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    New York and even Florida? Man, you guys are dedicated.

    My aunt lives in North Carolina, though, and she tells of Mount Mitchell, a mountain even taller then Washington. That's closer to Florida then NH - ever done it?

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    I've done it, no comparison. Full grown trees on the summit.

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    Yeah, I just looked it up. Almost a disgrace to it's title, eh?

    How was the hike up? How long was it? My aunt's invited me to stay with her for a week or so, and naturally if I'm down there anyway, I'd like to check it off.

    How did you have occasion to be climbing down there, though? And have you ever climbed any of the 10K or bigger mountains out west? That's something I really want to do. Another aunt lives almost literally in the shadow of Mount Hood, and believe it or not has never summited.

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    Depends on where you start from for Mt Mitchell. We did an office hike with 5-6 year old kids. No big deal. The pictures of that hike are at http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstre...7_mt_mitchell/

    Doing the Blue Ridge Parkway over 3 peaks to Grandfather Mt was a lot longer and harder. We did that as an office hike the year before and those pictures are at http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstre...9_grandfather/
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    Neat pictures. I like that bridge on the way to Grandfather Mountain - quite a bit of work to build it up there.

    T'would be fun to do, but I think I like the more barren and desolate (relatively speaking) feeling of the Presidentials and Franconia. With that fog, the park bench, and the full size trees, it looked like it coulda been a lazy Sunday morning in the park. Think you'll do it again, Brad?

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    Just comparing the mountains, not the hikes, though the way we climbed, from Blackwoods CG, was easier than any climb I've ever done on Washington, though it was a lot warmer in May. There are definitely longer, more challenging routes as Brad says, and it is definitely worth climbing if you're in the area. I have cousins in Asheville and if I return I may try to climb Grandfather Mountain. From Brad's pictures it looks a lot more like home in the Whites.

    Mitchell is undoubtedly the furthest west I have climbed, though I have friends who just failed a Denali attempt this week. One of the guys who failed hiked the White Mountain Diretissima in 11 days last fall.

    http://www.matsroing.com/

    Check the trip report section.

    This means that not only did he hike all 48 4K's, he hiked all the distance between them. He also did it with no support. Denali (McKinley) is 20,320' above sea level. I think the elevation gain in the climb is greater than Everest. Bill could probably shed some light.

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    Wow, that musta been an absolutely nightmarish 11 days. It's funny, my brother and I were just now talking about doing a trip this summer over all 48. I was just about to post a thread asking how long it would be (I was guessing 300 miles). Guess you took care of that, KD. Although, he wouldn't by any chance have posted his exact route anywhere, would he?

    And what happened on Denali? I was just looking at that online, looks like a truly epic climb. How far did they get?

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    One thing about Denali National Park is that it is so beautiful and breathtaking it really doesn't matter where you hike. You'll have memories to last a lifetime. Especially if you get a clear view of Denali while your there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acrophobe
    Neat pictures. I like that bridge on the way to Grandfather Mountain - quite a bit of work to build it up there.

    T'would be fun to do, but I think I like the more barren and desolate (relatively speaking) feeling of the Presidentials and Franconia. With that fog, the park bench, and the full size trees, it looked like it coulda been a lazy Sunday morning in the park. Think you'll do it again, Brad?
    I doubt I will do it again. Hiking in hot NC can be no fun just due to the heat. I might look for a different, longer trail for Mt Mitchell - but they either are very short or very long. Once they get too long it is hard to find a hiking partner down here. The Whites have so much more view to offer.

    What I have done in the past is Pilot Mt, just north of Winston-Salem, as a training hike. I load up my pack and head out as soon as the southern park parking lot gate opens at 8AM. There is a nice wooded trail for 2.5 miles - then a 2 miles loop around and across the summit and back to the 2.5 mile trail back down. The Loop trail has stone steps to get you going and working. If you go fast enough you can outrun the bugs.
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