White Mountain Adventures

The past two weekends here in New Hampshire have brought us great spring like weather.  Today especially was the most spring like its been since… well last spring!

Last weekend Brent and I led a student up to Franconia New Hampshire and we hiked Old Bridal Path to Mt. Lafayette.  What started as a warm sunny day turned into a world of rime ice, low visibility, and high winds! It was quite awesome navigating in the alpine zone with those conditions.  We crossed the ridge and hiked over to Mt. Lincoln and then finished at Little Haystack where the sun greeted us.  The hike down Falling Waters was fast and fun and we made great time.

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Franconia Ridge Trail
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Brent and Matthew atop Little Haystack

Today though… here is where the story gets awesome… Mount Washington.

A group of 7 of us got together and took on the tallest peak in the North East.  We started the ascent around 9am at the Cog Railway.  We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut and then took the Crawford Path to the summit of Mount Washington.  The days weather couldn’t have been any better.  Blue skys, warm air and bright sun.

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Blue Skys

We reached the summit of Mount Washington around 12:45pm and did the typical thing you do at the summit of a really tall mountain…

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Left to right: kneeling: Teresa. standing: Amanda, Matthew, Ben, Taylor, Shane, Brent

Well the hike up went fast but the hike down…. way fast! The Ammonoosuc Ravine trail is a decently steep trail so glissading down was a no brainer.  I remember one point in particular when I could hear Taylor laughing hysterically and when I got to the steep shoot I knew this is where Taylor had found his inner child and bursted into laughter.

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Shane glissading

Today’s hike was overall just grand! It’s great getting outside with the people you love and experiencing views and nature the way we did today.  I want to thank everyone who was out there today because you all played a key role in making today great.

Here are a couple extra shots for you all to check out.

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The crew lounging
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