Pemi Loop, 31.5 miles...
And off we go, it's 6:45am, goal is 12 hours or less.
Bogie, Tucker and Deb
Tucker's first difficulty, but he figured it out just fine.
Looking over towards the other, west side of the loop, where we'll be in about 6-7 hours. That's the Franconia Ridge and Mount Lafayette.
Looking over towards Twin
Bogie and Deb on the Bondcliff Trail
From where we just came.
Deb and Bogie trotting up the Bondcliff. Nice easy pace all day long.
Again looking over towards Twin, in the far distance is Mount Washington.
We could not have asked for better weather. 70's, sunny and dry.
Trails were getting busy on this great day.
Tucker and I plowed on ahead to the summit of Twin, up next Galehead Hut for lunch.
Tucker's looking for Mommy (Deb)
More great scenery from Twin, which is the official "mileage" halfway point. Most of the tough climbs, though are in the 2nd half. Galehead hut is my official halfway, where we'll stop for lunch
My attempt of a self portrait shot of me and tucker on Twin while we wait for Deb and Bogie.
Tucker is getting sleepy already...
And here's Deb actually running up the trail.
Yes, and there's Bogie...
Galehead Hut, halfway and time for lunch. It's 12 O'clock! 5:15 into the Pemi!
Here we had some great potato soup and 2 glasses of lemonade all for 4 bucks each!
An attempt to try and photograph Garfield, our next summit. If you look close you can see it....when we looked at it, Bogie said it was discouraging to see how high up it was.
Going up the rockslide and waterfall towards Garfield
Now on Garfield, it's 1:14PM. Many hikers up here in this great weather.
That's our next destination on the loop, Mount Lafayette.
Nice shot showing the ridgeline along and up to Lafayette. Many puds in there (pointless ups and downs)
Mount Lafayette and all the remaining peaks afterwards on the loop. Yes, we go over all of those little points, but it was good running.
Steve and Deb on Garfield
Bogie and "his" partner, Tucker...
Lafayette..yes, we're coming!
Heading up the final assault on Lafayette, still a ways to go.
Sign along the Garfield Ridge Trail...we've come 5.8 miles from the hut and I'll bet it's been 2 hours or more because it was all steep climbing.
They really take care of the hikers with the signs. We're on the Franconia Ridge Trail, which is also the Appalachian Trail.
The ridgeline in front of us. Other than the climbs, this was all great running and we were making up some time lost on the climbs. That's Bogie running on ahead...
After taking this photo, Deb and Bogie had gotten ahead of me, so I truned and started to run downhill, running chest first into a piece of ledge, breaking my camera LCD, which was in my front Nathan Pack pouch. Rib is bruised, but OK.
Ridgeline ahead fo me....all pictures are now a guess because it has no viewfinder, you have to look at the LCD to center your photo, but it's cracked.
From where we came, that's Garfield on the left, twin and Bonds across the ravine.
Another shot, now looking at the Bonds, where we first climbed up onto the ridge.
More of the trail in front of me, see how runnable it is? Deb and Bogie are now out of sight, so I have some catching up to do.
Maybe "THIS" is where I busted my camera!
Down some steps on the Osseo Trail....almost done! Well, about 6 miles to go, but all downhill.
Yes, we're done and soaking the legs in the chilly Pemigewasset River. I had to guess on this shot and the bridge was bouncing from hikers crossing behind me.
Tucker is tired....
Finish was about 11 1/2 hours...
Tucker back in the truck after having downed one brew and getting ready for the 2nd. What a dog we have! Run 32 miles in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, have a brew and sleep.