Wednesday July 5, 2017
Pinkham Notch @1870.4 White Mountain Hostel Gorham, New Hampshire 7.8 miles
Total mileage 846.8
Today we just had one mountain to summit, Mt Madison and the rest was down hill into town.
I really struggled going up Mt Madison. It was a rocky summit with carians marking the way. IDGI suggested I lead and I tried to, but just couldn’t do it. It was to scary for me to look up and pick a path through the steep rocks. So PONCHO lead WITH with IDGI and I following. I do much better if I can just follow someone’s feet and avoid looking all around. Luckily it was only a half a mile to the summit. I was much better on the downhill stretch although it was long and slow over nothing but rocks. It was over a mile before we got back to treeline.
Once we got back to treeline I separated from PONCHO and IDGI. I was trying to make the noon shuttle from the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center to the White Mountain Hostel. So I had to really hustle if I was going to be able to make it. I really don’t think I was going to make it so I called them to let them know that I may be late. I made it exactly at noon, but the shuttle was over an hour late. GRRR! I wished they would have let me know so I didn’t have to kill myself trying to get there on time.
I was planning to take a zero tomorrow but it looks like rain is moving in again so I decided to do the two day slackpack starting tomorrow and will come back here and take the zero on the day with the worst rain forecasted. So being off my feet didn’t last very long. I was soon getting ready to go out the next day.
The slackpack is 21 miles over the Wildcat mountains and I can’t do that all in one day. So I will be doing it over two days carrying most of my gear but not all of it and I will only be carrying the food I will eat. The rest of my stuff will stay here at the hostel awaiting my return.