Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks East Osceola, Mt. Osceola, NH
Trails: Greeley Ponds Trail, Mt. Osceola Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Four other vehicles on my arrival at 1:45 pm, but barely room for my vehicle given the large spaces between the other four vehicles; zero vehicles on my departure at 6:45 pm  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Trivial 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few duck-unders, but I forgot to bring saw 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None to be seen, but Osceola Trail up East Osceola would be challenging for most canines 
Bugs: Trivial 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nada  
Comments: I have not posted here for long time, but the four hikers ahead of me on this day leads to my following rant. Bareboot post-holers are a scourge, but butt sliders are even worse. If you cannot stand up when hiking down steep winter trails, then please take a mountaineering course from one of the fine local concessions and learn how. I realize that there is now a Facebook site for butt sliders where posters brag about their exploits, and refer to those such as myself as buttslide haters, which indeed we are. Butt sliders, some using plastic saucers bought at outdoor stores, are turning all of our winter trails into icy troughs, which within minutes to hours become boilerplate luge/bobsled runs, impenetrable to uphill traffic in snowshoes or microspikes. Moreover, butt sliders are a menace to other hikers, if not themselves, and sooner or later will succeed in maiming or killing someone who cannot get out their way in time. When, not if, this unfortunate assault occurs, the butt slider responsible should be held accountable for this negligent and reckless behavior, and face prosecution to the full extent of the law, no different than that accorded to drunken or smart phone distracted drivers. I tried my best to use my snowshoes to clean up the posthole mess left between East and Osceola by the fourth inconsiderate hiker who bragged to me about leaving his snowshoes in his car, but was only marginally successful.
Name: HFKA Dr D 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2017-01-12 
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