Wednesday–September 15, 2021
Location–NH-16, Pinkham Notch
We’ve been watching the weather forecast for the mountains. It’s not been good–rain for today, coming in late morning, early afternoon, some storms intense accompanied by thunder and lightning. Regardless, we’ve made the decision to go, to dare to climb up and over Wildcat Mountain.
Theresa, hut crew member, has offered to get up early and prepare breakfast for Cat Tracks & me, and our table is set at six sharp with bacon, eggs, and steaming hot coffee.
There’s enough light by six-thirty to see the trail, so we’re off to a cloudy, blustery morning. The climb today is up, up, and more up, well over a thousand feet to get us over Wildcat Mountain. There are a number of viewsites along, but we’re above (and in) the clouds.
More treachery, the boulder-strewn descent from Wildcat. We’ve a nearly straight down descent of 1,500 feet in a mile.
A local who does hiker shuttles is waiting for us at Pinkham Notch Visitors Center and hauls us back to Gorham and Copperhead’s car. We’re back in the Top Notch Inn again tonight. Supper is right next door at the local pub.
A really difficult day, but no injuries. The rain (plus thunder and lightning) held off until we finished for the day. A true blessing!
Do not dare not to dare.
(C. S. Lewis)