Tuesday, July 25, 2000

Mount Washington, New Hampshire (6,288)

7th High Point Visited
18th Highest State High Point
38th Most Difficult

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2nd of three high points planned for week prior to Ironman USA in Lake Placid. The trip from Vermont was full of sights to see again. There were covered bridges everywhere, stopped in Bath to take picture. Traveled through Bethlehem, a Jewish retreat community, passed the Mount Washington Resort, and finally near sunset arrived to a surprise of Crawford Notch. Made camp near the base and went back to the Resort for dinner. Main dining room was jacket and tie, so went downstairs for a more casual experience. Mt. Washington (6,288) was to be my highest point to date. With a race only a few days away, it was a relief to sit back and enjoy the ride up on the COG railroad. For $44 the train went straight up the mountain, at one point 34 degrees! The steam engine was coal powered and originally used for mining. Great trip as it got colder and colder the higher we got. There is a big weather station and visitor's center at the summit. Lots of people drove up the opposite side, but hard on a car! Also Appalachian Trail goes across the ridge of Mt. Washington. Lots of cairns along the trail to help hikers in tough foggy weather conditions.






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