic Notch is just over the border into ME on the AT. But the west end of the Mahousic range is in NH. Mahousic Notch is known for wildly slowing down through-hikers who are used to rapid travel. I recall passing big loaded frame packs up and down and across the jumble of boulders the trail goes through. I did it as a teen but it remains memorable. Old Speck, just to the east of the notch, is another really nice hike though you have to climb the lookout to get good 360 views.
I have vivid memories of ice climbing in Huntington's Ravine, in winter, on Mt Washington, a very shady, very cold place. Belaying a leader meant 45 minutes of zero movement for the belayer--while, off to the northeast, it was gloriously sunny over at the Wildcat Ski Area, with so many skiers making turns in that wonderful sun. I think it was then that I decided to dump ice climbing and take up downhill skiing! I even learned how to ski what was called 'loud powder' which was another form of ice--but no long belays! I was really happy to depart New England for good!
"Loud powder." That's a new one for me. I always like the official snow reports that said "frozen granular." Which was distinct from "ice" in that it wasn't "water ice," and could theoretically break up into "loose granular" if it would ever just thaw.
We used to gauge what our skiing for the day would be like by listening to the sound of the turns happening on the hill above when we got out of the car :-)
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