Mount Pierce – White Mountains, New Hampshire – Adventure Date 3.26.16

It was Friday morning when my good friend Willow started texting me for a weekend adventure  – DD,  she says – tomorrow is going to be amazing, we’re leaving Bangor at 5 am. 30 degrees, no wind, and bluebird skies. Are you in? I know better than to say to no Willow, she’s ALWAYS blazing some cool trail. She’s joining the 4,000 fter club and she’s pretty much my She-ro. So – I went to bed early Friday night, and 4:30 am on Saturday morning I was on my way to meet my friend and we began the trek to New Hampshire to the White Mountains. We left Winterport around 5:15 am and we hit the Whites around 9 am, with a breakfast stop in between. We took some time to repack and decide on our attire for the day and hit the trail around 9:30 am. Here’s how our adventure went….

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My first glimpse of the White Mountains was a gloomy one.

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We’re thrilled to see some blue shies and hopeful for a bluebird summit.

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The  Mizpah Spring Hut we believe was getting renovations, so this copter was running up and down the mountain carrying boards. It was a very cool thing to see.

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At this point, we’e just crossing our fingers that the clouds will part and we’ll see blue skies.
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Here we are at the entrance to the trail. I had to get a photo  with the White Mountain National Forest sign, since it was my first hike in the Whites.
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We took the Crawford Path up
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Microspikes and Poles were a must.

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This is the beginning of our hike. We already had on too many layers. I have on a down vest, a fleece hoodie, a neck fleece, and a dru wick undershirt. I was sweating in no time. I also had a winter coat in my pack. So many regrets there. haha.
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We hit Gibbs Brook right off. A nice little surprise to start our adventure. Willow has her trust Deuter pack.

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Now I am starting to see why they are called the White Mountains. as we reach higher elevation, everything becomes just magical.
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I’m beginning to wonder if we’ve hiked into Narnia. I’m looking for a wardrobe.

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Willlow, however keeps referencing Game of Thrones, and is inspiring me to get moving by saying “Winter is Coming!” – Whatever that means ::)

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Here’s where the fun begins. Just as I was almost at the end of my rope – I see this glorious sign. (Too much in my pack, and the elevation was maxing out my heart rate)

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This is pure joy and exuberance. I am using my poles to point to Mount Washington

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Just breathtaking, the fog rolling out, and seeing the bluebird skies. Absolutely magical.

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Amazing views

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There were only a few other people at the top, which made it even more magical.

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Celebration was in order, as it was Willow’s final ascent in the Presidentials (She’s doing the New England 4,000 fters) and my first time in the Whites.

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Rocking my Cairn Patch! www.getcairn.com and use my email if you sign up! DanielleDorrie@gmail.com

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We quite literally FLEW down the mountain. It took us 3 hours going up and only 2 down.

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The Frozen Gibbs Falls. An Amazing treat on the way  down. You definitely need to stop on the way down and check it out.

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This is my accomplishment face

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And we’re done! An awesome afternoon hike. We started around 9:30, summited around 12:30, spent an hour at the hop, and then got back to the car around 3:30
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Conference Center and gift shop at the base of the mountain

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Life was meant for good friends and great adventure. Thankful to have this rad babe in my life.

FMI on our hike and parking areas – http://4000footers.com/pierce.shtml#map

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Have you hiked in the White Mountains or have a recommendation for what we should do next? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

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Cheers!

DD

 

 

 

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