Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Mount Washington Adventure
After a hard week at school, what would be the first thing you would do to start off your weekend? If you answered climb a mountain, then we think exactly alike. Last Friday, a group of my fellow cadets and I set out on a quest to climb the harrowing Mount Washington, a mountain so grand yet terrifying, it has claimed the lives of many over the years. As we made our way to New Hampshire, it was not fear that filled our hearts, but pure motivation to take up the challenge. That night we were ready to take on that mountain...but couldn't find the trail and a place to camp. It was a roadblock in our plan, but it didn't stop us. Being Maritimers, we would stand watch in the car while we took turns sleeping in the vehicle. Also, we want to say thanks to New Hampshire State Police Troop F for allowing us to sleep in their parking lot. We started the march early that morning at 0600 with packs on our backs and hiking sticks in hand. It was a treacherous hike up the mountain, it was a cold and steep hike to the top. We hiked for 5 hours and made it to the treeline with the end in sight. At the final stretch though, one of our shipmates was not able to finish the hardest leg of the hike, and we made the decision to turn around and head back. Even though we were not able to finish the trek, we saw some beautiful sights and had quite the adventure. Next time, we go IN THE SUMMER!
Posted by Jason Boucher at 11:08 AM