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2014 Presidential Range Traverse – Multi-day Hike

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2014 Presidential Range Traverse – Multi-day Hike Dedicated to Sue Barber!
AMAZING 3 days - 9 summits - 21 miles – 8,800ft elevation gain!
Mt. Madison #30, Mt. Adams #31 and Mt. Washington #32 for me. Washington #41 for Tim!!! My first time on Clay. Third time on Jefferson. Second time on Monroe, Franklin, Eisenhower and Pierce!

Started traverse 3 days after my 55th birthday!!!

A year ago Sue asked me if I would be interested in hiking the Presidential Range Traverse with her. I hemmed and hawed a bit but ended saying yes! And I’m sure glad I did.
Fast forward to May 2014. Sue and I agreed on a 3 days/2 night-traverse. She also invited Tim along on the traverse. Reservations were made at the Madison Springs and Lake Of The Clouds huts. I also set up reservations for the shuttle to take us from the AMC Highland Center to the Appalachia Trail on Route 2, the start of our 3-day trek. Unfortunately, 3 weeks before our traverse, Sue had to back out due to illness. Tim and I decided to go ahead w…

Minty - Multi-pitch Rock Climbing

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Minty (5.4) 230 feet, 3 pitches The Gunks (Shawangunks) Mohonk Preserve, NY
What a difference a year makes! Although that day a year ago wasn’t what I expected, it was a day that I would never forget. And will try not to repeat! So when Geoff and Jeff invited me to tag along for a day at the Gunks, I was skeptical. But I had been ice and rock climbing with them for several months now, so I felt comfortable seconding them. As expected, it was crowded and as the day wore on, the popular routes had queues! Enjoy some photos of our day at the Gunks.

Jeff leading up Minty
My turn!
At the belay ledge I found an old piton in addition to my anchor
Jeff and I on the belay ledge
Pretty view from the belay ledge
Geoff leading up pitch 2
Belay ledge selfie
My turn! This section up the face is so sweet, but short!
Geoff leading pitch 3
After a few minutes of searching, we found the tree on the GTLedge (which already had slings and a rap ring) to rap down on (3).