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KD Talbot
07-28-2010, 09:30 PM
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In The Bowl

Mount Washington Seek the Peak Hike-a-thon Fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory 7/23/10

Mount Washington 6288'

Tuckerman Ravine Trail/Lion Head Trail

8.4 miles 4250? Elevation Gain

Erich, Graham, Kevin, Judy and Emma

Once a year an occasion comes around that is special, like a holiday. In fact we usually plan a vacation around it and like a holiday sometimes the anticipation for this occasion is just as intense as say, Christmas Day when you're six years old. So, every year we put aside some time and we go up to the mountains and meet with many wonderful people we have made friends with over the years and we celebrate this occasion in a special way. Like so many monks making an annual pilgrimage to a much higher peak in a much more remote place, we hike to the summit of Mount Washington. I think I can speak for each person who has made this journey that what you bring away from it is, above all that goes with it, a renewal of spirit through a feeling of accomplishment and purpose.

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Emma cools her heels while Graham wishes he were her

About ten years ago we began frequenting http://www.mountwashington.org/ to check weather conditions for our hikes into the White Mountains. Like a seed planted, things blossomed out into memorable, outlook changing experiences at the top of the mountain. Through these experiences relationships were made and friendships forged. Over the years the roots of this once tiny seed have grown strong and the branches have reached out in many directions and found new avenues. Like trees, we are routed to the earth, but yearn for the sky. What we have learned we can do to show our appreciation is make this annual pilgrimage to raise funds for this very useful non-profit during their annual Seek the Peak Hike-a-thon Fundraiser.

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Classic view of Southern Presidentials from Tuckerman Ravine Trail

Once again many of the wonderful people we have reached out to with our branches have reached back with theirs and joined us by supporting our fundraising efforts. Once again we have exceeded our goals. To this we would like to extend a very warm thank you, it is truly appreciated! It is hard to say what a great time it was seeing you all, and only wish that it hadn't been so brief. Thanks again to all who made generous monetary donations and thanks to all who donated friendship, trailside and fireside! Like little kids after Christmas morning we are already thinking about next year!

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Success

Complete set of pics here (http://ghostflowers.smugmug.com/White-Mountain-Hikes/Seek-the-Peak/Washington-STP-72310/13090568_gyxtc#948776518_vmbmY):

KDT

CHRIS
07-29-2010, 09:16 AM
Great pictures. What a beautiful day.

BlueDog
07-29-2010, 09:25 AM
Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks to you, Judy and our fearless trail guide Emma for making it another perfect day on the rock pile!

Snow Miser
07-29-2010, 11:31 AM
Very nice photos! Emma looks really happy to get cooled off. Thanks for sharing.

Addicted
07-29-2010, 12:45 PM
Thanks for the pics. Did this same trip when I went up. It brought back a lot of memories! Also confused me as I don't remember some of the views, but then remembered that we were in and out of the clouds on our trek and didn't have any views from Tux junc. and up. Looked like a great day!

Charlie
07-29-2010, 09:25 PM
very nice pictures and some day i want to do a small hike with the fearless trail guide Emma
it was good to see the three of you again and hope to see you again before STP11

Anna LeBlanc
07-30-2010, 05:09 PM
Thank you for the incredibly beautiful pictures and TR Kevin.Nigel loved seeing the pictures of Emma.She is an inspiration to him.I've included a picture of him and Gary on the summit of Bald Mt that we did this week.


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Anna

mtruman
07-31-2010, 09:17 AM
Great photos and TR as always Kevin. You guys sure picked the right day (not that Saturday was bad). What a fantastic weekend! Hope to get together with you on a trail soon.

KD Talbot
07-31-2010, 09:39 AM
Thanks all, it was agreat trip and great to see so many of you there! Great picture of Nigel, Anna!

KDT

Stets
08-01-2010, 08:10 PM
Terrific description of Seek The Peak - Nicely done Kevin.

Oh, wonderful photos as well.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
08-02-2010, 02:12 PM
Kevin,
What a fantastic comparison - seek-the-peak/christmas as a child. A terrific set of photos too. One question, when will the Men In Kilts Calendar be available?;)

Donna::)