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mtruman
05-14-2012, 07:55 PM
I've been dreading this hike since the day that we decided that we were going to finish the 48 (and for a while it was the reason that I knew we'd never finish). Once again, the mountains hold great surprises. What a fantastic day we had! Great people to hike with, a bit of every condition that you could hope to find in a day and to top it off, seeing Geneva get her 48 finish! Thanks to Kim, Hui Yeng, Christine, Owen, Steve-o and most of all Geneva for making our 37th peak the most memorable one yet!


There's so much story to be told - it's all here (and perhaps a bit more):


http://theramblingsblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/hey-somebody-get-this-owl-off-my-back.html


One reflection of the day...


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sFGCP_kbnwk/T7BzYEfEFuI/AAAAAAAAiM4/6hKZwBVwhB4/s720/IMG_2785.JPG

KathyC
05-15-2012, 04:44 AM
You had a perfect day, I love all of the pictures, thank you for sharing.

Snow Miser
05-15-2012, 07:27 AM
Very nice photos and report Mark! You make what is a very difficult hike look pleasurable. Thanks for sharing!

KathyC
05-15-2012, 09:16 AM
Bob is right, you do make it look like fun. I don't think that I could ever do that...

Too bad you didn't see an owl, but I can't beleive how many eggs they lay.
Always learning from here...:)

Charlie
05-15-2012, 09:44 PM
very nice Mark

d.b.cooperisalive
05-16-2012, 09:56 AM
Mark, your pics are incredible. I personally never hiked more then 11 miles, so your trip seems overwhelming to me. My goals is to hike this same trail, also the Bonds and then eventually the Presidential Traverse. These maybe a "whats the big deal" to some but I would feel a sense of accomplishment if I was able to do any of them. I enjoy your blog. congrats from dbcooperisalive

sdways01
05-16-2012, 03:37 PM
Looks like it was a great hike. I did Owl's head for the first time March 4th this winter. I actually look forward to going back on a nice day with no snow. After going up the slide in powder that was deeper than my knees in many spots, I think it should seem much easier.

mtruman
05-16-2012, 09:06 PM
Very nice photos and report Mark! You make what is a very difficult hike look pleasurable. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Bob. It's difficult and I never thought I really wanted to do it but in the end it really was fun!



You had a perfect day, I love all of the pictures, thank you for sharing.

Bob is right, you do make it look like fun. I don't think that I could ever do that...

Too bad you didn't see an owl, but I can't beleive how many eggs they lay.
Always learning from here...:)

Honestly Kathy, I wasn't sure that I could do it either. So many people make this kind of thing look easy. The secret for this one was having a great group to go with to make the time go by with lots of laughter and friendship and just putting one foot in front of the other. In the end it was so much easier than I had imagined. It sure helped that we were blessed with great weather, almost no bugs, etc. On a bad day this would be a REALLY LONG hike.

As for the Owl eggs - that was just a lucky find. I believe this was an unusually large clutch :rolleyes:


very nice Mark

Thanks Charlie!


Mark, your pics are incredible. I personally never hiked more then 11 miles, so your trip seems overwhelming to me. My goals is to hike this same trail, also the Bonds and then eventually the Presidential Traverse. These maybe a "whats the big deal" to some but I would feel a sense of accomplishment if I was able to do any of them. I enjoy your blog. congrats from dbcooperisalive

Thanks for the kind words. Beautiful scenery helps to make for good pictures. Being lucky enough to catch people at the right times is good too. Before Saturday the longest hike we'd ever done was 12. Did a couple of those over the last year and all shorter ones before that. I was intimidated by the mileage more than anything on this hike and it turned out to not be a big deal. It of course doesn't hurt that many of the miles on this one are flat including the last 4+ on the way out. Just keep pushing a little more each time and the endurance will come. I've watched people go from mostly simple day hikes to doing a winter Bonds traverse or Presi traverse in a matter of a couple of years. I can only shake my head. Maybe someday...


Looks like it was a great hike. I did Owl's head for the first time March 4th this winter. I actually look forward to going back on a nice day with no snow. After going up the slide in powder that was deeper than my knees in many spots, I think it should seem much easier.

Thanks Adam. I remember reading and commenting on your Owl's Head trip report here this winter. I was still trying to decide if we'd ever actually tackle it at that point. Now I'm already wondering about giving it a run in winter. Hopefully not in thigh deep powder though :eek:

Anna LeBlanc
05-19-2012, 07:25 AM
Thanks for the great tr and photos Mark and Natalie because I know this is one we'll only get to see through your eyes...

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Anna

KathyC
05-20-2012, 08:08 AM
Last night Walt and I went out to dinner and this hike was a big topic of our conversation. I was telling him about the Pemi Cabins and all about the hike and the owls, he was making some great comments about the owls, I laughed so hard.

See Mark, your ramblings go way beyond here, so thank you!!