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Staring hypothermia in the eye

Staring hypothermia in the eye

My mileage today is embarrassing, but I know I did the right thing. I have a few side goals to this hike–to do it stronger, better, and faster than in 2008. Also, to not cry. I got near hypothermic on Goose Eye peak and came into Full Goose shelter kind of...
A cold day in the Whites

A cold day in the Whites

Rock climbing for years in Tuolumne and Joshua Tree did not prepare me for descending wet slab with a pack in the Whites. Bruce the Trail Angel helped me resupply in Gorham and get back on trail. Came into Gentian in the dark, soaking wet, very cold. Met Ali Baba and...
Jenn Phar Davis’s team spotted!

Jenn Phar Davis’s team spotted!

Walked up Mt. Washington and met Hickory there—luckily, the visitor center was unlocked at 6:40 am and I could use the bathroom. As Hickory put it, “It’s a long way to the next hut.” We had the summit to ourselves—what a contrast to my...
First Southbounders spotted!

First Southbounders spotted!

Another great weather day, and I’m making way crazy miles in the Whites! I certainly didn’t think this was possible. Met my first Southbounders—Team Blackcat! Said I’m the first solo woman they’ve seen. Sweet! Today is Naked Hiking Day. I...
Conquering my fear of the Whites

Conquering my fear of the Whites

Great weather in the Whites! I feared Kinsman—from 2008, the scariest and hardest mountain on the whole AT. It ended up being casual, bug free, and beautiful. Lafayette was really great. So lucky for such beautiful weather and uncrowded Whites. Had wanted to...