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    Default Seek the Peak 2014 by The Kilted Hikers

    Seek the Peak, the event that we The Kilted Hikers wait all year for, was once again upon us. Months of fundraising
    had gone well, and now it was time to climb beautiful Mount Washington. Most of us come from far and wide, so
    this hike is always an annual treat. The weather was perfect this year with temperatures at the base in the upper
    70s, and in the lower 50s on the summit. Winds were variable at 10 to 30 mph, just enough to keep us cool
    in the mostly sunny skies of July.





    We began the hike at Pinkham Notch around 7am the day before the actual event date. The trails are always a lot
    lighter in foot traffic, and it also affords us the next day to enjoy the festivities a bit more. Our route this year would
    be Lion Head up, and Tuckerman down.





    It didn't take long to reach the junction of Tucks and Lion Head.





    On the way up Lion Head, we paused and took in the nice view of the Boott Spur Trail across the ravine.





    Foot traffic from other hikers was fairly light, so we were able to make good time without waiting
    for others to pass.





    One of the antennas on the summit shows us just where we are headed. The trek doesn't
    look too bad from this angle, but we still have a ways to go.





    Almost there! Now it's time for the wooden steps. Why are they always the hardest
    part of the hike up?





    We made it! And for those that don't wear kilts, the cooling draft at this point is very
    refreshing.

    Once on the summit, we met back up with our 5th comrade and his friend who
    were hiking down from the northern Presidentials.






    After about an hour or so on the summit, with time spent in the company of many good friends, it was time
    to head back down via the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. This route, going down the headwall, has one
    of the best views on the entire mountain in my opinion.





    One look back at the headwall before getting to the Hermit Lake Shelter.





    Time for a little R&R before heading back to Pinkham Notch.



    Another great hike, with great friends, for a great organization has been accomplished.
    One can never get enough of these beautiful mountains! Until next year....


    Full set of photos HERE.
    Bob

    I never want to see a day
    That's over forty degrees
    I'd rather have it thirty,
    Twenty, ten, five and let it freeeeEEEEEEeeze!

    My Seek the Peak 2014 Photo Set

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    Great photos and write up Bob.

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    Thank you KathyC!
    Bob

    I never want to see a day
    That's over forty degrees
    I'd rather have it thirty,
    Twenty, ten, five and let it freeeeEEEEEEeeze!

    My Seek the Peak 2014 Photo Set

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    Awesome Tr and pics! You guys are an inspiration!

    K&J

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    Thanks for posting Bob. It was a fantastic day in the mountains and for a great cause but most of all it is the friendship we all have and getting to hook up and doing what we love is priceless.

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    It was great and a lot of fun hiking with my Kilted friends, very nice report Bob.
    Armando

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    Bob, I took some of your pictures on this hike. I was the one who was having the leg cramps on the last .8 mile or so. Great meeting you and terrific pics. My son and I had a great father/son hike to the summit, to staying overnight at the Lakes in the Clouds and back the next day. Hope to catch you guys on the trail again.

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    Hi d.b.cooperisalive! We didn't realize it was you on the way up. It was very nice chatting with you and your son as we passed each other repeatedly. And it's good to hear the cramps subsided and you two were able to finished your hike. We all know how painful they can be. Yes, hope to see you on the trail again!
    Bob

    I never want to see a day
    That's over forty degrees
    I'd rather have it thirty,
    Twenty, ten, five and let it freeeeEEEEEEeeze!

    My Seek the Peak 2014 Photo Set

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