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Humbling on the Tripyramids

Today was full pack day for me... A weeks worth of my food, Isis' food, and the remainder of my cloths were now in the pack. I was at capacity. So, what do I pick for today's hike? Tripyramids. These are not my favorite peaks. They are not even my second favorite peaks. The last time I did them there was snow on the ground. So, yeah, let's close June and do a full pack training run. AND we're going up Sabbaday Brook Trail and Down Pine Bend Brook Trail. It was going to be a long full day and I knew it. I just didn't REALLY know it until I was in it. So, I got up and got everything in the car and we headed down the road to Exit 32... Into the Kanc and we drive past the trail head for Pine Bend Brook. In hind sight, I really should have parked here and taken the road walk to Sabbaday Brook trail head but I can't change that now. So, there are a few people milling about some are staring at me as I get ready which can be very creepy when you are a solo hiker. So, …

A Beautiful Loop of Jackson and Pierce

I've been feeling a little guilty this week. It's strange really because I've also been feeling really good which is why I strangely feel guilty. I guess when you've been down for a while, to feel good is just strange. Well, as I continue to train for my Long Trail trip in August, I continue to be both in disbelief and in awe of the trip. It is so happening and I am so ready. Today, I put most of my cloths, and Isis' week supply of food in the pack and we went up Jackson and over to Pierce. I know... Busy area on a beautiful day, I am kind of asking for a crowd. The training must continue and I figured some intense gains at the summits would be good for us. The drive up was in perfect sync with how I've been feeling. Good music playing at my favorite hiking partner sleeping in the passengers side. We arrived at the Highland Center and got a parking space and were greeted by the Lupines. Time to start the day and at 8am, we hit the road walk to the Webster Jack…

Mount Washington Stronger

I had a feeling that this would be a long day. I was being ambitious again and since I was finally able to pick up a pack for my Long Trail trip, I figured I would do a little "Packlimating" or getting acclimated to the load that I would be carrying. Forty pounds on my back and I decide to head up Mount Washington and since I wanted to see the Alpine Garden, I decided to take Nelson Crag to the Alpine Garden trail and then head up Lion Head to the summit. An ambitious day to say the least and I did not know all the details of what I was in for. I rose early at about 3:30/4am and we hit the road to a brilliant sunrise. I arrived at Pinckham Notch visitors center by about 7:30a and  we hit the trail but quarter to 8. The pack was already sitting well and I was able to move rather quickly. Old Jackson Road is rather flat and easy to walk. I enjoyed a little company of people both heading up the trail and down and some great advice from a section hiker, who told me to never be …