Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Catching Up

These days begin with our second or third day in the White mountains.

8/17 Mile 1,821.4-Guyot Campsite-We started the day with a steep climb up Haystack Mtn.. All of he climbs in the Whites are steep. From Haystack we could ee both Lincoln and Lafayette Mtn.. We took our lunch at the top of Garfield Mtn.. From there we went to Galehead Hut and mede our dinner before climbing Twin Peaks and Guyot. At the end of the day we could look back and see the silouhettes of every mountain that we had climbed for the day.

8/18 Mile 1,833.5-Crawford Notch-A nice casual day in the Whites with no big climbs. We did stop at the Zealand Hut for a lunch break and a shower under waterfalls. Then another stop at Thoreau Falls for a little swim. Finally, we stopped at the base of th Presidential Mts..

8/19 Mile 1,844.5-Lake of the Clouds Hut- Mt.Webster, Mt.Jackson, Mt.Clinton(aka Mt.Pierce) and Mt.Franklin. Mt.Clintonwas changed to Pierce for some reason. A tiring hike today that ended with work for stay in a beautiful hut. I did dishes with Toothpick to earn my stay and Ferdy had to reem a refrigerator. Only 1 mile to the top of Mt.Washington.

8/20 Mile 1,856-Peabody Creek-Mt.Washington was amazing today and we were lucky to have a great view since the mountain is usually in the clouds. This is the second tallest mountain on the AT, and it has the highest recorded wind speed in the world at 231mph.

8/21 Mile 1,867.8-Zeta Pass-We got caught on top of Wildcat Mtn. In the middle of a thunderstorm for one of the scariest hours on the trail so far. We made it off the mountain safely and set up camp on top of Carter Dome. About an hour later our tent was in a puddle that formed in the meantime. So we packed and hiked another 2 miles in the dark before we found a flat spot. Although one our worst days on the trail, a good one.

8/22 Mile 1,880.4-Gorham-298 miles from katahdin and only 16 miles from Maine. Takin a zero here.

8/28 and 8/29 Mile 1,940.5-Bemis Shelter-We heard that Hurricane Danny might blow in some hazardous weather so we took another day off and stayed in the shelter all day. We mostly just played dice games and watched miserable hikers come and go in the cold wet weather. I woke up at 5am to find a mouse was keeping itself warm from the comfort of my forehead. I thought it might be my imagination until I wrinkled my forehead and a leg twitched. I quickly smacked it off and sat up. K-bar, Soundtrack, and Ferdy woke up and thought I had had a bad dream, but the headlamp proved my nightmare was true when we spotted the little guy limping away.

8/30 Mile 1,958.2-Rangeley- we made up for the zero day by walking 18 miles into town.

8/31 Mile 1,968.9-Poplar Ridge Lean-to

--Schooner and Ferdy

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