It’s been a real busy (read: enjoyable) past few weeks. I have been gone every weekend and just about every weeknight too. Several sports have been taking the vast majority of my free time: climbing mountains, tennis, soccer, and golf. All I thoroughly enjoy, and all are cheap. Well except for golf, but just because I have to buy a new pack of balls every 3-4 rounds since I suck.
I have climbed nine high peaks over the past month in three weekends. Twice with John, once with my old man. Last weekend we were detoured around Lake Placid because there was a veritable caravan of cyclists spread out over 50 something miles in the loop between Keene and Placid. More specifically, it was an Ironman triathlon.
For those of you don’t know, the Ironman is not your ordinary triathlon. Imagine waking up at 6 AM on a sunday to get ready for a bike ride. Now imagine biking 56 miles on unrelentingly hilly roads in a long circle. Now imagine coming back to the start, and having to do it again. After the second lap is done, wipe your brow, drink some water, and go run a marathon. Yep, 26.2 miles. Get to it. Upon giving it your all in that last final stretch of running (assuming your heart hasn’t exploded), you are reminded that you are participating in a triathlon. Tri=3. You are instructed to jump in the lake, which is nice and cool and feels great. Unfortunately, you must swim 3 miles over 6 laps. Merely finishing one of these in a 15-hour span of daylight is a superhuman feat, in my opinion. Yet there are scores of people out there who do this professionally, 25 of which showed up in Placid that weekend. Crazy stuff.
So we bypassed the psycho- err, triathlon, and made it to the trailhead for Cascade peak. Cascade is a joke of a climb, the summit is about 2 miles from the road. We ran up to the top in a little over an hour. It’s view is phenomenal, the peak is bald and has a glorious 360° view, the likes of which I hadn’t seen since ascending Dix. After chatting with a few French Canadian girls, we took off to hike nearby Porter Mountain, another High Peak and less than a mile away. It took us under four hours to climb two high peaks. Not bad. Cascade was my 23rd high peak. Halfway there baby!
The weekend before John and I knocked off four peaks in the Nippletop range. Yeah, we were out there in the 90° sun while you were lounging about in your air-conditioning. And it was awesome. Pics are at left.
Oh, and I posted my best panorama yet, of the entire Great Range. Low and high quality