Conway artist Bob Gordon has been a hiking buddy of mine for many years. We have driven into the mountains for many a long hike. But one day last week, as we headed north from Conway, we were thinking more of our taste buds, with a short hike tacked on.
On March 23, I injured a ligament in my left knee in a fall in Tuckerman Ravine. I’m happy to say that my recovery is coming along and I am hiking again, starting out with easier hikes and slowly working my way up.
Arcadia Publishing had been publishing books of old photos derived from local and regional history for a long time, and this area is no exception.
Recovering from a knee injury myself and now slowly working my way back to longer hikes, I have enjoyed sometimes writing about mountain people in my hiking column during my recovery. I plan to continue when the opportunity arises. Here is a special one.
The loop hike up North Moat (3,196 feet) and down Red Ridge offers a great perspective on the Mount Washington Valley, directly below. Plus a 360-degree vista of the entire region.
There is a reason that outdoor adventurers consider accidents that have happened in the past, such as in the Accident Report in the biannual AMC Appalachia Journal. It is to learn from mistakes and hopefully lessen the chance of their being repeated.
Thompson Falls, located on a rushing mountain stream at the base of the east side of Moat Mountain, is a mysterious place. Though found on the 1942 USGS North Conway quadrangle, and briefly described in the AMC White Mountain Guide back in the 1950s, it fell from public awareness.
Life has unexpected surprises and delights. Nursing a knee injury and temporarily using a walker to keep the weight off my knee brace has indirectly allowed me to discover some wonderful places to write about to appreciate the wonders of spring.
Imagine how many people are hiking all over New Hampshire on any given day. This is a wonderful and miraculous state. Hiking guidebooks are constantly being improved as well, as new editions come out.
The Mount Washington Valley, with its access to the cliffs and summits of the White Mountains, has been home in the past and present to many world class mountaineers.