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Garfield and Galehead... So Many Wrong Turns and Everything Turned Out Right.

On a typical Saturday, my alarm goes off at 4am because I want it to… A hikers rise and shine. Today, I was taking on Garfield (4500ft with spectacular 360 degree views). I was not taking this one on alone though as my usual Saturday hikes go. I was to have company and company beyond my usual Hiking partners. This company was the unknown and the unpredictable as a date I had once again accepted.I was nervous and that set the day into motion. I was also staying up there and would not see home again until Sunday. Packing up the car with my gear and an extra bag to stay overnight at my aunt’s house, I had a feeling… A feeling that something was amiss in the equation. Something was just slightly off for me and I tried to pinpoint what that feeling was. This was going to be a far different hike. I could feel it.
As I drove off, I was happy. I was doing something that I loved to do more than anything else in the world right now. When I’m hiking, I feel like I’m on top of my game. I feel tha…

Three Girls on the Hancocks....

The snow from the freak October storm that had given me thirty one inches of heavy wet snow came and went. Oddly enough, so did the snow and with bare ground at my house in Jaffrey, I was still free to hike. The season was in fact not over yet for me, which again gave me the feeling that maybe, I'll do some winter hiking. On this particular weekend, I had decided to set my sights on the two peaks of Hancock Mountain. Given the steepness of the trail, it had been advised that I travel from the north peak to the south peak and down again. This would complete a loop of the mountain and provide me with a nice day hike. Of course on the other side of hiking, I had accepted a date for the night from a man who lived close to me. He had billed himself as a hiker and one that might be able to keep up with me. So, I figured I would entertain the thought. This man was of course already emailing me his wishes of ‘Be careful’ and ‘Be safe”. A nice thought and I appreciate every time someone sa…