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.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Four Peaks Of Franconia Ridge Today

We're just back from our hike and have to do a few things, but later tonight I'll be posting about our hike along Franconia Ridge today. A bit windier than I had hoped but we muddled on through. Thanks to our friend, Rick Caston, who drove us to Old Bridle Path parking lot after I left my car at the Flume Visitor Center parking lot, we saved some miles. We hiked Lafayette and were blasted by wind, then slowly made our way along the icy ridge to Lincoln. From Lincoln we hopped over to Little Haystack (not an official 4,000-footer) before descending into the thick trees and the 2.2 mile walk to Liberty. From Liberty we descended again, only to climb up Flume, then returned to Liberty (oh, that one really killed us), and then we flew down the last 3.8 miles to our waiting car. There were some pretty amazing sites on the ridge today so I'm hoping the photos turn out well. And if the video comes out, you'll see the intensity of the day as we summited Lafayette. Off to get cleaned up, get the little one some dinner, get myself some dinner, and then get to work on the photos. They'll be up later tonight.