An Unexpected Meeting

plaque celebrating maine ccc

Had a good hike today. The sunny blustery weather made for really enjoyable hiking. It is lovely to not be totally soaked! That being said we tend to hike slower on nice days, and ended up not arriving at camp until nearly 7pm, which generally makes me a bit grumpy because we have to hurry to get everything set up, and dinner eaten before dark, but instead there was a lovely surprise waiting for us. Continue reading

Rangely, ME

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Rangely was a stop we hadn’t intended to take. We were well on our way to making our goal mileage for the night, when it decided to downpour for about 3 hours. We’ve recently been leap-frogging a lot with a guy named Hooker, but we lost him today when he stopped to take shelter under the tarp of a summer camp group when it started to rain hard. Continue reading

The last few days in a nutshell

Climbing down the other side.

Terrain has been a bit kinder the last couple of days, though we are still climbing mountains. We had another morning of some incredibly views from Bald Pate Mountain where we climbed a huge expanse of exposed rock face up to the summit. Tremendous 360 degree views that would have been completely clouded in if we had gotten there a few hours earlier. Continue reading

The toughest mile on the trail!

Mahousic Arm

The Mahousic Notch

We knew we what was coming today, we’ve been thinking about it for ages, and it finally arrived. The Mahousic Notch is infamous, and called by thru-hikers “The Toughest Mile on the Trail”. On our elevation profile it looked pretty simply, a gently rolling downhill before a steep climb. Continue reading

Back On

Walking from Mt Washington

After two days of wonderful rest at my folks house, my mom was kind enough to take us back up Mount Washington and leave us at the summit. We greatly appreciated not having to do that climb again with well loaded packs! It was breezy at the summit, but so completely different from the hurricane force winds we dealt with when we were last there, that things felt incredibly calm.
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Mount Washington

Sunset at Lake of the Clouds

we got a late start on the Presidential Range leading up to Mount Washington, the second highest peak on the trail, and our last mountain over 6,000 feet. Considering our late start, and tired legs we decided to take it easy and try to work for stay at Lake of the Clouds Hut about a mile and a half before the Mount Washington summit. Continue reading

AMC Huts on the Appalachian Trail

Mountains just after sunrise

Got on the trail by about 6:30 this morning, and stopped by a wonderful spring about a mile into our adventure. Nothing quite like a whole bunch of clear, cold, thirst quenching water to start the day off right! We hopped over boulders for five or six more miles, and arrived at Galehead Hut about 10:30am. Continue reading