Monday, December 31, 2007

A snowy quest

For the past 9 days, the first website that I check over my morning coffee is the hiking community blog, Views from the Top. Views from the Top is a great resource for hikers to check trail conditions, read reports of other hikes and get information about anything related to the outdoors and hiking. Much of the information on the site is geared toward the trails on the 48 4000 footers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Climbing all of the 4000 footers is an accomplishment (one that C has almost completed) and there are certain groups of people who try to do it as even more of a challenge by doing the peaks all in one year or even one season or even twice in one season but since 3:56 a.m. on December 22, 2007, one individual has been trying to climb all 48 4000 footers in the miniscule time frame between the start of Winter and the end of the year.

Reading the posts as he and others strategized the hike and following his story through postings of hikers who have spotted him or heard from him during his infrequent breaks is probably one of the most exciting sports events of the year for me.

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