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 28, 2007

Round One Finished Today

This morning I dropped my car in Crawford Notch and Rick Caston dropped Atticus and myself off at the Cog parking lot. The Little Bug and I hiked up the Ammo Trail to the Lake of the Clouds hut. It only took us about 90 minutes. I guess we were excited about the big day. From there we hiked up to the summit of Mt. Washington under breezy and cold conditions. After summiting, we were returned the way we came until we got to the hut. Then it was up Monroe and into much stronger winds.

For some reason it all seemed rather easy today. I think I was just very excited. But the trek from Monroe to Eisenhower went by in a flash as did the segment from Ike to Pierce. When we stood on the summit of Pierce we completed our first round of 48 4,000-footers in one winter. Something we fell short of doing last winter, our first of winter hiking.

Tomorrow we will try to take advantage of the mild weather by dropping my car in the Flume lot and having Rick drop us off at the Old Bridal Path trail head. From there we hope to hike over Lafayette, Lincoln, Liberty and Flume.

Photos will have to wait as my laptop is down and out for a little bit.

1 comment:

Dawn Middlestead said...

On this day, Atticus became the 2nd dog to complete 48 4,000-footers in one winter. How incredible was that?! Congratulations to both you and Atticus!