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The Carter's... Got Snowshoes?

Making a commitment to something takes guts sometimes. We commit ourselves to a lot of promises and some fall away. For me, I’ve committed to finishing off these winter peaks and I am fighting tooth and nail to do it. Between the weather, my own psyche, and time, I feel like I am up against a wall. This morning, I convinced myself to get going and get to the Carter’s again. Given last week’s turn back, I really wanted to get these three peaks. The roads at 5am were slick with black ice and this made me feel late. It seemed to take forever to get to the trail head at 19 mile brook. The Carter’s are by no means a favorite. They are not one’s that I go out of my way for and rather they are one’s that I get when I “need” them. Isis and I get ready and we are off down the trail. Snow shoes already on my feet to help keep the trail in good shape, 19 mile brook is well packed out as usual. It’s so well-traveled because of the hut that Isis and I make great time to the first junction. I am fe…

A Carter's Attempt. Breaking Trail Solo is Hard To Do With a Little Dog.

I am prefacing this report with the fact that it was a great day to be out on the trails. Remember that any day that is spent in the woods and in nature is better than sitting at home on the couch (at least that is how it is for me). Lately, I have been escaping to the woods as a form of release and to of course continue to move towards completion of my winter peaks. Isis having completed her multi season 48 is just along for the ride (until I decide if she is gridding for sure). So, today we were going to attempt the Carter’s from 19 mile brook and it has snowed recently. It has in fact snowed a lot. So, seeing as we are hiking solo primarily now, Isis and I are going to see what we can accomplish, knowing that we will be breaking trail and also hoping that someone will have gotten to it yesterday after the snow officially cleared out. Isis and I are on our way at about 430am and the roads are good for traveling with the only slick spots through Franconia Notch. Isis likes to play a …

The Tripyramids in Winter and in the Moment.

There are a lot of goals out there for people to strive for, to improve one’s self, to be more open, to take a step forward career wise, or maybe to scrap everything and start over. I feel as though I have had a chance to start over with a new job that is essentially a new career for me. After an exciting week of learning the new job and one snow storm flat out in the middle of the week, I reached Saturday and it was time to get to my other goals. Back in September, as I was finishing the New England 67, I told myself that a triple win at the next annual meeting would be possible. Those wins being, my New England 67, Isis’ multi season 48, and my Winter 48 set. It would be a great undertaking and one that I would have to dig deep for. Today, the alarm was going off for the Tripyramids. I am now 14 peaks away from my final goal for the hiking season (prior to the annual meeting). I’m happy to hit the trails and at the same time fighting with myself to make this a hike and not a “get it…

Mt. Isolations and the Pup get's to 48!

Rachel is my person. She brought me home from the kennel to live with her and I had no idea the places I would go back then. One month after I was in her home, she brought me to a mountain, Tecumseh and boy was it cold. That was December of 2012 and now, today she has gotten me up at quarter of 4 from my crate. I always know what we are doing when she wakes me up this early. We are going hiking in the mountains and we are both happy. She keeps talking to me about the number 48 in-between singing to the radio. I am not sure what she means but it must be pretty cool. Apparently today was going to be a long day too as she keeps telling me to rest up. So, I slept for a lot of the ride. Good thing too because the roads were crappy going to the trail head. New snow greeted us (about 2 inches) and someone who didn’t know how to park at a trail head (they were in the middle of the lot practically). Rachel spoke to them about it. She’s good for that. They didn’t listen though and I sure hope w…