Worth the Wait–Part I

A few hundred yards before reaching camp tonight, we will cross the 1,881 mile mark. That puts us about 19.6 miles from the Maine border and precisely 300 miles from the summit of Mt Katahdin.

Since our last post we have been thoroughly immersed in mountains and one thing has become abundantly clear: anything and everything we’ve been told about the Whites is true. It is the most rugged section of trail and the most spectacular; it is always 40 degrees on Mt Washington with five feet of visibility and enough wind to take the air out of your lungs; the huts are wonderful, off-the-grid oases but it seems most overnight patrons are paying an awful lot for a plastic mattress and no shower; even 1,700+ miles of training won’t prepare you for the mountains here…

We’ve taken nearly a squillion photos in the past week so for ease of uploading (and to keep you interested!) we’ll do a few separate posts over the next day or so.

On to the mountains!

Mt Cube:


Although Mt Cube isn’t technically in the White Mountains, this type of sheer rock face became increasingly common (and increasingly steep) as we progressed northward.

Mt Moosilauke:


Our first view, from afar.


Getting much, much closer.


Travis takes a shot of honey to prepare for the final ascent.


Cairns mark the trail whenever we are above tree line.


Success! The wind caused a few disruptions with the skirt.


The trail coming down from Moosilauke. A bit hard on the knees…


A cascade paralleling the trail.


Every once in a while we got a little help from stairs drilled into the rock.

Coming soon: the Kinsmans, Franconia Ridge, and the Presidentials. Stay tuned!

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After five months of Snickers Bars and couscous, eating all the meat and vegetables I can get my hands on...
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3 Responses to Worth the Wait–Part I

  1. Kassi says:

    Anne, Was 40 degrees too cold for the skirt at all? Do you have your Wunder Unders still with you?

  2. Can’t wait for the pictures from Mt. Washington. Will Willett be joining you for the last 300 miles?

  3. Wendy says:

    Found your blog from the CNN article…can not wait to read future posts. Such a wonderful experience that I dream of completing in the future. Good luck and have fun!

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