Friday, February 24, 2017

Monroe, Washington, and Jefferson. Feb. 20, 2017

We had an amazing hike of Mt. Monroe, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Jefferson last Monday.  The temperatures were high (for winter) and the wind was practically absent.  Alex has an excellent trip report on her blog.  Here are my photos -- go to Alex's blog for a proper TR, though.  We began before sunrise and were able to catch the sun coming up while ascending Monroe.  Many thanks to John Myers for the great company!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

We'll be at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center this Wednesday...

Alex, Sage, and I will be at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center this Wednesday evening (February 22) at 8pm

We'll give a 45-minute presentation (with lots of photos) on our hiking history, our thru-hikes of the John Muir Trail and the Camino de Santiago, our Grid quest, our Trailwrights peaks, our highpointing, the creation of our Terrifying 25 hiking list, the trailwork...and what it's meant to be young girls hiking "grown-up" mountains year-round since the age of 5 (prejudices and attitudes met and overcome).  Alex will also dedicate a small portion of the discussion to Leave No Trace principles.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Adams, Madison, and Wildcat A

Hi there,

A reminder that the bulk of the blogging is now being done by Alex (Sage will blog too after she turns 13).  Alex's recent trip reports of our hike of Adams and Madison, and of Wildcat A, can be found here --

Hope everyone is staying warm and safe,

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Carters and Carter Dome, and Union of Concerned Scientists

Wow, it's the middle of January already!

Our first hike of the year was an extremely cold (as in, -33 degrees windchill) trek up and over all three Carters (Carter Dome, South Carter, and Middle Carter).  Alex wrote a nice trip report on her website.

Alex and Sage on Carter-Moriah Ridge in front of the Presidential Range
One important thing of note -- the following can be found on Alex's site, and I'll copy and paste it here (with her permission) -- we're happy and proud to do whatever we can -- stay tuned!

***We are pleased to announce that we will be fundraising over the coming years for Union of Concerned Scientists.  As citizens of this planet and students of science, we fear for the future of our environment.  The incoming Trump administration seems neither to understand the science behind the threat nor care about the welfare of future generations.  We strive to do our part to support science-based research and education concerning climate change so that We The People might give ourselves and future generations the chance to enjoy continuous clean water and habitable environments, regardless of the actions/inactions of the imminent United States Powers That Be.

We are meeting with the good people at UCS next month.  After that, we will write more about our plans and actions.  In the meantime, please visit the UCSUSA website to learn more about who they are and what they do, and DONATE...because it certainly looks like science and the procurement of real knowledge will be more and more dependent on public, and not governmental, support over the next four years.***

Friday, January 6, 2017

Osceolas, December 29, 2016

Alex chronicled our last hike of the Osceolas (and of the year) here.  There's also information in there about an important organization called Union of Concerned Scientists.  Read and stay tuned...

We made an alpine start of that hike and got down before a massive snowstorm arrived.  Good times.

We'll hike again this Sunday, we hope.  Lots of peaks to do -- so far, the girls are on track to finish the Grid well before they each go to college. 

Happy Hiking and Stay Safe!

Friday, December 23, 2016

46 years old! Moriah, my birthday. December 22, 2016

Stony Brook and Carter-Moriah Trails.  10 miles roundtrip, 3150 feet of elevation gain.

Alex will have a trip report of this hike when she returns from her holiday travels.  In the meantime, she posted photos from her hike here.

I will post my own trip report photos below.

First -- 46 years old.  Wow -- I am now officially closer to 50 than I am to 40.  And you know what?  I feel good.  Damn good.  I hike mountains.  I have every intention of hiking mountains until my legs give out and I keel over.  I figure as long as I can get outside on a regular basis then I am good to go.  I don't mind getting older.  I learn more with each day.  Knowledge is good.

Here are my photos -- one note of advice...if you plan on carrying an ice cream cake to the top of a mountain in your backpack, then make sure you insulate the cake from the heat of your back as you hike.  Otherwise, that ice cream cake might partially melt, lol.

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!  Alex will be back before the New Year with a full trip report of this hike, and we will also hike one more mountain(s) before the arrival of 2017.  Stay safe, keep the faith, and happy hiking!