- May 13, 2013
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Una, I hear you! I still love to hike, but it's the thought of the drives now that deters me. The first time I did the 48 was many years ago and I happily zipped up weekend after weekend, doing most in daytrips. Second round was spread out over a longer time, and admittedly, the notion that I could complete a list again was motivating in itself, and also some friends were doing their lists over the years too so that was motivating. I feel like a bit of a slacker these days, but that's just the way it goes I guess as we all get busier, more involved in careers and other obligations. I do miss it all though!
The drive is a big deterrent, especially in Winter when the road conditions and weather can be a real challenge before you even set foot on a trail. I hike alone and am a day tripper too (from CT) and the biggest hurdle to most of my hiking is answering the alarm clock at 2:30 AM or 3:00 AM and getting out the door for that 3-4 hour drive. When there is no "objective" to complete like a list and no guilt related to canceling on a hiking companion the single biggest achievement of most of my hikes is getting out of bed.
When I started my official hiking 48 4k list it was the year the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. My usual hiking routine was the night before being in Providence,RI enjoying the games and much Guinness, driving home to CT about an hour, sleeping 2-3 hours, getting up and driving to NH 3-4 hours, hiking for 7-11 hours (often not feeling overly energetic and enjoying a head ache) and driving home to crash. Long days indeed but "the list" gave me enough motivation to push through. Mt Cabot was my longest day by far. I got 2 hrs of sleep, I hiked from the North side so the trail head was a 4 hr 20 min drive, it was cloudy and drizzling all day (i.e. zero views) and the mosquitos were fierce so I had to keep moving to avoid being torn to shreds....and man was I hungover. Just after returning to car a massive round of thunderstorms and torrential rain rolled through and I drove all the way down Rte 3 nearly to Lincoln doing about 20-35 mph. Took almost 5 hours to get home. To say I was fried was an understatement. I must say without list fever it would have been highly unlikely I would have done most of these hikes.