Photo Gallery: Passage through the White Mountains

If you’d like to experience an approximation of the wind on top of Mount Adams, hand a friend a sledgehammer and have them swing it at your chest. The force of the blow caught my 70-liter pack and used it as a sail, twisting me and nearly casting me down the hillside. I lurched and caught myself, arms pinwheeling before crouching down in a shallow depression to get my bearings. It was time to seek lower ground.

To experience the White Mountains is to get in touch with some hard and heavy forces of nature. With long exposed faces, soul-crushing and leg-burning climbs and fast-changing weather, there’s little else to be said other than these mountains show no quarter. In all the days since Harpers Ferry, I have not felt as challenged, invigorated, and – finally – utterly beaten down than I have on these past days through New Hampshire’s high country.

Rather than a long block of text, here are some photos to that point.


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