South Baldface Attempt

It was a gorgeous warm and sunny day in North Conway, so after breakfast we set out to explore the area to the south of Evans Notch, along the New Hampshire / Maine border. Our destination was the Baldface Circle loop, our guidebook told us that this circuit traverses over 4 miles of exposed ridge line with great views. The trail was fairly well packed until the Chandler Gorge, but after this point the trail breaking began. Arduous work eventually lead us to the Baldface Shelter after around two hours. From here we were confronted with deep snow, high winds and spindrift up the steep headwall leading to the smoother ridge crest. Upon attaining the ridge, the wind was simply too strong for safety, gusting well over 100 km/h. We were forced to retreat just before reaching Baldface Knob.

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We decided to take a detour to the Chandler Gorge on the way down (loop in the middle)
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This gives a sense of the massive snowfall the Whites have had this winter
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Considering the upcoming contours in the Baldface Shelter
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Leaving the woods we were greeted by spindrift
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The hard work was not unpaid – we were rewarded with great views from just above the shelter
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Looking up towards Baldface Knob
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Evans Notch
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View from the day’s high point

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