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My hike on 1-19-13


Monday, January 21, 2013

Saturday’s climb was unique, and we almost did not summit. One member of our group was getting too cold part way up. It is never worth having someone become hypothermic just to summit Monadnock.

Our hike started out as normal as any other. John and I were walking with two of the most intelligent people that we know. Conversation and laughter carried us up the trail quickly and easily. Then it became apparent that one of our friends was cold. The sweat had left him cold, and something had to be done. We were all willing to turn back if need be. Hikers always need to be willing to turn around especially in winter if things do not look or feel right. In our case, the problem was solved with a bite to eat, adding more clothing and a short rest.

Monadnock in winter is a beautiful place. It is quiet and serene. It is also a place where people can get hurt. Taking the time to both love and respect nature is important. Several times, we have abandoned our hiking plans in order to keep someone safe. My advice to all winter hikers is this: hike with friends, and make sure that everyone is able to stay strong and safe. Happy trails!
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LINDAKAY228 1/23/2013 12:07PM

    What an awesome hike. I hike alone most of the time, but in an area like that I definitely wouldn't. My areas are much different and I also stick to paths or forest roads that other hikers also use. And many of my hiking areas have cell reception. But I definitely would not consider hiking in some places alone, and definitely not if there is snow or ice. Glad you all support each other so well and are willing to do whatever to keep each othr safe.

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DESERTJULZ 1/21/2013 11:40PM

    Beautiful photos. Glad you were all ready to turn back if needed.

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68ANNE 1/21/2013 8:42PM

    Knowledge and adaptability can be everything!

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JMERLAU 1/21/2013 7:13PM

    WOW - Glad to know everything worked out alright.

I agree....SOMETIMES we have to take a step back and look at the safety of things, right?!

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ANDYLIN90 1/21/2013 4:02PM

    Loved the pictures and as always, good advice.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/21/2013 2:28PM

    Great advice! I also took a hike the same day as you. It was 53 degrees though, so no hypothermia worries there.

Today is 17 degrees. Back to the gym for me!



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KATI5668 1/21/2013 1:50PM

    Great blog...& excellent advice.
The urge to push on can lead to disaster at times.

Hurrah for you all!!

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SUTERSPACE 1/21/2013 11:28AM

    I am a warm, fair weather hiker myself. Good for you going out in the winter. Come try the Canadian Rockies!!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 1/21/2013 10:59AM

    Glad everything turned out well!

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-SHOREIDO- 1/21/2013 10:54AM

    Glad all ended well. Thanks so much for sharing. Any day I learn something new is a great day as far as I'm concerned!!
Don't hike yet but just might take a peek at it! ; )

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/21/2013 10:31AM

    How far is the hike up to the summit? It is truly beautiful!

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/21/2013 8:31AM

    Thanks for sharing your hike and the words of wisdom about safety. I've only climbed one mountain in NH (about 75 lbs. ago), but I would like to do it again. It is so beautiful. You have whet my appetite.

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LOOKINGUP2012 1/21/2013 8:31AM

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1CRAZYDOG 1/21/2013 7:48AM

    How can you sum up the beauty of those pictures! Well, just BEAUTIFUL! Glad your friend was able to turn things around with a bite to eat, rest and extra clothing.

HUGS and thank you for sharing. Truely beautiful.

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GAMMY98 1/21/2013 6:35AM

    thank you and very well said.

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ERIN1957 1/21/2013 6:17AM

    An amazing journey you are embarking on, in your life walk! Amazing!!
Have a great week!

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