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
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 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
A few miles before we made camp we finally made it to MAINE!!!! It is hard to explain how exciting and surreal this feels. I remember wondering when we started if we would ever make it this far, and here we are. Our last state line and only 300 miles to go! Continue reading
For real this time! Yesterday we got a shuttle out of Gorham from the hotel owner, got back on the trail, and took on the Wildcats. The Wildcat Mountain range is a series of five mountains that involve quite a … Continue reading
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.
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
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
Franconia Ridge is incredible!
This place can only be described by photos, and even those don’t do it justice: Continue reading
Over Mt Moosilauke and officially into the White Mountains! It was our first mountain over 4500 feet since Virginia, and we could tell. The descent from Mt. Moosilauke was the hardest thing I have done yet at the end of a long day, but the views from the top were wonderful! Continue reading