Catamount Hardware

We tried to skate south along the eastern shore of Lake Sunapee this afternoon, putting in at the Georges Mills town beach, but conditions didn’t allow us to get very far. After 45 minutes we had only made it about 2.5 km, most of which was walking through dense foam-like snow, sometimes postholing, often breaking through the crust into ≈4” of slush. There were a couple short stretches of skateable ice, mostly covered with a light skim of snow. But mostly the top layer of the ice sandwich was still soft (presumably from yesterday’s warmth), and the snow had drifted and solidified. It ranged from grabby to tackle-and-throw-you-to-the-ground-y.

At least the sun was out!

— Christopher Boone