Posted in Adventure, Appalachian Trail, backpacking, Beauty, hiking, nature, tagged Adventure, Appalachian trail, backpacking, Beauty, hammock camping, hiking, Jeffers Brook Shelter, Jesus, Nature, new hampshire, Ore Hill on July 27, 2016|
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After we had climbed the daunting Mt. Kinsman as our introduction to New Hampshire Appalachian Trail hiking, we were wondering what we had gotten ourselves into! This was much harder than anything we had done before, and we wondered if we would be able to finish the section that we had planned on. We decided instead of continuing to the next section on our hike, Mt. Moosilauke, we would skip it and hike the more mild section to the south to give our bodies one more day to recover. We hoped by then we would feel well enough to conquer Moosilauke.
After hiking back to our rental car, we drove wearily to a car campground and set up our hammocks. We were exhausted, but of course not too tired for some delicious Chinese food in town. After that we crashed in our hammocks and slept soundly.
We had beautiful weather the entire week we were in New Hampshire. The only major rainstorm happened that next morning, so we decided to give ourselves a break and wait out the rain. We had our breakfast at what was becoming our favorite breakfast place, Dunkin Doughnuts. Then we cruised the main street of the town for stores that could provide supplies we needed. We then hung out for the rest of the morning at a nice McDonald’s for delicious iced coffee, WiFi and power. I was able to get the first YouTube video done for this trip. https://youtu.be/c7Dsfz1CT1k It took a surprisingly long time and I was only able to get a third of the first day edited and uploaded before it was time to leave for the local pizza place with their $5 special, two pizzas and a soda!
By then it was pouring and we actually got a little wet running from place to place, which we were really trying to avoid. We were wearing the clothes we were going to hike in and didn’t want them wet already. But we were glad we could run inside and were not continuously remaining in the rain. So after pizza, we headed out to the start point of our hike for the day. By then the rain had stopped and it remained a bit overcast for a while but eventually the sun came out and it was beautiful!
The rest of the story is told in the video, Ore Hill (day 4) below. The previous day is also included below. Hope you enjoy hiking with us! The Big Mt. Moosilauke will be next!
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Posted in Adventure, Appalachian Trail, backpacking, Beauty, hiking, nature, new hampshire, tagged Appalachian trail, backpacking, Beauty, eliza brook, hiking, kinsman mountain, Nature, new hampshire, section hiking, Thru-hiking on July 9, 2016|
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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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