Tough Terrain

New Hampshire has been a whole new trail experience so far, filled with steep accents and descents, slick vertical rock scrambles, great views and chilly weather. I enjoy the maze of boulders, at points it’s like a puzzle figuring out a pathway to avoid falling down the mountain. Mt. Moosilauke was intense! The summit was a mile above tree, clouded in, very windy, wet, pelting hail and the descent was the steepest rock scramble I’ve encountered. Luckily for me, it was pouring rain making the rocks slick as ice. It was a fun challenge but there were points I was definitely a little nervous.

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Bowser, Chameleon, and Sipsey leaving Hanover, NH.

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Chameleon on Lamberts Ridge.

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View of Smarts Mountain from Lamberts Ridge.

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Chameleon climbing up Smarts Mountain.

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Rock scramble.

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Chameleon on Mt. Cube.

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Rock scramble.

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Chameleon enjoying a view on the way up Mt. Cube.

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Cairns mark the way above tree line and along rock scrambles.

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Chameleon climbing Mt. Cube.

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Rock scramble on Mt. Cube.

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Scog on Mt. Cube.

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400 miles to Katahdin.

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Hikers Welcome Hostel in Glencliff, NH.

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Bowser snacking on candy during the climb up Mt. Moosilauke.

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Father Man and Chameleon climbing Mt. Moosilauke.

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Rocky Trail.

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Cairns mark the way above tree line.

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Cairns in the clouds.

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Me on the summit of Mt. Moosilauke.

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Me taking guard against from the wind and pelting hail on Mt. Moosilauke.

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Badger hiking down Mt. Moosilauke.

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Straight down slick rock for about 40 feet.

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2 Comments

  1. Scott Duncan August 17, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Really fine set of pic’s. Onward!

  2. Judi Gawor August 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    WOW – you’re really making progress! Even though i live in Hendersonville, my birthstate is N.H. The White Mountains are beautiful. Wishing you must luck as you now head toward the finish line! What a fabulous adventure! Can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your posts and pics!

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