Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan is published by William Morrow. It tells the story of my adventures with Atticus M. Finch, a little dog of some distinction. You can also find our column in the NorthCountry News.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Winter's Call

In just over 24 hours at 7:22 pm winter will officially begin. So will we. The rules to winter peakbagging in the White Mountains were founded by the first person to do them all in winter, Miriam Underhill. She, along with her husband, the second finisher, set the guidelines to say that the winter season was determined by the calendar and not the elements.

Tomorrow night Atticus and I will be joining a small group of winter enthusiasts in the parking lot of Cannon Mountain and some time around 7:30 we will head up towards the summit and our journey will be underway.

It's my hope that you will be able to follow along through all the literal and not-so-literal ups and downs of our journey by following along with our blog which will be updated on a daily basis, except for the rare occasion.

Over the next three months, until March 20, 2007 comes 'round, feel free to check in on our progress as we attempt to hike as many of the 48 4,000-footers as possible in one winter.

If you go to the mountains page on our main website ( you see that Cannon is being dedicated to Jon Giacalone who was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago. Given by the Breeden family. The Breeden family are the folks who own and operate Bottega Toscana, the Italian restaurant on State Street. Jon is Paula Breeden's brother. The Breeden's donated $50 to the Jimmy Fund through our website to dedicate this money to Jon.

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