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Presidential Traverse

Presidential Traverse

Postby peterhol@aol.com » Tue Aug 24, 2004 3:00 pm

Presidential Traverse

by Peter Holleran


In mid-September 2003 I combined a wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts with a trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to attempt in one day to run over nine peaks of the Presidential Range surrounding Mt. Washington, the tallest peak in the northeastern United States. Notorious for extremes of weather (including, at 231 miles an hour, the fastest recorded winds in the world - a piece of data the marketing team at Mt. Washington exploits to the fullest), Washington has had an attraction for me ever since I trudged up the Tuckerman Ravine trail on Memorial weekend, 1968, with a high school friend to ski the famous Headwall, a 1000 foot glacial cirque with a 60 degree pitch that collects snow all winter long providing the latest and steepest skiing in the East.
The so-called Presidential Traverse is a rite of passage for long distance hikers and runners in New England, the relatively short 20-23 miles belying the difficulty of its 8000
peterhol@aol.com
 

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