What do you do when your plans get wrecked, and your backup plan becomes just a day to book miles?
Some days, you can’t believe your outrageous luck. A beautiful summit, golden light, and the Milky Way. What more do you need?
It’s been nearly three years to the day since one of my most fateful hiking trips on Adams.Does the date have significance, or was it a fluke?
Sometimes, they blow the higher summits forecast. The weather changes, occasionally for the better.
Mt Washington is known to have its way with hikers, and its weather is notoriously fickle. Sometimes this force of nature is for the good.
It was windy, almost autumnal, but a fine two day traverse. When you can’t see much through the clouds, what makes it special?
How do you describe perfection? Maybe start with things that are more fundamental. Like a three day hike. Golden sunsets. Stars like diamonds.
Sometimes you look up and see clouds. You hike up, and see something more.
And then there were none. I finished my winter 48, and my fourth season, on the most bluebird of bluebird days.
Mt Liberty and Mt Flume, Lincoln, NH. 2022-02-20. (Sunday) Via Whitehouse Trail, Liberty Springs Trail, Franconia Ridge Trail. Approx 8.7 miles. 15 dF +/- at the trailhead, 10 at the summit. Sunny to start, with rapidly closing high level clouds. Wind at Liberty and Flume summit was a light breeze to start. Back at Liberty on the return, the winds were brisk and bitter. Trailhead: 1030; Liberty Summit: 1300; Flume […]
When the temperatures are so numbingly frigid, what else will ever be memorable about that day? Can there be anything after that?
Sometimes you’re in between booking mileage, and something epic.