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McRat
03-09-2007, 04:23 PM
I have another week before I can attempt my final peak on the NH4K list. I can hardly wait to get out, and have been thinking about hiking almost constantly.

One to go... What a long strange trip it has been.

Over a hundred hours, hundreds of dollars and thousands of miles of driving.

I've been cut, bruised, chafed, sprained, and blistered. I've been held at gunpoint, gotten drunk, hiked in the dark and took a stick in the eye, and drove back in two hours - all to get frickin' Waumbek before sunrise and spring.

I've had a friend break his ankle and pass out on the trail, three miles from Appalachia lot. I've bonked the entire length of the Garfield ridge trail. Multiple electronic devices got fried by EMP as I made a terrified dash from the summit of Moosilauke during a thunderstorm.

I've been charged by grouse, offered as a feast to the mosquitoes, and got spider webs in my beard. I've dodged deer on the highway when they appear almost magically in the twilight. I've stepped in moose poop.

I've been sunburned and dehydrated in the heat of summer and spent nights shivering in a shelter hoping for sleep. I've soared through the air at high speed when I discovered that swissbobs and crampons do not work well together. I have glissaded both intentionally and otherwise. I've experienced the Clivus.

Then again, I've been on the Bonds in perfect weather so it all balances out.

- - - - - -

My posts are verbose enough without me listing all the wonderful people, places and moments on this quest. I'll won't try your patience by recounting them all. Suffice to say, the journey has been one of my favorite endeavors - a labor of love.

I can also honestly admit that I wouldn't have traveled so far had it not been for you, my fellow hikers. The thriving online community has provided countless valuable advice, encouragement, sympathy, trail conditions, and hiking partners. I'm also grateful to a surprisingly large amount of people - ranging from those unknown hikers who break the trail ahead; to the many people I am proud to call friends.

Even when I'm unable to hike or stuck in my windowless office, I've enjoyed countless hours reading the many trip reports and posts from all the interesting characters here.

Thanks to all of you.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this adventure finishes. Hopefully, I'll put North Twin under my boots next weekend and get my patch.

If not, you all get a second North Twin trip report - absolutely free.

Jason Berard
03-09-2007, 09:09 PM
Well said!

Artex
03-10-2007, 06:04 AM
Good luck man! Looking forward to the TR for #48.

NewHampshire
03-10-2007, 06:57 AM
So, will it be a two-vice kind of day on North Twin, or has "She who must be obeyed" started slapping the niccotine patches on you in your sleep? :D :D

Brian

Barb Harris
03-10-2007, 09:18 AM
I have another week before I can attempt my final peak on the NH4K list. I can hardly wait to get out, and have been thinking about hiking almost constantly.

One to go... What a long strange trip it has been.

Over a hundred hours, hundreds of dollars and thousands of miles of driving.

I've been cut, bruised, chafed, sprained, and blistered. I've been held at gunpoint, gotten drunk, hiked in the dark and took a stick in the eye, and drove back in two hours - all to get frickin' Waumbek before sunrise and spring.

I've had a friend break his ankle and pass out on the trail, three miles from Appalachia lot. I've bonked the entire length of the Garfield ridge trail. Multiple electronic devices got fried by EMP as I made a terrified dash from the summit of Moosilauke during a thunderstorm.

I've been charged by grouse, offered as a feast to the mosquitoes, and got spider webs in my beard. I've dodged deer on the highway when they appear almost magically in the twilight. I've stepped in moose poop.

I've been sunburned and dehydrated in the heat of summer and spent nights shivering in a shelter hoping for sleep. I've soared through the air at high speed when I discovered that swissbobs and crampons do not work well together. I have glissaded both intentionally and otherwise. I've experienced the Clivus.

Then again, I've been on the Bonds in perfect weather so it all balances out.

- - - - - -

My posts are verbose enough without me listing all the wonderful people, places and moments on this quest. I'll won't try your patience by recounting them all. Suffice to say, the journey has been one of my favorite endeavors - a labor of love.

I can also honestly admit that I wouldn't have traveled so far had it not been for you, my fellow hikers. The thriving online community has provided countless valuable advice, encouragement, sympathy, trail conditions, and hiking partners. I'm also grateful to a surprisingly large amount of people - ranging from those unknown hikers who break the trail ahead; to the many people I am proud to call friends.

Even when I'm unable to hike or stuck in my windowless office, I've enjoyed countless hours reading the many trip reports and posts from all the interesting characters here.

Thanks to all of you.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this adventure finishes. Hopefully, I'll put North Twin under my boots next weekend and get my patch.

If not, you all get a second North Twin trip report - absolutely free.
This is one of the most humorous posts I've ever read! Held at gunpoint????Good luck to you...

Bobby
03-10-2007, 09:47 AM
"Lately I've been thinking, what a long strange trip it's been" Truckin', the Grateful Dead :) You'll get there, McRat. Good luck.

NewHampshire
03-10-2007, 09:54 AM
Held at gunpoint????

The origional trip report post is gone, but he explains it here:

Thread (http://www.vftt.org/forums/showpost.php?p=134321&postcount=21)

Can'y say I would have been investing in depends that day, since I SURELY would have peed my pants!

Brian

jjmcgo
03-10-2007, 12:48 PM
That was easily the most captivating post in the history of VFTT, which says a lot considering Tom and Atticus posts here.

michael
03-10-2007, 01:11 PM
"Lately I've been thinking, what a long strange trip it's been" Truckin', the Grateful Dead :) You'll get there, McRat. Good luck.

or as Lowell George and the boys put it: "I've been kicked by the wind, robbed by the sleet, had my head stoved in but I'm still on my feet, and I'm still...willin'"
good luck and thanks for the entertainment! :D

bubba
03-10-2007, 01:24 PM
Nice. I think we've all been "there" - whatever that is to all of us individually. The mountain experience and the ability to share with others (and mostly with those who share this online experience) is the best. Many miles, memories and places to yet go.

Good luck. Look forward to more of your posts, post NH4K.

dentonfabrics
03-13-2007, 03:44 PM
The origional trip report post is gone, but he explains it here:

Thread (http://www.vftt.org/forums/showpost.php?p=134321&postcount=21)

Can'y say I would have been investing in depends that day, since I SURELY would have peed my pants!

Brian



Whoa, what a story!!! I'd have been sh?tting pickles if I were you!! McRat, did this happen in NH?? I'm kind of surprised you didnt go to the authorities about him, or did you?

McRat
03-13-2007, 04:29 PM
Whoa, what a story!!! I'd have been sh?tting pickles if I were you!! McRat, did this happen in NH?? I'm kind of surprised you didnt go to the authorities about him, or did you?

I suppose I'm kind of surprised I didn't call the police, but I guess after the stick in the eye, it lost priority. The first few days I was focused on visits to the doctor or sitting in a darkened room popping pain killers.

Over time, I began to view him less as an opportunistic psycho and more as a lonely mentally-disabled guy who helped some dumb Masshole who couldn't tell the difference between a snowmobile trail and trailhead parking.

From his viewpoint - he towed my car, gave me a warm place and some beer, and eventually let me leave unscathed. The guy is clearly messed up, and hopefully is back on his meds and doing better.

I guess at some level I feel sorry for the guy, grateful for the tow, and lucky to be out. The point of the linked story is that, had I been carrying a handgun at the time, I would have been scared enough to use it... and given how everything ended up - I'm glad I didn't carry.

SherpaKroto
03-13-2007, 09:40 PM
So, now after all that you're going to climb up a Twin? :rolleyes: Good luck Bud!

Dr. Dasypodidae
03-15-2007, 03:59 PM
So, is North Twin still on the agenda between now and the Equinox, despite the warm temperatures, rotting snowpack, and forecast snowfall? I think that the Little River (3rd crossing) will need to be waded now). I am up for it, if anyone else is.

McRat
03-15-2007, 05:00 PM
Still looking at the weather reports, but tentatively we're heading up on Saturday (3/17). Thread in Trips and Events.

If the weather is miserable or driving conditions dangerous, I may attack it midweek (for winter) or next weekend. Failing that, I'll probably just join the NH4K class of 2008.

Dr. Dasypodidae, pm if interested.

hikerfast
03-15-2007, 05:35 PM
3rd brook crossing..didnt even think of that one. i kind of assumed it would be frozen over with snow on it?

NewHampshire
03-15-2007, 06:49 PM
I don't think Coo's county had a flood/ice dam warning, but it is awfully close and it is a mountain run-off. I think the extreme warm weather we had has probably turned the crossing into a running mess that might not get re-frozen despite the cooler temps coming. No doubt about it......we will probably have to do some wading!

But who knows? Hey, lets just bushwack up the Twins from Red Rock Pond :D .....oh wait, that would be even MORE crossings to deal with :p .

Brian