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The Best Lesson on Adams

There are things that spin out of control and all you can do it try and hold on. I’ve been doing that for a while now and in the process, getting in a lot of hiking. It’s become a part of me and something that I use to center myself and gain some sense of peace in my life. So, in a moment when I cannot even find my center and everything is spinning, I decide to head above tree line. I decide to go for Mt. Adams. On top of an unstable work situation that I just have to sit and wait for the outcome, I got bifocals this week, which has caused me to think thoughts of growing old and entering another phase of my life essentially alone. So, let’s just escape my issues and test these glasses out. On Adam’s. The second tallest of the White Mountain 48. On top of everything else, Isis has also been suffering the effects of my changes and for that I am hoping to correct a few things in the future. We arrive at Appalachia at 7:30am and I am already disappointed to be parking on the side of the h…

Picture Perfect Franconia Ridge

Truth be told, I am avoiding things these days… Keeping to myself and avoiding aspects of life. Of course, the best place to do this for me is in the mountains. Maybe that’s why I have been hiking like crazy lately? And what better way to escape than to get above it all? Today, I was going to take the Ridge, Franconia Ridge to be exact. For the redline, for just over 25%, and for the love of not having to think, or thinking thoughts that I don’t think below 5 thousand feet. The best thing was that this was going to be one of those perfect days and I was going to have a complete view from Lafayette all the way to Liberty. Of the three times I have been to Lafayette, I have never had a view. Isis and I start our day very early and hit the road at 4am. We are at the trailhead and underway by 630am. The air was cool and the sun was already out. Since Isis and I were going over to Liberty so, we went up the Old Bridal Path rather than falling waters. Which meant we would hit Lafayette firs…

Hale and Zealand Moments

Flexibility comes into play a lot when I am hiking. I start out with a plan and take it from there. Constantly evaluating the conditions, Isis, and myself, how far can I go? I always shoot high and adjust if I need to. Since my Pemi got washed out, I had gone home after grabbing Flume and tried to find something to overnight on. I had started out with Hale, Zealand, and the Twins, figuring on a nice night to camp, I thought that the twins for s sun set and sun rise would be perfect. Considering I was only out for an overnight, I condensed the gear and was able to use my red Gregory Jade 38 pack. My EMS velocity 2 tent fit on the side and everything else fell into place. I had stopped over at EMS and picked up some Super Feet insoles (green) to alleviate some foot pain that I often experienced after getting off the trail too. I was all set to go and because I was determined, I didn’t follow the weather as closely as I usually do. Isis and I get up Saturday morning and get underway a li…