Sunday, June 22, 2014

CSU at Mt Washington, 21st of June 2014

A little after six in the evening we, (Conner and his father Pat, Isaac, Kevin, Gunther, and I), piled into Gunther's van and left for New Hampshire. After spending the night at Kathy's brother's vacation home with the running crew that had arrived before us, again thank you for letting us stay, we met James and Barry Kitch at Pinkham Notch and set out. We hiked up to Lions Head and then to the summit at a fast pace to catch the CSU'ers running the mount Washington road race. From the summit we descended to Lake in the Clouds for some delicious chile, and coffee. Finally we summited mount Monroe and then hiked across the ridge on a small "detour" from the path to the Booot-Spur trail. After a long decent we again reached Pinkham Notch and climbed in the car for a leg stiffening ride back home.
There were many CSU athletes that ran the Mount Washington Road Race recently, but there was also a small group of coaches, parents and kids that did a hiking mini traverse of the mountain area. We left from the Pinkham Notch visitors center and “speed-hiked up to the summit via the Lionshead trail, just in time to see the first CSUers come through.
Tuckermans still with snow fields

The first president in the clouds, chilly at the summit.

the hiking crowd

at the finish line of the race

CSU volunteers did a great job. It was 70 in the valley

Rob finishing strong

Rob Jackson, Kevin and Isaac

Chris you are it!

Meg with a big stride at the finish

your only guides in the many whiteouts

a lsat view back up from Boot Spur trail

still energy left to split some big rock. It is called now split rock!

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