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  • Day114

    Camping Carter Dome 1877.5

    August 25, 2017 in the United States

    As we didn't make it to the Visitor center for the night, we went there for breakfast. A lucky find in the hiker box added some wafers and raisins to the menu :) When we were finished, the Deli had opened so we went there for a bagel with cream cheese and a Grilled cheese. At least in terms of food we were fully energized. But on the trail we felt that the last day cost us much more energy, so our feet were still sore and the knees hurting. Like this we moved slowly up Wildcat mountain to a gondola. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to take the ride down to a restaurant ;)
    After another two hours of hiking we came to the last and oldest AMC hut in the Whites. We tried to get a work-for-stay but the spots were already taken. So we just ate our dinner there and then moved on to a camp spot.

    As promised the explanation about SOBO: It means south bound, so they are hiking from Maine to Georgia. Therefore we are NOBOs and there are way more going to Maine. There is some kind of rivalry between those groups even though we are united in the thru-hiker spirit. The third way to thru hike is flip-flopping which means that you jump over a section.
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  • Day113

    Camping Lows Bald Spot 1867.7

    August 24, 2017 in the United States

    The first thing we did in the morning was hiking up to Mount Washington! It was 6 in the morning and the "normal" hikers in the hut just started their day with pancakes, eggs and oatmeal. We just got to enjoy some hot fresh brewed coffee before we packed us in three layers of clothes and headed out. The wind felt pretty intense but later we've been told that it was a nice day :D I was definitely glad that I raided the hiker box a day before and got a jacket, vest, gloves and a hat. Despite all those things it was still a little bit cold. But we already arrived after just about an hour of climbing at the Visitor's center next to the summit.
    As it was still early in the morning there we almost only thru hikers in the building. When the snack shop opened we got ourselves a portion of nachos with cheese. The slogan of Mount Washington is that it is "home of the worst weather in the world". That sounds a bit exaggerated but it depends on the definition. In the Visitor's center is a list of people who died at or around Mt Washington to make people realize what they are doing when hiking around here. And the mountain is covered in fog for 300 days a year. Not my favorite place to go on holidays.
    After a two hour break there we went back on the trail and met a really nice man, Phil from England who is hiking Mt Washington for a day. We talked for about an hour while hiking before he pushed on to the next AMC hut. The hike to there was very rocky and uneven so it took us longer than expected to get there. They were running out of food for lunch but thanks to Phils conversation skills we got a soup and a piece of Shepards pie. Unfortunately Phil needed to go back to Gorham because his bus was leaving to Boston on the next day...
    We tried to push to the Pinkham Visitor Center which also belongs to the AMC. But a long, rocky and strenuous downhill hike left our knees, ankles and feet ruined. We set up our tent at a random place and then went to sleep hoping that the regeneration will do its job.
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  • Day63

    Mt. Washington, New Hampshire

    July 28, 2016 in the United States

    Shoutout to Mr. and Mrs. Carlson for posting about their trip to Mt. Washington, because that's what put the place on our radar. It's a privately owned road that to goes to the top, so it cost us $38. We originally thought that was kind of a racket, but man, it was actually really worth it. It's a narrow, only partly paved road that winds a 4725 foot ascent to get to the top of a 6288 foot mountain. They claim that this road accommodates two cars at all places, and I think I believe them... but passing a car while driving a foot away from a two thousand foot cliff makes one question some things!

    The top of Mt. Washington started completely foggy, but cleared up a bit as we were there, probably due to the insane amount of wind. There was an outpost at the top that scientists live in to monitor the weather at the summit, which incidentally is notoriously insane. There are signs with giant letters that say things like "at any sign of bad weather, TURN BACK IMMEDIATELY!" So that was pretty fun. All in all, the views from the top were stunning, and it was such a cool experience!
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  • Day23

    White Mountain National Forest

    October 2, 2015 in the United States

    The village of North Conway is tourist-oriented with shops, bars and restaurants. They even offer moose bus tours in the evening as there is an abundance of moose in this area and tourists are willing to pay $30 to hopefully see a real live moose ("96% success rate"). There are lots of roadside signs warning of "moose crossing" and "hundreds of collisions" but we didn't see nor hit any thankfully.

    Apart from touristy North Conway is the beautiful and rugged White Mountain National Forest. There are serious hikers here and the 6288 foot Mount Washington, the highest peak in the NE USA, is considered one of the 10 most dangerous small mountains in the world. The weather at the summit is comparable to the Antarctic and has logged the highest wind velocity in the world at 231 mph! The Visitor Centre has a memorial to the 152 people who have died attempting to climb the mountain, often from hypothermia.

    We continued to enjoy our short, scenic hikes! One of my favourites was Diana's Bath, a 1 km hike to a series of cascading waterfalls. We were well rewarded for enduring the heavy rainfall this week!
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