Onward and Upward


Last weekend, my friend and I hiked the Tuckerman Ravine trail on Mt. Washington, (in the state of New Hampshire for readers who are outside the US). We were blessed with perfect weather, albeit wintry. There was complete snow cover, and crampons were a must. My kind of day. Pardon the less than stellar quality of the photos. I was lazy and used my iPod.

I had done this trail eight years ago and guess what? I didn’t remember what a slog it was – 1,850 feet straight up. For more information on the ravine, click here.


When we reached the base of the ravine about two and a half hours later, there were many hikers, skiers (and dogs of various descriptions), all enjoying the sunshine and getting ready to climb or skin up the ravine so they could ski or otherwise slide down. It was chilly in the wind though, so we stayed just long enough to refuel and take it all in.


On the way back down, the snow was much softer and when I stopped to listen, all I could hear was the dripping of  ice and snow melting from the trees. It is spring in the mountains – kind of.



About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Onward and Upward

  1. herbdoc says:

    You may think the photos aren’t very good, Cynthia, but I love the first one. It reminds me of something that Ansel Adams would have done!


    • dirtynailz says:

      I can only wish! But thanks, Kathy. Too bad I didn’t bring my big camera, but I just didn’t want to carry it on that long climb.


  2. Wow, beautiful! What a fantastic way to spend the day.


    • dirtynailz says:

      There were times during the climb when I didn’t think it was so “beautiful,” Martha, but it’s always worth it in the end. You just have to keep going.


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