Dorset Vacation: Hardown Hill (G SC-011) 679 ft, 27 June 2015

We are staying at the foot of Hardown Hill in the town of Whitchurch Canonicorum. The first evening, I hiked to the summit to check out an operating site, there was a good one at a bench on the top. Set off the next morning with the HFgear, a nice walk along country lanes. This…

Hike to Mt Markham (5728 ft) and Mt Lowe (5606 ft) 17 June 2015

Thought I would would hike two peaks that I had never been to before: Mt Markham and Mt Lowe. They do not have prominences of 500 ft, so they are not official SOTA peaks. Markham has a prominence of about 434 ft (131m), Lowe a prominence of about 287 ft (87m). They are near Occidental…

Mt. Islip (W6 CT-010) 8250 ft, 12 June 2015

I was thinking of doing the long way again, from Islip Saddle, but decided to be lazy and did the direct route up to Windy Gap from the Angeles Crest Highway, then up to the summit; only an hour and 10 minutes. 20 minutes to windy gap from the road, up the steep use trail…