Thursday, July 1, 2010
Mount Washington – Part II “The Hike”
Mount Washington Run, I decided that maybe what I really needed to do was go a little further back and get a nice running start. So that’s what I did - three days later. I started way back at Franconia Notch, 21 miles (as the crow flies) west-southwest of the Washington summit. But this time, I brought reinforcements (my 18 year old son Casey) to keep me company during the trip. Plus, I figured this would be a great opportunity to spend some time with him before he heads off to college in the fall.
Pemi Loop Trip - long, endlessly up and down with very little good footing. Even in the opposite direction (going down) it was no picnic. After 2 hours of riding that rollercoaster we scrambled up to Garfield. By this point Casey’s water was gone (despite my suggestions that he re-fill at Greenleaf) and his will to live was not too far behind. After a quick look around it was back down for the last leg of our day’s journey. On the way across the Garfield Ridge Trail we would catch glimpses of Galehead Mountain and the hut just beyond. But, it seemed like no matter how fast we hiked, we weren’t gaining on either of them. Finally, after 2 more hours of stumbling around, we pulled into the Galehead Hut just 5 minutes before dinner. Phew. After all that, I would have hated missing dinner!