Our three-peak (two 4,000-footer) hiking adventure began quite early in the morning. Darren and I left Portland around 6am, hoping to reach the trailhead around 8:30-9:00. After a bit of confusion (the highway in Franconia had a series of detours that really confused us and our lack of phone GPS connection), we reached the trailhead closer to 9:00.

The trailhead was well-equipped with a bathroom right near the parking lot. (Though beware – it smelled awful.) We checked and rechecked our bags and set out.

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Earlier in the week, Darren and I had planned a hike that involved getting Jackson and Pierce. (Remember that time I had intended to do Webster and Jackson only to miss Jackson completely and end up 6 miles up the road on Rt. 302?) This was our “make-up” hike to try to bag that peak! After examining our AMC maps for a little bit, we realized that we could hit Eisenhower if we added on 3 more miles. We proposed this idea to our hiking friends and everyone seemed on board. So we added Eisenhower to the list of peaks to hit on Saturday!

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After months and months and months of anticipation, I finally did my first hike of 2015! Hiking was the #1 activity that I missed during marathon training. Now that I’ve hopped back to tri training, hiking is a perfect form of cross-training – so I gathered the troops and we planned a really exciting hike in the Whites.

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To end our Camden trip right, Darren and I decided to hike Mt. Megunticook on Sunday. Saturday was a foggy washout, so we figured that waiting would have its rewards.

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This Mt. Washington hiking trip had been planned for a little over a month. Needless to say, it was a hike that was very much anticipated. It was extra special knowing that I’d get to summit the tallest mountain in New England on my birthday weekend!

We arrived at the Cog Railway hiker’s parking lot around 8:30am. I had been hydrating like crazy on the drive over. Luckily, we were able to use the Cog Railway Station restrooms before starting our hike, around 8:45. The group consisted of: Cole, Chris, Darren, Josh, Jess, PD and myself.

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Yesterday we embarked on a much-anticipated 3-peak hike. I was really looking forward to this hike for a few reasons – first, it’s a relatively quick hike for being able to conquer 3 4,000-footers, and second, we had tried twice before to do this hike, having to reschedule. This was finally it!

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