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This is the second day of our New Hampshire Appalachian Trail section hike a couple of weeks ago. It turned out to be one of the most challenging hikes of the trip and probably the most difficult hike we’ve done. At the same time, all of the boulder hopping is fun and the views are magnificent!
I was watching videos of thru-hikers going through this area, and they climb up it like mountain goats! Lol I guess that’s what 1500 miles of conditioning up and down mountains does for you! Lol. (The northbound AT thru hikers started in Goergia and have done approx. 1500 miles at this point!). Some day it might be fun for my husband and I to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail as well, but we have to wait until he is at a point where he can take a break from work. But for now we get to do these sections hikes with my Dad, and these have been the highlights of our hiking trips each year. Definitely the most challenging and most rewarding!
Join us on day 2’s hike in the video below, and I’ll get day 3 edited soon!
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We have been preparing all year to do our big hike this year on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in New Hampshire. My Dad, who is 70, has been hiking sections of the AT for eleven years now, and he has competed about 3/4 of the over 2000 miles of the AT during that time, from Georgia to where we are now in New hampshire. The trail ends in Maine.
So we had been preparing all year for this big hike and just completed our New Hampshire section last week. The trail looks innocently tame on the map. We only needed to hike 5 miles the first day there. We’ve done more than that before. Sure we have to climb 2000 feet in five miles, but we’ve climbed 1000 feet before and rarely 2000 in one day. But in addition to that, what the map does not show is the ROCKS! And very steep ascents and decents. And of course the map just cannot give you the firsthand experience of actually climbing a steep, rocky, boulder-covered mountain!
After our first two days of ascending and descending Kinsman Mountain, we had wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into. Would we even be able to finish the section we had planned to do, 50 miles in eight days? Would we break one of our bones tripping over boulders, climbing down the steep paths? Would we die from exhaustion??
Below are videos of the first day climbing Kinsman. I also have videos of our previous hikes and preparation leading up to the AT if you’re interested on my YouTube channel. I’ve only gotten up to editing these videos so far, but will post more soon. Hope you enjoy hiking along with us!
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