- My First Time Hiking the Four Thousand Footers
- My First Time Hiking the Winter Four Thousand Footers
- El Camino de Santiago
- The John Muir Trail
- Trailwrights 72
- Great Wall of China Trek 2015
- The Terrifying Twenty Five
- Our Highpointing Adventures
- Desserts on the 48
- Sisters Hiking for Equality -- White Mountain Grid for Global Fund for Women
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Our new podcast episode is up! Click here to access the GraniteGals interview with Samantha Brady. Besides being a cool person in general, Samantha is a Search and Rescue Volunteer, a former representative of Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Women's Tour, and a Mt. Washington Observatory employee. Thanks for speaking with us, Samantha!
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
I hope everyone had a fun Mother's Day! I am so grateful to be a daughter of such an amazing and inspirational woman, my mom. Kudos to all the mothers out there who are there for their children.
We unfortunately did not hike last week because Mom was not feeling well. She drove to the trailhead with us but then felt dizzy and wanted to go back home. We were not sure why she felt this way, but six days later, on Mother's Day, Mom felt a bit of cramping in her leg. She didn't let us know this until the next morning, when her leg pain was much worse and she needed to go into the hospital. It turns out she has a large DVT (this is the second time in her life this has happened). We cannot hike for a few weeks because she needs time to recover. I will keep posting about UCS and the GraniteGals podcast in the meantime.
Speaking of the GraniteGals podcast, we will release a new episode this weekend! It will be on iTunes and GooglePlay in about a month because we need to wait for technical details to be worked out; we have to switch blog hosts but cannot for another 30 days. In the meantime, the link for all GraniteGals episodes (downloadable MP3 format) are available on our GraniteGals blog.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Madison and Adams
Valley Way, Gulfside Trail, Lowe's Path
About 10.4 miles round-trip
About 5000 feet of elevation gain
The sun was coming up when we began the hike. John came with us and we all put on our gear in the Appalachia parking lot before ascending Valley Way. The sunrise was beautiful! I felt cool but not cold; the temperature was perfect for early morning hiking.
We have been starting so many hikes in the dark lately...it was nice to start when it was light outside this time!
There were many leaves on the ground.
Intersection with Brookside
A stream crossing we reached:
We found ourselves on a monorail when we got up a significant part of the trail. The monorail began a few tenths of a mile before the tentsite.
The clouds looked amazing up there. The weather was perfect; we could sit without getting too cold, which allowed us to really take in and appreciate the amazing sights surrounding us.
Airline Cutoff intersection:
There was an icy path leading straight to Madison Springs Hut.
Sage and Mom at the hut:
Looking at Adams...
The sky was just spectacular. I couldn't stop taking pictures!
We took a small break at the hut before continuing to Mt. Madison.
Sage taking a picture of the scenery...
Going up Madison...
The views were amazing when we got to Madison.
Cairn and sky...
Sage looking at the views with the breeze tousling her hair:
It was lovely up there!
Back at the hut:
We headed up Adams next.
We decided to go up Gulfside Trail and then Lowe's Path instead of going over Airline.
Summit of Adams!
This was a nice hike, though it hailed on us a bit while we were on Adams and rained slightly as we headed back down Valley Way (mountain weather). Looking forward to another hike next week.
Also, we'll have another episode of GraniteGals ready this weekend!