Wipeout! (Four TImes)

Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
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Trip End Jul 30, 2010


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Monday, July 26, 2010

So we have decided to do a moderate hike today.  I am not sure who decided the Jackson Branch of the Webster-Jackson Trail is moderate.  How about extremely difficult.  So we dropped off Bruno at Doggy Day Care (I think he got the best deal) and decided to hike to Mts. Jackson and Webster.  Mt. Jackson is a 4000 footer.  Due to time we decided we would just to Mt. Jackson. We first took the wrong trail (Saco Lake Trail), pretty but not going to get us to Mt. Jackson.  So just a hop over was the right Trailhead and we started.  The plan was to make the climb up 2150 feet. Not a hard elevation (Grand Canyon is 4200 feet).  Well half of this trail is boulders and rocks, very difficult.  We started off okay and then started to climb, and climb.  We made a error at one point, they do not mark this trail very well. We hit the split (1.4 miles in) and took the Jackson Branch. We were 1.2 miles away.  We stopped just short of the steep large boulders to reach the summit. This summit was hard for the dogs and I would say I am not up to scrambling. So to add insult to not achieving the summit.  We saw a young boy and two elderly ladies who made.  The women did say the were holding on for dear life.  Nope, sorry not that talented.  So we started the treacherous hike down.  Oh my, that was not easy and as you can tell by the title I fell on my Dukakis (hope you like that Nadia) a total of four times.  Boy my behind is killing me.  It took just over two hours to get down and the entire trip took five and one half hours.  By the time I got to the end I was soaked in sweat and dirt and exhausted.  And to think tomorrow will be Mt. Washington, much more strenuous and twice the elevation.  Oh boy, lots to look forward to.  
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