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Speaking of the Granite State

September 3, 2013
Not officially a White Mountain.. this is on the top of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH.

Not officially a White Mountain.. this is on the top of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH.

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Here are some photos of the granite that hikers encounter when they climb the White Mountains of New Hampshire. These were taken during the two summers that I climbed to the summits of all 48 of the “4,000 Footers” of New Hampshire. Some North Carolina folks who I hiked with on the A.T. told me that the “Whites” are considered one of the toughest parts of the A.T. partly due to all the granite that your poor, tired feet have to pound against hour after hour.

The top of Mount Liberty. Notice the bare feet. What a relief to take hiking boots off on the summits (in good weather, of course)

The top of Mount Liberty. Notice the bare feet. What a relief to take hiking boots off on the summits (in good weather, of course)

Lots of sections like this. Ouch. Tough on the knees too.

Lots of sections like this. Ouch. Tough on the knees too.

Taking shelter from cold wind and fog on a summit.

Taking shelter from cold wind and fog on a summit.

STILL not there. Lots more rocks to go. This is Mount Washington, unofficially called, "The Rockpile".

STILL not there. Lots more rocks to go. This is Mount Washington, unofficially called, “The Rockpile”.

The Northern Presidentials: Madison, Adams and Jefferson. Name of the AMC hut? Need to look it up.

The Northern Presidentials: Madison, Adams and Jefferson. Name of the AMC hut? Need to look it up.

So many memories. I’m just getting started. As I hunted for these photos in the 1,000’s of photos saved on our laptop drives and our network I realize all the posts that are waiting for me to match photos to in order to publish them. I just need time when the puppy is not chewing on electric cords or coffee tables. A month from now?!

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3 Comments
  1. Sam permalink

    I really like this post. It is so you. I hope that other hikers stumble upon it. They will get a kick out of it.

  2. 48 summits over two summers! Wow, that’s impressive!

    When we go hiking, I’m always amazed to see signs of old farms, such as the rock walls hidden in the forests, especially at the higher elevations. We have a hard enough time doing some hiking around those granite boulders, can’t imagine having to farm on that rocky soil.

    • I agree. Starting a simple garden in NH means unearthing a few rocks…and then more the next year and the year after. They say we grow rocks.

      Yes. Two summers was intense. It took strategy to plan the climbs according to my fitness, length of days, mileage and elevation of hikes, water availability etc… That is why I have stories to tell. There were lots of mornings starting at 4:00 am from Nashua to hit the Whites at sunrise or before. Stops for coffee at a particular Irving station, packing strategic food to keep energy level up for 10 to 14 hours etc.

      And I did many with my friend Rebecca… and did them again when another group of friends wanted companionship as they tackled them. Lots of laughs.. sole/soul sisters… summit sisters…

      All of us over age 40. It made me truly believe that no one should ever say never.

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