9/13 stealth past Cascade Mountain (6)

October 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

We took a little holiday in Gorham, one of the last ‘vortex towns’ of the trail.  It was nice to spend some time with friends and take our minds off hiking.  We are all a little mentally exhausted from the trail.  We ate, rested, ate, resupplied, ate, and did laundry.  The next day, of course, no one wanted to leave.  The cold weather (a tough wake-up call after our brief Indian summer) and the dull rain was not particularly motivating either. Limey, Snakebite, First Gear, and Greenlite all headed to Pinkham notch and we finally dragged ourselves back to the […]

9/11 Gorham (US 2) (12.6)

October 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

We woke up today sweating!  We were very confused.  Where we back in Pennsylvania instead of camping at almost 4000 feet in the White Mountains?  Sure enough, we got out of our tent and packed up in a bizarrely warm sunny morning.  Indian summer is here!  We spent a lazy morning hiking up Middle Carter and stopping to enjoy the sunny 70 degree weather even on the exposed mountains.  Mt. Moriah was a perfect lunch spot with its wide ledges.  We stretched out in the warm sun and I thought it was funny that after a week of freezing cold […]

9/10 Wildcat Range Zeta Pass (10.3)

October 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Well, last night I awoke frantically to clapping and yelling.  This is because Mark apparently woke up to snorting and sniffing, and immediately became the cause of my own consciousness.  I’m glad his bear reflexes are so strong, but in this instance it was a false alarm since the culprit seems to have been a curious nocturnal mammal in the raccoon family.  We were sleeping alone for one of the first times on the trip, however, and we were somewhat illegally camped in a remote and secluded stealth spot, so we were both pretty jumpy.  We survived, as did our […]

9/9 Mount Washington (Camping at Pinkham Notch) (13)

October 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

What a beautiful day!  We woke up to utter relief after a tough night.  It had been a cold, bitter night where the wind seemed to try to rip the Lake of the Clouds Hut apart by the foundation.  The sunrise accompanied by the calmed winds were welcome sights.  The crew woke us up and had us quietly file into our bench before the guests were woken for breakfast.   It was tough to smell food again that we couldn’t eat after our long evening the night before of the same, but we had some small snacks in our bags […]

9/8 Lake of the Clouds (4.8)

October 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

We woke up to a steady rain at treeline.  It was light, but consistent, and the top of the mountain seemed to be pretty clouded over.  Disappointed but hopeful, we knew we had to at least make it as far as the Lake of the Clouds Hut, a quick 5 mile traverse across the exposed ridgeline.  We tried to convince ourselves that the weather had a chance of clearing and allowing us to continue, although the odds were against us. Still, we set out before the other thru hikers at Mizpah, determined to get an early enough start that we […]

9/7 Mizpah Hut Camping (13.8)

October 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Today we actually made it out before Ash and LOBO, although we didn’t by any means get an early start.  The first few miles of our day were a huge relief after the Franconia range.  One of the nicest trails in the region, Ethan Pond Trail is a forgiving, flat descent.  We reached Crawford Notch quickly and began our ascent up Webster Cliffs.  The climb was one of our steepest yet, but the exposed ridge that it followed up made it one of our most scenic climbs as well. We climbed hand over hand up the first section of rocks […]

9/6 Camping after Zealand (10.6)

October 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

It was cold this morning!  We got one of our latest camping starts yet, and were the last ones out of the campsite.  It was so hard to get out of our bags after we were spoiled with Vermont’s summer weather (not to mention four days in a real house).  We did fight off the desire to hibernate eventually and force ourselves to get moving.  After yesterday’s freezing temperatures and fierce wind gusts, we were expecting to face a rough morning on top of Garfield, but of all things the wind had died down and the sun had come out. […]

9/5 Garfield Pond Camping (7)

October 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Well, we took another zero after the Kinsman slack pack day.  After hustling to get to NH, we’ve caught up to a pretty big bubble of hikers.  Since many of our trail family members are still behind us, we don’t feel a lot of pressure to rush anymore.  We decided from here on we want to take the trip slow and enjoy this last beautiful month. So, we said our last goodbyes, ate our last good breakfast for a while, and continued on.  Hiking up Franconia Ridge was challenging not only because it is the true beginning of a very […]

9/3 Kinsman slackpack (16)

October 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  A trek over the Kinsman range today turned into a longer trip than we anticipated.  My dad slackpacked us for the muddy sixteen miles so we could enjoy the last of our ‘day hiking’ feelings in NH.  After this, it’s back to lugging our own weight around since we won’t be hiking anywhere easily accessible from the Lincoln area again (See: you can’t get there from here, Ref: every old timer in New England).  Damselfly, Zeke, Mark, and I approached the range with excitement, but found ourselves slowed a little by the rough roots, muddy patches, and boggy areas. […]

9/2 Hiker Feed Zero

October 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

  Good food, good people, and a good location at my Uncle Tom’s for some grub!  Today was a nice break from ‘the daily grind’ of our amazing adventure.  Thanks Uncle Tom, Aunt Rachel, mom and dad!  You guys are amazing!  The hiker crew at Uncle Tom and Aunt Rachel’s place, stuffing themselves.