"9/11 10nth Anniversary FOT48 Hike" (pictures)
Flags on the 48" and the 10nth Anniversary of 9/11. This year I chose Mt. Willey because we enjoyed the view from the lower ledge so much the year before. This year we actually had a good size group. Me, Scott, my sister Jill and her husband Rob, and two people from Rhode Island we had met on an earlier hike on Moosilauke, Caleb and Jonathan. Driving would be a little longer as we had to take I93 and access 302 through Crawford Notch due to the road being washed out on the lower portion from Hurricane Irene's flooding rains. As we entered the notch just past the Highland Center the road was half blocked and read "Local Traffic Only". I was a little nervous I wouldn't get past the construction worker standing guard. I said to the others, "what kind of local traffic do they get in the notch? It's a freekin' national forest...no houses, no business', just forest! LOL" So I drove past the blockade without so much as a glance from the man in orange! Phew! Signs of washout on this steep hill where two steep rivers cross beneath the road were very visible. Water had washed out the ditch along the roadway.
roche moutonnee) Mt. Crawford itself! Jill made the top of the ladder's looking pretty tired. She was doing so good for having a baby 3 months earlier and on the recovery from a bronchitis infection!
Flag of Honor". Also, in the two prior years we were dealing with summits which had 15 foot trees, all I had to do was climb and tape the pole to a tree. This peak had trees about 10 feet high. First the pole had too much slack. So I climbed a small tree and tied the pole to it. Then Rob and I fastened the ropes to trees to stabilize the pole. As we left the area I noticed a rope had come undone so I was back in the trees switching ropes around and trying to insure the pole would not fall or snap at a junction point. The wind was blowing really good and in different direction so it was tough getting the strings pulled at just the right angles. Scott came back to see where I had disappeared too and helped me out. Once satisfied, the flags flying high and beautifully against the blue sky, we returned to the ledge with the others.
Forest Society. We are the Moose Mountains Reservation volunteer land stewards for them. She was camping with the AMC and had told us she may come up the mountain to visit us. And here she was! She had bypassed the ledge outlook a little earlier and figured we were out at the other peaks. So she ate lunch on the other side with some lady's. She happened to check this ledge and found us! It was so exciting and awesome that she came to see us and our flag! Once the rest of her group arrived we took pictures and watched the flag make it's final flaps-in-the-wind. Then we all took it down and put all the parts away. We said our goodbyes and headed down. The steep hike down was a little slow going. We all had tired legs and were taking it easy on the moist trail.