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!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tom, Field, and Willey on December 11, 2016

We had a lovely, microspike-able hike last Sunday of Tom, Field, and Willey.  Alex wrote a wonderful trip report about it here

We just got a bunch of snow, and we're about to get a bunch more, so it looks like most of the White Mountain peaks will be "butt-slide-able" from now until April.  :)  Looking forward to some fast and furious descents.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Hancocks on December 4

Alex posted a trip report of our Dec 4 Hancocks hike.  You can read it hereNow we don't "need" the Hancocks during the snow months anymore...that's kind of sad, since butt-sliding down South Hancock is always a lot of fun.  :)  Oh well -- we have plenty of other peaks left for the winter months, all of which are butt-slide-able in the right conditions, lol.

We have not forgotten about switching our fundraising focus to an organization we feel Trump will antagonize.  Global Fund for Women is important and valuable, and we have been honored to raise money to support women's rights around the globe.  We thank everyone who has contributed.  We now want to do our part, however small, in maintaining the integrity of our country.  We have been watching and keeping up with the news, reading about Trump's cabinet picks, looking, waiting, investigating.  The girls have an idea that we will likely go with, but we will wait until the final days of December before Alex and Sage finalize that plan and write about it.  In the meantime, they will keep knocking off peaks from their Grids.  To those who have been so kind with your private and/or public messages during this catastrophic time for our nation, thank you.  Please keep donating to your favorite female-empowering, LGBT-supporting, civil rights-protecting, and/or climate change research organizations.

Happy hiking, folks.  Be kind to one another out there.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Carter Dome and the Carters -- November 23, 2016

Alex's trip report for the Carters and Carter Dome can be found here.  She used a combination of her photos and mine, and she summed up the trip beautifully, so I don't feel the need to write my own TR for this one.  :) 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

On Moosilauke, Thinking of the Future

Alex and Sage posted a video pertinent to the election results.  They did this a little while ago on Alex's blog, but I have been so preoccupied with Thanksgiving that I just realized I never posted the link.  You can find that video/Alex's blog here.

By the way, if you're disappointed that my girls are political, or that they are mixing hiking with political statements, then you haven't been paying attention all these years.  Alex and Sage have used their hiking to raise money for equal rights for women since our 2013 hike of the Camino de Santiago.  They have always been political.  They are young women living in this world; how could they not be?  Of course the current President-Elect disappoints them...and they are disappointed that many people in America voted for an openly racist and sexist human being.  They are disappointed in the immediate rise in hate crimes after the election.  They are worried about the safety and well-being of their LBGT friends and family members, and they are concerned about their own reproductive rights as they head into their teens.  So of course they are going express themselves, and of course they are going to figure out how to use their hiking to raise money, or to do something else that's concrete, to combat what we figure will be an anti-female, anti-science, anti-LBGT, and anti-anyone-who's-not-a-white-Christian-male regime. 

Future posts will find the girls being very pro-equal rights, as they always have been, and definitely supporting an organization (or several organizations, they haven't yet decided) they feel will be under direct threat by Trump and his alt-right crew.  They will focus on the positive -- meaning, how you can specifically help and the wonderful things those specific organizations do -- rather on the negative (the horror show that will soon represent the United States government).  They will have their plans finalized by the New Year.

In the meantime -- donate to the ACLU, to Planned Parenthood, to organizations that support and publish climate change research.  Stand up for people in our country who need support right now -- namely, anyone who is not a white Christian male.  Stand up for the future of our country, and for a climate that is suitable for future generations.  Stand up.  Now is not the time for apathy.