Thursday, October 5, 2017

Curly Perzel on GraniteGals, Alex on Jackson, Sage on Hale

Hello everyone,

Check out Alex's latest trip report on Jackson.  She finished that peak for the Grid last Sunday.  :)

Also -- the girls interviewed Allmuth "Curly" Perzel a few weeks ago.  Alex edited the podcast and it was released last week on GraniteGals (subscribe on iTunes!).  Curly is a hiking legend, having hiked the rare Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail), and having finished White Mountain redlining just last year at the age of 76. 

The day after Alex hiked Jackson for what may be the last time in a very long time, Sage and I hiked Hale (Alex also has Hale for the Grid).  It was nice getting out with just Sage; I do like having some one-on-one time with each of my daughters every now and then. 

Sage and I had a lovely trek; the photos are below (it won't be long before she too has her own blog and writes her own trip reports). 









Saturday, September 23, 2017

Congrats to Alex on Trailwrights! Also, GraniteGals and TRs

Greetings!

Alex recently qualified for Trailwrights -- meaning, she hiked all 72 peaks (one ascent per hike) and completed over 72 hours of documented trailwork.  Trailwrights is a stellar organization dedicated to the maintenance of hiking trails, and they allow people of any age to join them on their work weekends.  They are a great source of education and an excellent example of service.  We are grateful for their time, instruction, and expertise!

Don't forget to subscribe to GraniteGals on iTunes!  A new episode is released every two weeks.  Last week's episode features Zoey Ceriello-sachetta, a seven-year-old hiker halfway through her first round of the NH48.

Alex posted a trip report for our recent hikes of Field/ Willey and Carrigain.  You can find those trip reports here.

Happy Hiking and enjoy the foliage!

Trish

Friday, September 8, 2017

High Winds and Heavy Fog on Jefferson, Plus Cairn Repair Work

Alex will have an account of this late Sunday night; in the meantime, I'm posting some photos here.

We had an excellent, windy, rainy, and worthwhile trip up Caps Ridge Trail to the summit of Jefferson last Monday (Labor Day).  From there, Alex navigated through the fog and wind around the sides of Clay and Washington to an area of cairn vandalism.  The three of us then joined the AMC's Pro Crew in rebuilding the destroyed cairns.  After three hours of building 7 or 8 cairns, we headed down Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to the Cog parking area and caught a ride from two kind hikers back to our car on Jefferson Notch Road.  Good times.






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The wind was so fierce the Cog had to stop running.

Area of our trail work



"Before" photo

"After" photo


Heading down to the hut, then down Ammo

Gem Pool on the way out

Sunday, September 3, 2017

New GraniteGals episode, PNVC, Madison/Adams, and the Cohos Trail

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having an excellent holiday weekend.

Lots of updates -- first, Alex and Sage have a new GraniteGals episode on iTunes.  You can subscribe to the podcast, and/or you can find the interviews here.

Also, our recent talk at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center went well and was a lot of fun.  We spent the night at Joe Dodge Lodge afterward, then hiked Madison and Adams the next day via Madison Gulf Trail and Buttress Trail.  You can read Alex's write-up about our experiences here.

Finally, my Cohos Trail blog is almost finished.  I just published the next-to-last day's hike.  You can read about it here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

We're speaking at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center on August 26, 2017

Hi folks,

The girls and I are speaking at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center this Saturday, August 26, at 8pm.  Come join us!  We will discuss how the girls began hiking, where that hiking has taken them, and what we've learned from all our adventures.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cairn Building, and the Kinsmans for August

Our summer trail work continues...we have worked with Trailwrights this summer and we are the official adopters of the Alpine Garden Trail on Mt. Washington.  Here are some photos of our latest work (on Sunday) -- rebuilding cairns.


One of the cairns we rebuilt -- this is the "before" photo



Finished cairn 


Yesterday, we managed to get the peaks of Kinsman; we had a great time observing the solar eclipse up there.

North Kinsman

View from the North Kinsman outlook

South Kinsman

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cohos Trail 2017!

The girls and I hiked the Cohos Trail from July 29-August 12 (including rest days).  I am putting a blog together at www.cohostrail2017.blogspot.com.  Come take a look!