Day 150

What a great and tiring day. I ended up hiking about 20 miles today. It was about 15 hours of hiking.

I started hiking a Full Goose Pond Shelter, where I spent the previous night.

After getting warmed up, I entered Mahoosuc Notch. It is a deep mile long valley with sheer cliff walls, filled with boulders that were dumped there during the last ice age. The boulders are car and house sized generally. I had to put away my trekking poles, as all hands, feet, the rear and mind were needed to crawl over, around, under, between the boulders along with a few mountaineering/caving moves. It took me about two hours to move a mile here. It was fun, but a slow going challenge. There was still a lot of ice I could see and it was like being in a refrigerator. Some times I was laughing and other times cursing. It was fun though.

After this, I climbed up Mahoosuc Arm. Basically, it’s a super steep and long climb up a almost smooth slab of granite. It was hard work and I felt like I had to lean forward taking baby steps or I would fall backwards down the mountain.

Later in the day, I passed Speck Pond. Would have loved to go for a swim, but did not.

Normally after a day like this I would have set up camp and called it a day. However, today I decided to go big. I kept hiking up and over the Baldplate Mountain and its twin peaks. Shocker, it was steep up and down. The views were great. If it was wet, it would have been a little frightening. On the way down, it was so steep for a while I felt I was on a 3,000 foot cliff.

I got down safely and slowly. I kept hiking wanting to camp near some waterfalls. I thought I could make it just before dark. Turns out, I had to put my headlamp on a night hike. I got to my stealth camp at 9:30 p.m. I was so tired that I just went to bed. It was a long day and maybe my toughest day, but I felt like pushing hard and seeing what I had in me. There is no way I could have hiked what I did today, if I was just starting out. I was thinking positive thoughts all day and about that special someone, that helped me pull out this crazy day!

11 thoughts on “Day 150

  1. I am pretty much speechless Jason regarding your mental and physical strengths on this journey. I have a lot of respect for you and this journey you are taking! Your writing and picture taking abilities make one feel they are there with you! Great job Jason!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, that makes me pleased you enjoy it. I am nothing special, we all have our strengths and weaknesses that we work with. I know you and the rest of the Cramer family are strong also…and good people!

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  2. Beast!!!! Wow! I am on the floor bowing deeply to the east! I a mere mortal am in ah! Your post a few days ago about the plack up in the rockies, The Mountain Does Not Care! I think of that one once in a while…She don’t either, also the pics of the trail straight up rock bolders with the white blaze !Made me tired looking at it! Press On!

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    1. Thanks Randy, you are the best hiking partner there is.

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  3. A great day, hard work, big miles… and a good night’s sleep!

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  4. Glad I was able to help you push through the day, ha ha. Well, looks like you survived the toughest mile on the AT, so then you decide to go and challenge yourself further. I bet it was a great day for you, the pictures are so good.

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  5. Good grief, Jason! Those steep stones look so dangerous. And they are. Well you made it. Congratulations!

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  6. I know those pictures can’t begin to show the size/magnitude of what you did on this day. Incredible! Great job, buddy. Really enjoyed reading this entry!

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    1. Thank you my friend. Please have a yummy quality fresh meal for me…and your taste buds!

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      1. You’re the one who needed a good, quality meal after this ginormous day! Lisa and I can’t wait to take you for some massaman curry! Not spicy. LOL

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      2. mmmmmmm…made me smile!

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