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, February 21, 2007

East Osceola & Osceola; February 21, 2007

Finally, we’re back in the saddle again. We haven’t stood on top of a 4,000-footer for eight days but today we climbed East Osceola and Osceola. These were our 50th and 51st summits this winter.

Today we were joined by Aaron Lichtenberg. This was the third winter hike for Aaron this year and his third all together. He has climbed both Tripyramids; Galehead and the two Twins; and now both Osceolas. As usual, Aaron had his camera out taking photo after photo, even on the steeps.

The original plan was to hike Franconia Ridge but an early morning check of the higher summits forecast and the high winds changed our mind. The Osceola's were our back up plan and it’s always good to get these two peaks out of the way. It’s only a 7.6 mile round trip hike but it’s a tough one for me.

We did encounter strong winds on East Osceola but that was countered by bright, warm sun and beautiful views, at least to the east and south. The Presidential’s and Franconia Ridge and many of the other summits were fogged in on the way up but we got some good glimpses on the look outs near East Osceola on the return trip.

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