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.  :)