Mt Washington or Bust 7/28/21

7/28/21

In an effort to take some extra days off, AND because I turned 55, I got up early and went up to the Cog rail station to climb Mt Washington. Hiked up via the Ammonoosuc trail and down via Jewell trail with a little hour spur climb up to Mt Monro, which is at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut about an hour south of the Mt Washington peak.

Got some more practice in using poles (indispensible on this hike) and eating my new favorite Jurek chocolate balls!

Hike was way easier than Skyline – the toes of my feet were still sore from the previous Sunday but this turned out not to be a factor. Absolutely beautiful day. Felt good and proud to have done this high, “scary” mountain on my own! Added some confidence in another 10 miler, 3990′ elevation and over 6 hours to complete. Moving pace of 29:32/mile with some pretty technical climbs the entire way.

Could not run it – too technical although I ran to my car after I popped out at the end in front of the Cog Rail Station with about 100 people watching me!

Great day, great confidence builder on top of Skyline just 3 days ago and a beautiful day!

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