Mt Monadnock

Last weekend, Hans and I decided to scale Mt Monadnock.  Though not very physically taxing, it was a tricky hike – it’s a very rocky, scramble-y trail and it was quite wet from the morning’s rain. IMG_9373

We could see fairly early on that it was going to be an overcast day – lots of fog and precipitation.   But it was actually quite warm; I ended up taking off my base layer and hiking in just my rain jacket.

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This is what much of the trail looked like once we started gaining elevation – very tricky to navigate in the wet weather! (This is also what I meant by “scramble-y”)  We managed it fairly easily, though we kept to a relaxed pace and focused on our footing.

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On the Pumpelly trail (a ridge to the peak) where people raved about the views.  It was a great day for hiking, but perhaps not the best day for panoramic landscapes.

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And once we summitted, the real fog set it.   We actually lost the trail for a bit near the top – but we were close enough that we figured going up would get us where we wanted to go.  (It did.)

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After the fog settled in, the wind kicked in, too.

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And the sun and fog started playing peek-a-boo with us!  One of us would see the fog clear out, yell to the other, who would grab their camera, and race to a good viewpoint…

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Only to see the fog roll back in before we could get any pictures! This happened two or three times.

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Then, as we reached the last viewpoint on the descent, the fog started to clear out just as we go there.

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It was polite enough to wait for me to grab my camera and speed out to a good vantage point.

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And finally lifted long enough to let me capture the spectacular sights.  It was a gorgeous day to be on a mountain, that was for sure.

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The last picture before I put my camera away and concentrated on getting down the slippery rock trails.  Rain clouds were just starting to roll in – we got rained on a bit on the last half hour of our hike or so.

You wouldn’t think hiking in the rain and fog would be as much fun as hiking in the sunshine – but it is! It’s very different and completely fantastic. After all, nearly any day is a good day to be on top of a mountain.

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