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    Senior Member Frodo's Avatar
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    Jackson/Pierce/Eisenhower/Monroe/Isolation: 12-29

    Another late start after spotting a car at the Rocky Branch Trailhead. Thom joins us again and we are off up the well broken Webster/Jackson Trail.

    We are on the summit of Jackson relaxing and enjoying the views. Another spectacular day in the Whites...

    We arrive on the summit of Pierce. We take a few pictures then off we go.

    We reach the summit of Eisenhower. The wind is blustery, so we we take shelter behind the rockpile and enjoy the views.

    We are on the summit of Monroe. A helicopter passes overhead and circles around the summit of Washington. It hangs around for 5 minutes then heads back torwards Crawford Notch.

    We finally arrive on Isolation. Trails were broken so we were quite relieved! We watch the sun set from the summit then start off on our long slog down to RT 16. We looked for Tramper Al and Company's bushwhack route from last Monday, but the new snow has made it invisible. We ended up following an AMC Trips broken trail, but they didn't do the bushwhack. We debated doing it ourselves, but since it was dark, and a trail was already broken, we took the longer easier way down. We did end up doing all 5 water crossings though, YIKES! The Rocky Branch Trail was the toughest part of the day.

    We are back at the car. YIPPEE!!!!!!!

    19 down, 29 to go...

    Frodo and Stinkyfeet

    Thom elected not to go all the way to Isolation, so shadowed a few minutes behind as far as Monroe, with summit times of 10:55 on Pierce, 12:10 on Ike, and 2:00 on Monroe, returning to Crawfords at 5:25 via the Crawford Path. Total summits now stands at 11, so 37 to go.

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    You guys are something else! Amazing!

    LIFE, I shall persevere! Everytime you knock me down, I will get up stronger.

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    danvers, ma

    where ya goin?! :o)

    you guys inspire me! where ya goin next?
    would love to join you for a dayhike.
    just did south carter, hight, carter dome today,about the same pace you had the other day.]
    the weather was just great!!!

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    keep it up!

    Hey guys,

    great going. don't envy those water crossings, though. We had to wade through one (yeah, just ONE) down here in our neck of the woods, and it was a little too refreshing for my taste!

    We're still thinking of coming up later in the week....

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    I am *not* worthy.

    Wow. Great trip! Keep 'em coming!
    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Edward Abbey

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    Senior Member Dennis C.'s Avatar
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    Wow! This is really quite an impressive agenda for a winter day hike, Frodo and Stinkyfeet. The trail conditions you encountered helped you to achieve your goals, but it's still a LONG haul. I can tell you had a great time. "19 down, 29 to go... " : This sounds serious , Frodo!
    Last edited by Dennis C.; 12-30-2003 at 12:24 PM.
    "Leave No Stragglers"

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    Having a grand time are we ...

    6,4,4,5 peaks in 4 straight days ... so much stamina, awesome just plain awesome. Keep em coming is right.

    Have a safe up and down

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