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Rick Shortt
peakbagger, hiker, occasional caver, mountain lover
peakbagger, hiker, occasional caver, mountain lover
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No matter what I try, I cannot get Chrome Remote Desktop to work properly on Peppermint 6 (nor could I on Peppermint 5). It only offers "Remote Assistance" and the much more useful "Allow Remote Access" option does not appear under "My Computers" like it does on Windows. There are instructions in the Chrome Remote Desktop Help pages for creating a virtual desktop session but I am obviously doing something wrong. Has anyone else gotten this to work properly? If so, can you tell by looking at the attached screenshots what I need to do?
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2/23/17
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On the final day of our trip, we manged to get to the spectacular summit of Chocorua in less than ideal conditions but it was wonderful and dramatic nevertheless with tendrils of cloud hanging on the nearby peaks and occasionally washing over us as well. But we did get our views, and with the exception of bypassing the Three Sisters in order to get here before it socked in, we actually managed to do everything that had been on our itinerary for the entire week - even doing the short hike up Copple Crown Mountain and then bushwhacking down its side to the Strafford County highpoint in the rain after we finished our hike of Chocorua.

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We met up with Tommy for another hike today, this one being a half day hike to South and Middle Moat Mountains. The foliage was stunning, almost certainly the brightest and most colorful of the trip. And as both these peaks are mostly open near their summits, the views of peaks near and far were also wonderful.

Afterwards we had lunch in nearby Conway then said our farewell to Tommy as he was heading back towards home today. Peter and I however did a second hike just a few miles away, one that has been on my wishlist just as long as The Moats, that being the substantial climb to Kearsarge North and its awesome fire tower and spectacular views in every direction.

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This was Peter's big day! After making the at times ridiculously and hilariously steep ascent up the herd path to Vose Spur, I reached the final New Hampshire peak I needed for the New England Highest Hundred. I still lack quite a few peaks in Vermont and Maine to complete this list though. The same was not true for Peter, who now stood at 99 of 100. We would continue from here for one of the best adventures of the week - another two hours or so of challenging bushwhacking along the ridgeline up to the summit of Mount Carrigain, where upon reaching the summit Peter simultaneously completed four major peakbagging lists - the New England Hundred Highest, White Mountain 4000 Footers, New England 4000 Footers, and the big prize (in my opinion) - the Northeast 111/115.

It was a perfect day to be on top of this grandstand peak right in the center of the Whites and the 360° views were extraordinary, perhaps the best of the entire trip.

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Our traverse of the Kilkenny Range was, all things considered, probably the hardest hike of the week. We started in the dark and finished in the dark on this near 21 mile shuttle hike that had nearly 7,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain as we made our way over a dozen distinct summits, half of them ranked peaks with over 300' of prominence.

We had great views from Unknown Pond Ledges as well as The Horn and a couple other spots that I'd had less than great or no views from once before. And we even saw a bull and cow moose as we climbed North Weeks.

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On a long awaited day, we finally got to hike with John Thompson, one of the most accomplished peakbaggers in the Northeast and a great guy. We were lucky enough to meet him in Keene Valley in 2012 but it took until now to join up on the trail. He led us on a little known route to the awesome rocky cap of Nubble Mountain (a.k.a. Haystack Mountain), then up a great slide route to the summit of Peak Above The Nubble. This is yet another New England Hundred Highest peak and it also had a nice view from near its summit to boot.

After we finished and split up, making plans to regroup for dinner later, I dropped Peter off for a traverse of Mount Hale while I went and hiked to the open summits of North and Middle Sugarloaf.

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Today, while Peter hiked the peaks of the Willey Range, I met up and hiked with my good friend Tommy Bell who had decided at the last minute to cancel his Colorado trip because of weather and come to New Hampshire instead. We did a classic in the Presidentials - up Ridge of the Caps to the summit of Mount Jefferson then down Castellated Ridge, eventually using The Link to complete the loop.

We could hardly have asked for a better day in this notorious range, save for fewer clouds on our descent as the temperatures and wind were quite mild for October. We had challenging and fun scrambles and some awesome views, especially on the first leg of the hike.

After getting back to the trailhead, we met up with Peter and the three of us did the short hike up to the summit and great views of little Mount Willard to cap off the day.

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This was a great hike up 3,926' Mount Nancy, another New England Hundred Highest Peak. Shortly after starting up the trail, we saw a porcupine - only the second one either of us had ever seen. That was a real highlight and we spent several minutes taking pictures, trying to get a couple of good ones. Farther up we were treated to the surprisingly high and scenic Nancy Cascades, all of which cannot be seen from any one spot along the trail. Higher still there were the scenic Nancy and Norcross Ponds along with a scenic view into the vast Pemigewasset Wilderness from the outlet of the latter. Then we were finally treated to the entertainingly steep herd path up Mount Nancy. Views from the top were limited by clouds but still quite impressive, mainly towards the Prezzies and Carters.

After getting back down to the trailhead, we did a second hike to both peaks of the Doubleheads, near the town of Jackson. This was yet another very steep hike, but the views were wonderful, especially from the lower south summit.

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Today I did a repeat of the Osceolas along with Peter because I remembered them being a steep and fun climb and was hoping for better views from the higher peak this time. Alas, they were even worse because we were in the clouds our entire time on the summit ridge. At least the challenging trail was still entertaining. Then I dropped Peter off at the trailhead for the Hancocks, two more 4000 Footers that I didn't have any real desire to repeat.

While he was doing those I drove farther east on the Kancamagus Highway to do the lower peak of Mount Potash. It would have been a great little leisurely hike, but even at its considerably lower elevation I was still in the clouds and missed the views from its open summit ledges. Another one for the repeat list.

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Scar Ridge is a trail-less peak that is one of the New England Hundred Highest and was our goal for our first day in New Hampshire. This involved climbing a steep ski slope on Loon Mountain with unexpectedly great views, then following a herd path to the base of the summit cone. From there it was a moderate bushwhack to a viewless but pleasant summit.
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