Columbus Day weekend I hiked with some friends the most hiked mountain in the US, Mt. Monadnock. This time however the trail was twice as long making for a total of 6.4 miles from the Gibson Pond Campground to the Summit.
The hike was great, but the mountain was crowded and I had to adjust my pace down for some of my slower friends, thus slowing my normally blistering pace down to a mile and hour. The continuing to start and stop really did a number on me while I was under the weight of my pack. The crowded factor had a huge impact on my pace as well. I was worried about bumping people or getting knocked over. Hopefully despite A Walk in the Woods, Springer will not be as crowded as Monadnock on Columbus Day.
It will be really nice when my hike starts to be able to Hike My Own Hike and not worry about leaving people stranded on a mountain.
My girlfriend Hannah joined us as well and it was nice to have her along for the hike, she did a great job. Unfortunately, the weather in New England is finally starting to change with today having the temperature at 27 degrees. I could still go out and get training hikes in, but they will be more and more miserable as time passes.
I think I am going to be posting a gear breakdown soon, that will go up on Appalachian Trials and I will post the link here. I have ordered my food bag which was one of my last items. I also have another LARP event this weekend as weekend as well as a Rugby game. I might just recap that stuff here.
I am working to determine a good starting day in the spring I still don't have a hard date hammered down but I should do it soon.
Also lately there has been an influx of likes to the Facebook Page hopefully that means folks out there are reading, feel free to share and tell your friends!