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Tecumseh in the Rain

Life is always an adventure if you make it that way. I often get the comments about hiking a lot and being always busy and perhaps that keeps people away sometimes... It certainly beats staying home for me. Then during the week, my mind drifts from peak to peak trying to figure out where I'll go on the weekend. Which is a nice alternative to some of the other stressful thoughts floating out there. Well, seeing as this weekend, I needed to do errands on the "good weather" day, I figured I'd head up Tecumseh on the "bad weather" day. I wanted to be home relatively early anyway and I also wanted to test out my rain system. Weather is irrelevant with the right layers and materials. I was not in a rush this morning as this peak does not take long at all (if you are experienced). I would also not be fighting with the ski slope traffic since the season is over. So, Isis and I took our time. We pulled into Waterville Valley and saw John and Pepper getting ready at…

The Power in the Pemi

Day One: Flume to Just past Tree line after North LafayetteMileage: 11.3

        I did not take this trip lightly... When I woke up Saturday morning, I was feeling good. I had packed the car the night before and that pack was heavy! I didn't weigh it so as to not psych myself out. I wanted this trip to be a success. I was feeling good and after pulling into Lincoln Woods, saying hello to a few fellow hikers, paying my multi-day fee, using the bathroom, and hoisting that heavy pack on my back, Isis and I were off. To my surprise, the pack sat nicely on my hips and I did not feel the weight at all. It's early and the Ranger station is not open yet but the evidence of the busy season is there in the parking lot... Lots and lots of cars. I was hoping that the threat of cold weather tonight would keep the throngs away. I stopped to admire the bear warning and then to take the obligatory Lincoln Woods shot of the bridge... The Bridge to begin the adventure. 
We walked from 7:06am to…

Moosilauke My Old Friend

Mount Moosilauke has a special place in my heart. It was my first 4K back in 2011 and will remain a beloved peak for that reason. There have been a lot of firsts on this one and each time I hike it, I seem to get called back to it. As if it's telling me that "even in times of transition, it's time to walk it off". So, this week, even though I briefly considered Carrigain, I went for the Moose. Leaving pretty close to 5:30am, this seemed late for me. Route 118 is in decent shape for driving and of course the last time I headed up this way, it was winter so, anything is an improvement. Ravine Lodge Road is open and so, there is no road walk again for a while. I park my car further up and way from the crowd so that maybe I have an easy time getting out at the end of the day. I have packed my winter boots, my Asolo boots, and my trail runners. My snowshoes are also in the car and there is where they will stay. I choose my Asolo's as I am just not sure of the tr…

Washington. Top of the World and Smiling.

My original plan was the Tri's for this weekend. I had not seen them in a while and figured it would be a good test for myself. And then on Thursday, I saw the forecast change... OK, so Washington it is. I had also been feeling the pull to go back up the Rock Pile too. So, after another less than stellar week below the Alpine Zone, I took off for the only place I feel on top of my game... Except I woke up with a raging cold that often gets brought on by stress and dehydration. I knew it was going to be somewhat warm so, time to sweat it out. I shocked myself by getting up on time and we got to Base Station by 7:30am. We started out for the Jewel Trail not knowing what the water crossing would be like. My pack was intentionally heavier so I can start getting use to weight for the Long Trail. The snowshoes are attached to the pack to start too. The water crossing at the base of the stairs from the cog is A MESS. There's a tone of debris and you can't really see a cle…