Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September 3

We woke up to the horrible sound of rain. It wasn't hard but sprinkled/misted for about a half hour. It stopped a bit before 7 so I started packing up. We finished the climb we started yesterday right off the bat, had a nice but short flat section, and then we headed up Franconia Ridge. The trail here is above the treeline with
360 degree views for 2 miles, and supposedly has the best views on the trail. Unfortunately today we had 2 miles of cloud walking. The ridge was cold, windy, and foggy, with visibility maybe 50 yards at best. No views. Incredibly disappointing. What's even more disappointing is that we are supposed to get rain for the next 3 days. Read: no views. The best part of the trail with no views. Sigh...
The ridge walk was still enjoyable, although chilly. We crossed over Mt Lincoln and Mt Lafayette...we got above 5000 feet for the first time in a long time! It was hard to find the trail at times with the poor visibility. I was leading and took a wrong turn, walked 20 or so yards out of the way, and slipped and fell on a rock. All for nothing! Doesn't count in my falls though since it wasn't on the trail!
We got off the ridge and stopped for lunch out of the wind. Then it was about 6 more miles to Galehead Hut, our intended destination. We climbed Mt Garfield...again no views...and climbed down the craziest descent yet: a very, very steep rock scramble with a stream running down over it. Lots of hands and hesitation but we made it down without incident. It took nearly all day to do only 10 miles, and we got to the hut around 5:30. The huts will sometimes let hikers work for stay, but Snowy River and Gumby had already claimed the two spots. But, the croo (workers) let us stay as well, and Sky High who came in late. We feasted on dinner leftovers: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, soup, bread, and brownies for dessert. Gumby and Snowy's job was to entertain the guests with trail stories, and Sky High, Bear Bag, and I washed dishes. We are sleeping on the dining room floor, and we get breakfast leftovers in the morning too! Trail life is so good.
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  1. "walked 20 or so yards out of the way, and slipped and fell on a rock. All for nothing! Doesn't count in my falls though since it wasn't on the trail!"

    Ha, good excuse :-) Hang in there. Lots of people pulling for you.

  2. So glad you are safe. I feel like I know you as I've been reading your Blog. I anticipate your every entry and worried about you during irene. Hope all is going well, I know you will make it! Keep smiling, keep walking, and keep posting.


  3. Thank you for the post. You have the workings for a book, and a good one at that.

    Keep on plugging, your going to make it!

    I did not know that about the camp sites or bunkhouses charging money for the thru-hikers. Nice to know if I ever make it up there. Thanks.

    You have more rain comming.

    If you can and your by water and if the Loons are still there, film their calls and post it. Just an idea if you have time.


  4. It's unfortunate that you got no views from the Franconia Ridge. I hiked from Liberty to Zealand about five years ago, the trail is rugged but the views make it fun. Hope you get some clear weather before you leave the whites.