Our plan was to spend Friday at Joe Dodge, hike to Carter Notch Hut on Saturday, spend the night and return to Pinkham Notch for a final night at Joe Dodge on Sunday.
stock of the group and decided that some would go the 1.9 additional miles right to the hut, while others would take the longer route as originally planned. I took the long route, but in retrospect since I had a full pack on my back it would have been wiser to go to the hut and dump the pack, then go exploring without a heavy load.
When I arrived on the scene the stuck hiker was off the trail, on a steep pitch, upside-down, on her back with her pack caught on a stump and holding her from sliding further out of control. John worked carefully to get her pack off and keep her from sliding. After awhile she was on her feet and I had her pack. John worked her step by step down the last two hundred yards of the steep pitch. It was slow going, but she had lost her confidence and needed the support to move safely. In the meantime, Leo and the hut caretaker had arrived on the scene and provided additional assistance. Leo cut steps and the caretaker took the injured hiker’s pack. Once on flat ground she started to regain her composure and move quicker.
operation. We had shared use of the kitchen and dinning area. Capacity is forty people and the hut was completely full while we were there. A group of about twenty Boy Scouts and leaders were there and I enjoyed watching them work. They did the majority of cleaning and KP for everyone. It was a well run “boy lead” unit.
Equipment wise I got to use my new MICROspikes and MSR Lightning Accent snowshoes. Both performed well and I am glad to have them.
Monday morning I woke before everyone else and decided to forgo sleeping in to go grab some breakfast and coffee. As I mentioned, the food at the Pinkham Notch VC is really good. I sat in the dinning room and watched as a number of families with young children came and went. It was nice to see so many parents sharing the outdoors with their children, even in the cold winter of the mountains. I look forward to future outdoor adventures with my own
Eventually our entire group made it to breakfast. Afterwards we said our goodbyes and headed home, richer for the experience.
I had one lingering after affect from the trip. The week before I was very active skiing and had not kept fully hydrated. I worked at catching up, but I was not quite there by hike time. I carried two liters of water on the hike to the hut, but with the delay in getting there, I ran out. By Monday I knew that I had a sinus infection coming on, I tried to tough it out and hydrate it away, but with another full weekend of traveling and skiing on the way I ended up taking an antibiotic to knock it out. I am healthy again and back on the slopes and hoping that the ground hog sees his shadow.
White Mountains. I always enjoy new places and new adventures and now I have a better idea of what is available only a
couple of States to the east. I am already thinking about a visit there on our way back from skiing in Maine this spring.
Good times with good friends!