Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winter Mt Watatic

January 1st.
I wanted to be somewhere. I wanted to set my intent for the year. I have been out of the woods, real woods for a long time. The Holidays and the stumble in my Winter hiking confidence I guess. 
After gathering my gear and weather report on where to find snow I headed back to Ashburnham. 
Why not? I have hiked it before so I know what I am doing so it would make a great first real Winter hike.
In my life you learn to roll with the punches so I have a complete back pack with microspikes and snow shoes to cover whatever the conditions are and to just practice carrying the load and OF COURSE I leave my lunch bag on the stove. 
Surprisingly, I am able to hook myself up just fine at a gas station store with yogurt, hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks and nuts. 
I'll let you scroll through the photos but I mean really?? The day was incredible. I was an epic geek master and excited to use all the equipment.
Hey, Guess what? You don't fall on your ass when you wear Microspikes!! If you recall my post over a year ago on Rattlesnake Mt I crashed and burned about 5 times. I was also wearing jeans. Oh the lessons I have learned. 
I any case I have a great and easy trek to both summits and then decided to take the side trek .4 miles to NH. Really just because I could.
Shortly down the trail I see 2 woman walking towards me, slogging along in the snow when I think Hey, I have more geek equipment on my back. I stopped at a conveniently placed log and traded my spikes for snow shoes and happily moved along. 
I no longer feel like a geek when I pass women with a bottle of water and a granola bar and I have my pack on.
Gear can be cool bitches!

1 comment:

Barry said...

Gorgeous pictures. Memories for a lifetime.
Well done.

Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40
5/20/18 YPD Run to Remember 37.37 12:08