In NYC visiting my brother Matt and some friends from long ago. The pace will pick up next week. Still doubt a 6-gapper is in the cards for 2009 (haven't been on the bike since the double) but the pemi is happening and we're ramping up for winter. Woo Hoo!
tMail Trip Report: (Pics are here)
So my first trip back on the trails starting around Saturday morning at 2.43am I was so excited I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep so I just laid there and thought of MD holding me and feel back asleep.
Anyway drive up was good left at 6.00am at Crawford Notch Parking Lot at 8.37am made awesome time. The lot was completely full I parked on the grass...gear up...took a massive Hollywood style dump in the boyz room and I was off. Trail conditions running river...there is so much f'n ground water there is not place for it to go...I got up to treeline and said screw Pierce get it on the way back. On my way to Eisenhower it was more running water wet everything...The drainage off to the North (i used my compass alot yesterday just to see how directionally it is up there) towards Mt. Washington Hotel has multiple feed streams i crossed every one of them and drank from them...
Up on Eisenhower I sat for 30 minutes just cause it was nice up there and I hadn't been up there for a long time...within those 30 minutes fog broke and blue sky appeared. Bad Boy was in sight as was Franklin and Monroe...I thought of tagging Bad Boy on several occasions and then said F it...why push anything...it was off to Pierce...i was worried about going down with my knee but no issues...hit Pierce and then sat out and chilled then off to the waterfall and soaked the ankle.
Two gear notes:
Darn Tough Socks absolutely rock my feet were in water all day took off my shoes and socks feet were dry.
Vasque Blur unbelievable grip especially on wet stuff.
What you think is West is really North...what you think is South is really West...trust the compass!!!!
The kid whose picture I took with the Garmin kept pacing the summit of Eisenhower saying where are the views...where are the views...i told him the summit would be fogged in for the day...he left..30 minutes later blue sky...read your weather report idiot...