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The Revenge of the Ravine

July 7, 2011


The Plan: Drive north to Jackson, NH on wednesday morning to hike 2/3rds of Mt. Washington via Tuckerman’s Ravine (trail). Camp overnight in a lean-to structure. Wake up at 3:30AM and hike to the summit in the light of the early dawn. Watch the sunrise from the highest peak in the northeast. This would be our revenge on Tuckerman’s Ravine, considering the elements beat us the last time we tried.


Reality: We left on time with enough layers, food, and water to last us for a week of noreasters in the middle of the woods. Despite it being July, we were prepared for the worst considering some of the harshest weather conditions and fastest ever wind speed have been recorded at the summit. But we weren’t prepared for what actually would happen…


Just 3 miles short of the base of the mountain, and three hours into our journey, thick clouds of smoke began escaping from the hood of our old sedan. We hesitantly pulled over to the side of the winding road, and using our expert knowledge on all things car related……… decided to keep driving. Seconds later we realized the car would no longer accelerate as the transmission came to a halting death.


Miles from any person, solid structure, and most devastatingly any cell phone reception, we begin to walk north in hopes of finding some help. I guess we looked innocent and desperate enough for a car to pull over and give us a lift to where we were headed, fortunately only a few miles down the road.


With all of our hiking gear left to back in the car, along with a bleak note stating ‘Broke down, we will return’…. we knew our destination to the summit was out of the question.


After hours of broken calls to everyone blood related within 200 miles of us, we finally got word that Mom was on her way to save the day. Saint. Our car now sits in a lot 200 miles from us waiting to be fixed with plenty of my possessions in it.


We had 2 more hours to kill so we took what we had and did a speedy hike part way up and back down to let off some steam. And let off steam we did, as the sky opened and the rain began to pour we couldn’t help but chuckle at the occurrences of the day.

{Me eating bacon wrapped chicken and feeling utterly defeated}

Once we were picked up, we ate our sorrows at the Yankee Smokehouse, which was a nice alternative to eating the 15 hard boiled eggs we had packed for our dinner on the mountain top. (An additional gluten free menu here, complete with gluten free beers! )


I skipped the Redbridge beer they offered and waited to dive into this when I got home…

{New Grist Gluten Free beer, delicious and well deserved}


I wish I had gorgeous sunrise pictures and funny stories to tell you, but we didn’t quite get the revenge on the Ravine that we had hoped for, in fact I’d say the Ravine got it’s revenge (once again) on us.


But the mountain will always be there and the sun will always rise. So one day that hike at dawn will happen, and I’ll be back with prettier pictures than me eating bacon, and funnier stories than transmissions dying.


Have you ever had a day ruined by car troubles or unexpected occurrences? Were you able to make the best of it somehow? I think we definitely made the best of it yesterday by learning how to be resourceful, still getting in a good hike, and laughing through all of it.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2011 12:28 pm

    Ahhh. I feel like this is the story of my life. I can totally relate. Good thing you were with friends though, and not alone! Now THAT would have sucked 😉 Gluten free beer sounds awesome. You totally deserved that. Note too self: Must try new cool beers, asap.

    PS — love the new blog look!

    • July 7, 2011 3:44 pm

      I was actually with my brother’s which was even better because thankfully they are somewhat resourceful. My friends and I would have been wandering for hours with no clue what to do hahah! And yes, I have been loving trying out some new beers although my choices are somewhat limited its still been fun!

  2. July 7, 2011 12:47 pm

    Bummer! I was wondering which trail you were going up, my husband was trying to figure out where you would be camping. We came via AT so there were no places other than the two huts along that route.

    Better luck next time!

    • July 7, 2011 3:47 pm

      Yep, about 2/3rds up Tuckerman’s there are 8 lean-to structures you can camp in. And I looked into some of the cabins they have but they are more expensive. Which route does the AT come up? I saw a box for all the thru- hikers mailed packages and after reading your friends’ blog I knew just what that meant, it was cool!


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