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2014 The Year in Review

(If ever there was a picture that could define a year, it's this one from Mt. Adam's over the summer.)

                No one can really predict how a year is going to progress. I had started 2014 with a clear plan, to simply be better than I was the previous year. I wanted to do trips that would stretch my comfort zone and test myself. I wanted to continue working on my Grid but not letting it be the sole focus of my hiking. I wanted to do my Grid in such a way that I was not confined by rounds of the 48 (to date, I have pieces of my 4th through my 7th rounds completed and 2 left for my 3rd round). For those that are new to the story, I am working on what is called THE GRID or climbing the 48 four thousand foot or higher peaks in New Hampshire and climbing them in each month of the calendar year (48x12 or 576 total summits). A hiker has as much time as they need to do this  should they choose to undertake it and while some finish it rather quickly, I am taking a slower journe…

Owl's Head for a Celebration and a Challenge Accepted.

When the opportunity comes to grab an Owl's Head Summit, you take it. It's not the easiest peak to get to. You really work for it in any season and anyone will tell you they either love it or hate it. I happen to love this hike. Today, I was attending yet another Grid finish for 2 fantastic hikers in our community, Jason and Andrew. I am honored to call these guys and anyone that I hiked with today, my friends. This was a fantastic group of skilled hikers who shared something special today. For me, it was a hike for December, my last fall hike of 2014, and another step on my Grid. More than that, this mountain will make you work for it. At least for me, that was how the day went. It started with fighting to get out of bed and ended somewhere on the summit. In-between, I faced my doubt, insecurities, and other negative feelings. I came out on top celebrating with Champagne for my two friends achievements.

              I came screaming into the parking lot think…

Tom and Field for a Heart Felt Loop

The turn around for the weekend was quick. I came home yesterday and got ready for today's hike. It's not often that I pull a double header anymore but I think this weekend called for it. I needed something. I was surprised that I didn't talk myself out of it at 4am this morning but on the road by 5am (I hit snooze a few times), Isis and I were off and feeling pretty good. I think the later start helps.  I do need sleep and by that I mean quality sleep these days. So, we are driving through Henniker on 202 and what catches the corner of my eye... A shooting star. I needed that although no wish was made. I just appreciated the sight. again, the roads were pretty good with clouds through the notch that stayed until we got to our notch... Crawford Notch. Isis and I park at the Highland Center since the Depot is not plowed. I have a confession to make. Last night I put my boots into my snowshoes and secured them in the bindings as tight as I could and left them lik…

Figuring it out on Wildcat... Another Attempt

I have really got to learn that the mountains will take whatever you are going through and humble you all the more. This week had been a mixture of ups and downs for me. First to start the week by unloading a very large weight on my shoulders in the form of debt relief, I watched my dreaded hot tub drive away to a new home. Then to continue, on top of the world because my doctor finally made the move I had been wanting. I don't have to go back to see him for two years. That will be four years without blood work and to me that essentially means that I am Hashimoto's free. I finally beat it back far enough that it's not anything that effects my life and I did it all with hiking, a good diet, and dedication to myself. I was on top of the world. Soon to come crashing down with work stress, and vowing to "figure it out" (my motto lately), I began clawing my way back to feeling human. Then Wednesday hit... I'm so going to the Wildcat's that will …